Smith is making a good impression on Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "[Smith]'s a guy who has improved mentally, physically, just all-around," Watson said. "He's been doing a great job. He's handled every challenge."
Smith caught on with Houston as an undrafted rookie last season, handling a top-three role for Week 17 and the playoffs after Demaryius Thomas suffered a torn Achilles. The team should have better injury luck with its wide receivers in 2019, but Smith will at least be in the mix for the fourth spot on the depth chart, competing against DeAndre Carter and a slew of other young, undrafted players. Houston might still consider adding a veteran, given that Will Fuller (knee) and Keke Coutee combined for just 13 appearances last season.
Smith did not catch either of his two targets in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
Smith filled in for the injured Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and played 90 percent of the offensive snaps, but he was largely avoided after failing to come up with a catchable deep ball in the first quarter. The 2018 undrafted free agent made a couple of plays this season but was inactive most weeks, playing only when injuries hit. In an ideal world, the Texans will have Will Fuller (knee) available in 2019 and won't have to rely on someone like Smith, who is under contract through 2020.
Smith caught three of five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
Houston's depleted wideout corps has given Smith an opportunity. He played 65 of 77 snaps (84 percent) as a fill-in for the injured Demariyus Thomas (Achilles), who will not be available for next Saturday's playoff game against the Colts. If Keke Coutee (hamstring) is unavailable for a sixth straight week, Smith could play an important role in the playoffs.
Smith caught his lone target for a 35-yard touchdown catch in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Eagles.
Smith made a remarkable catch, getting both knees down in bounds before sliding out the back of the end zone, to give Houston a lead late. It was Smith's first career touchdown and second career reception. The unheralded rookie from Limestone College (South Carolina) was in the game because Demaryius Thomas left due to an Achilles injury. Adding Thomas to an injury pile already occupied by Keke Coutee (hamstring), who missed a fourth straight game, means Smith and DeAndre Carter take on significance for Houston in Week 17 against Jacksonville and beyond into the postseason.
Smith is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Smith was active for Houston's last two games, playing 11 snaps and not catching a pass. He appears to be last on the team's wide receiver depth chart. The Texans picked up DeAndre Carter two weeks ago and are giving him the nod in place of Smith.
Smith is among the options to fill in for the injured Will Fuller (knee) for the remainder of the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Smith and Sammie Coates should get an uptick in playing time, although Smith got more snaps earlier in the season when Keke Coutee was sidelined. The wideout picture for Week 9 becomes further unsettled by Coutee's hamstring injury, which could prevent him from playing against Denver. The likeliest scenario to play out is Smith and Coates having a minimal impact, especially since Houston may join the trade market for a wide receiver. Coach Bill O'Brien is expected to feature Houston's resurgent ground game, which has compiled 329 yards the last two weeks, against the Broncos' 27th-ranked run defense.
Smith did not suit up for Houston's Week 5 win over Dallas.
Smith was on standby all week as both Will Fuller and Keke Coutee were limited by hamstring injuries. When those two injured wideouts were deemed healthy enough to play, Smith was part of the Texans' inactive list.
Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Smith's absence will leave four active wideouts on the Texans' roster -- DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Sammie Coates and Keke Coutee. Smith has been targeted four times in three games, hauling in one for 28 yards.
Smith caught one of two targets for 28 yards in a Week 3 loss to the Giants.
Smith received a boost in playing time Sunday after Bruce Ellington left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. His lone catch came on the Texans' meaningless touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. If Ellington's injury lingers, we presume the Texans would like to give fourth-round draft pick Keke Coutee precedence over Smith, but Coutee has yet to play due to a hamstring injury.
Smith failed to bring in either of his two targets in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Smith failed to capitalize on his increased opportunity with Will Fuller (hamstring) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) sidelined Week 1. The 22-year-old did not play a single snap on special teams, so Smith may struggle to maintain a role on Houston's 53-man roster if the team's receiving core returns to health.
With both Will Fuller (hamstring) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) out Sunday, Smith should see added opportunities in Week 1, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
DeAndre Hopkins and Bruce Ellington are the safer fantasy plays this week, but Smith is a player to watch in order to see if he makes the most of his increased opportunities out of the gate.