Rod Smith
Rod Smith
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $1.32 million contract with the Cowboys in January of 2017.
Tries out for Bengals
RBFree Agent
April 16, 2019
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.
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How do Rod Smith's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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% Snaps w/Touch
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Air Yards Per Snap
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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May be replaced during draft
RBFree Agent
April 12, 2019
The Cowboys may draft a replacement for Smith, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Inefficient in contract year
RBDallas Cowboys
January 20, 2019
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.
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Finds end zone in spot start
RBDallas Cowboys
December 30, 2018
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.
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Starting for Elliott
RBDallas Cowboys
December 30, 2018
Smith will start at running back for Ezekiel Elliott (coach's decision) on Sunday at the Giants, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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In line for increased role
RBDallas Cowboys
December 30, 2018
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.
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