Rod Smith
Rod Smith
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tennessee Titans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Signed by the Giants, Smith will vie with Wayne Gallman for the job of backing up Saquon Barkley. Smith had long been Ezekiel Elliott's backup in Dallas, so he knows the drill - inconsistent and modest usage barring an injury to the starter. At 6-3, 235, Smith is a big back, but he averaged only 2.9 YPC on 44 rushes and caught only nine passes last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Titans in October of 2019.
Absent from injury report
RBTennessee Titans
October 16, 2019
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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
With only four touches through his first two seasons, Smith seemed destined to remain a special teams player, but he opened eyes with a 45-yard run in Week 7 against the 49ers, then got a chance to shine when Elliott served a six-game suspension. Smith scored five touchdowns in a four-game stretch sharing work with Alfred Morris, and his 160 scrimmage yards against the Giants in Week 14 cemented his spot as the No. 2 back when Elliott returned for Week 16. The 24-year-old doesn't have a lot of speed or quickness, but he has the size and power to grind out extra yards between the tackles. The Cowboys replaced Morris with seventh-round pick Bo Scarbrough and also traded for Tavon Austin, but it appears Smith would still be first in line for the lead job if anything were to happen to Elliott.
Smith's willingness to do whatever the Cowboys ask of him -- whether it's convert to fullback, play special teams, or act as a cheerleader for his brother Jaylon's rehab from knee surgery -- kept him on the roster last season, but only one touch (a four-yard reception) in seven games gives a clear idea of his fantasy upside. He may fill a depth role again in 2017, but that's his ceiling.
The older brother of 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith, Rod played in one game with the Seahawks as a rookie before being cut and catching on with the Cowboys for the remainder of last season as primarily a special teams player. Converted to fullback in the offseason due to his size and willingness to lay a hit, Smith could see plenty of snaps in 2016 if he can win a starting role at that position but his touches would remain very limited as he's tasked with opening holes for Ezekiel Elliott and keeping Tony Romo upright rather than getting yards on his own.
An undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, Smith has no chance of making the roster. His best hope is the practice squad, and that might not even happen.
More Fantasy News
Draws questionable tag
RBTennessee Titans
October 11, 2019
Smith (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Turron Davenport of reports.
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Lands with Tennessee
RBTennessee Titans
October 8, 2019
Smith (groin) signed a contract with the Titans on Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
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Released from IR
RBFree Agent
September 11, 2019
The Giants released Smith (groin) with an injury settlement, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
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Placed on IR
RBNew York Giants
August 31, 2019
Smith (adductor) will be placed on injured reserve, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves with groin injury
RBNew York Giants
August 22, 2019
Smith left Thursday's preseason contest against Cincinnati with a groin injury and will not return, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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