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October 6, 2020 06:52 PM
Rod Smith: Visits with Carolina
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers hosted Smith for a visit Tuesday, Albert Breer of reports.

The Panthers utilized Reggie Bonnafon as Mike Davis' primary backup with Christian McCaffrey (ankle) out, but now Bonnafon is on the practice squad injured list with an ankle injury of his own. Smith could serve as depth until either McCaffrey or Bonnafon are healthy, but he'd likely need to sign with the practice squad.

September 29, 2020 07:28 PM
Rod Smith: Cut from practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants cut Smith from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Giants let Smith go and opted to sign veteran RB Alfred Morris to the practice squad. Smith played six games in 2019 but played almost exclusively on special teams.

September 10, 2020 12:20 AM
Rod Smith: Latches on with Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith signed on with the Giants' practice squad Wednesday, Art Stapleton of reports.

Smith was cut by the Raiders on Sept. 1 after failing to make the roster, but he was able to find a new gig elsewhere. The 28-year-old saw action in six games between Tennessee and the Raiders in 2019, but failed to record a fantasy relevant stat.

September 1, 2020 08:40 PM
Rod Smith: Cut by Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders released Smith on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

The Raiders drafted Lynn Bowden -- a versatile talent -- in the third round and signed Theo Riddick this offseason, and Smith ended up being the odd man out. Last season he played almost exclusively on special teams, so he'll seek a similar role less than two weeks until the season opener.

August 18, 2020 02:24 PM
Raiders' Rod Smith: Cleared from ailment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Smith landed on the reserve list on Aug. 6, but as evidenced by this news, he finally cleared the appropriate protocols to return to practice. Now healthy, the 28-year-old looks to be competing with Devontae Booker for the No. 4 role in Las Vegas' backfield, behind Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden.

August 6, 2020 10:16 PM
Raiders' Rod Smith: Lands on COVID-19 list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders placed Smith (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Smith will need to gain full clearance before rejoining teammates at the early portion of training camp. The 28-year-old looks to be competing with Devontae Booker for the No. 4 role in Las Vegas' backfield, behind Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden.

March 22, 2020 01:48 AM
Raiders' Rod Smith: Re-ups with Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Smith joined the Raiders all the way back in December and played just a single offensive snap, so it's fair to say it's entirely possible the running back could be battling for his job in the preseason. As it stands, Smith is likely just a depth piece behind obvious offensive factors Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard.

December 10, 2019 07:36 PM
Raiders' Rod Smith: Heads to Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.

Josh Jacobs is tending to a fractured shoulder and his status is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, so Smith will join the Raiders to add depth to the backfield. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard carried the load during Week 14's loss to the Titans, posting 96 and 46 yards from scrimmage, respectively, while the former scored a rushing touchdown. It's unclear whether Smith will have a role in the offense if Jacobs sits out, but it'll likely be minimal at best.

November 19, 2019 06:04 PM
Rod Smith: Works out with Raiders
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brown had a tryout with the Raiders on Monday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Smith was waived by the Titans last week after suiting up for just three games with the club. The journeyman running back has primarily been a special teams contributor and is now looking to earn a job in Oakland. He would presumably land on the team's practice squad first if he did make enough of an impression during his workout.

November 12, 2019 05:24 PM
Rod Smith: Waived by Titans
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith was waived by Tennessee on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Smith played just three games for the team this season, seeing only special-teams work over three contests. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis continue to hold down the fort in Nashville.

October 16, 2019 07:36 PM
Titans' Rod Smith: Absent from injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Turron Davenport of reports.

Smith was questionable for this past Sunday's game against the Broncos but he was ultimately an inactive. The 25-year-old running back appears ready to suit up for Week 7's game against the Chargers, and he'll serve as a change-of-pace back.

October 11, 2019 03:04 PM
Titans' Rod Smith: Draws questionable tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Turron Davenport of reports.

Smith popped up on Friday's injury report despite being a full participant in practice. If healthy, the 25-year-old will likely serve as the No. 3 running back option in Tennessee, behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis.

October 10, 2019 02:40 AM
Titans' Rod Smith: Lands with Tennessee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (groin) signed a contract with the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

The Giants cut Smith on Sept. 11 on an injury settlement, but Tennessee's decision to add him to the 53-man roster implies he's likely healthy now. The 25-year-old will likely slot in as the No. 3 option on the depth chart at running back behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis and will likely make his biggest impact on special teams.

September 11, 2019 07:16 PM
Rod Smith: Released from IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Giants released Smith (groin) with an injury settlement, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Smith wasn't expected to play a large role in the Giants' offense behind RB Saquon Barkley, but he couldn't stay healthy enough to have a chance. Once he shakes off this injury, he'll be free to sign with another team.

August 31, 2019 03:12 PM
Giants' Rod Smith: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith (adductor) will be placed on injured reserve, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

This all but assures Paul Perkins will make the 53-man roster, but the Giants could still add to their backfield depth at some point prior to Week 1.

August 22, 2019 08:32 PM
Giants' Rod Smith: Leaves with groin injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith left Thursday's preseason contest against Cincinnati with a groin injury and will not return, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Smith recorded five carries for eight yards and a touchdown before exiting. It's unclear how serious the injury is. The 25-year-old also notched 12 touches for 50 total yards in last week's tilt against Chicago.

August 16, 2019 11:52 PM
Giants' Rod Smith: Receives 12 touches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith carried 10 times for 42 yards and caught both his targets for an additional eight yards during Friday's 32-13 preseason win over the Bears.

Smith started with the first-team offense with Saquon Barkley resting, finishing with a respectable 4.2 yards per carry. The majority of his production came on a 17-yard gain, and his meager production as a receiver wasn't enough to really catch the eye. Smith is a reliable backup option behind Barkley, but he's unlikely to have a large role regardless of how he performs in the preseason.

May 9, 2019 02:56 PM
Giants' Rod Smith: Staying within NFC East
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Giants, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After luring Golden Tate away from the Eagles, the Giants have now poached another player from a division rival in Smith. Perhaps the fantastic outing Smith had against the Giants in 2017 -- when he racked up 160 total yards and two touchdowns as a member of the Cowboys -- left a strong impression because he has otherwise underwhelmed in a backup role, only averaging 2.9 yards per carry last season. In New York, he'll battle with Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins (pectoral) for the No. 2 job behind Saquon Barkley.

April 16, 2019 05:20 PM
Rod Smith: Tries out for Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith worked out for the Bengals on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

An undrafted free agent in 2015, Smith has spent the last two seasons as Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup, turning 99 carries into 359 yards (3.6 YPC) and five touchdowns. On top of his contributions on the ground, Smith gathered in 28 of his 35 targets for 262 yards (7.5 YPT) and one more TD while playing a significant role on special teams. After the recent release of Mark Walton, the Bengals are in need of running back depth behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, so Smith likely will get a long look due to his experience.

April 12, 2019 04:12 PM
Rod Smith: May be replaced during draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cowboys may draft a replacement for Smith, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Smith had five touchdowns in a four-week span while Ezekiel Elliott served a suspension in 2017, but the 27-year-old managed just 44 carries for 127 yards (2.9 average) and one score in 2018. While he isn't anything special as far as backup running backs go, Smith contributed 522 snaps on special teams over the past two seasons. He should at least find an opportunity to compete for a roster spot, if not a No. 2 RB job. Another season in Dallas might make sense even if the team supplements its backfield during the draft, as the current depth chart is limited to Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn behind Elliot.

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