Smith rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 44 carries over 16 games in 2018. He also caught nine of 12 targets for 60 yards.
Smith was rarely much of a factor in the offensive gameplan outside of a lone spot start in Week 17 while filling in for a resting Ezekiel Elliott. His longest play went for just 14 yards, and his 2.2 YPC was among the least efficient in the league. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Cowboys move on when Smith becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
Smith carried 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-35 win over the Giants. He also caught two passes for an additional 14 yards.
Smith started in place of the resting Ezekiel Elliott, finishing with double-digit carries for the second time in his NFL career. He averaged just 2.9 yards per carry but was able to salvage his day from a fantasy perspective with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. With Elliott rested and ready to handle a heavy workload, Smith should play a minimal role during the team's wild card game next weekend.
With Elliott dominating the backfield, per usual, in 2018, Smith has earned the occasional touch en route to 32 rushes for 92 yards and seven catches (on nine targets) for 46 yards. Smith does have one career start under his belt -- Week 11 against the Eagles last season -- but managed just eight carries for 11 yards.
Smith and Darius Jackson are expected to split reps out of the Dallas backfield Sunday against the Giants with the Cowboys planning to rest Ezekiel Elliott, team sources tell Jane Slater of NFL Network.
Since he's not dealing with an injury, it's unclear if Elliott will be inactive for the contest, but even if he dresses, the star running back would likely only see spot duty or serve as an insurance option behind Smith and Jackson. Locked in as the NFC's No. 4 seed in the playoffs regardless of how Sunday's action plays out, the Cowboys have little to gain by exposing Elliott, so Smith and Jackson should both be in line for their heaviest snap counts to date. Elliott's status as a three-down workhorse has limited Smith to just 39 touches (32 carries, seven receptions) through 15 games, with Smith mustering just 2.9 yards per tote.
Smith lost seven yards on two carries during Sunday's 27-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Sunday represented the worst in what has been a very mediocre statistical season for Smith, who has reached double-digits in total yardage just five times this season while playing behind star back Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys have nothing to play for Sunday against the Giants -- they'll be the No. 4 seed no matter what -- so it's possible that Smith carries a larger load against the league's No. 14 run defense, giving up 4.4 yards per carry.