Wendell Smallwood
Wendell Smallwood
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Philadelphia Eagles
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Smallwood saw between 13 and 43 snaps in his first six games of 2017, but the acquisition of Jay Ajayi prior to Week 9 rendered the 24-year-old moot, and he spent virtually the rest of the season on the inactive list. In 2018, he will have to stand out in the preseason compared to Donnel Pumphrey, Matt Jones and undrafted free agent Josh Adams for the fourth and likely final running back spot on the Eagles roster. While coach Doug Pederson has been very public this offseason in his support for Smallwood, his lack of size compared to Jones and Adams may be what costs the West Virginia product in the end, as the team has no goal-line masher type now that LeGarrette Blount split for Detroit. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.58 million contract with the Eagles in May of 2016.
Gets competition from Howard
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
March 29, 2019
Smallwood is facing more competition after the Eagles acquired fellow running back Jordan Howard in a trade with the Bears, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
ANALYSIS
Howard becomes the instant favorite to serve as Philadelphia's lead runner, albeit in a backfield that has consistently taken a committee approach since coach Doug Pederson was hired in 2016. There's still room for Smallwood to earn a significant role -- especially on passing downs -- but it also isn't difficult to envision a scenario in which he fails to make the 53-man roster. Howard was selected three picks before Smallwood in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, leaving both players in the final season of their respective rookie contracts. The Philadelphia backfield may get even more crowded before training camp, as Darren Sproles may decide to play another season and the draft is still to come.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Wendell Smallwood'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.
Broken Tackle %
7.8%
 
Positive Run %
87.4%
 
% Yds After Contact
58.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.4
 
Rushing TD %
3.4%
 
Touches Per Game
6.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.1%
 
% Team Targets
5.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.4%
 
Drop Rate
8.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.5
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Wendell Smallwood's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
208 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.83 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
A fifth-round pick in 2016, Smallwood doesn't have ideal size for a lead back at 5-10, 208 pounds, but in a backfield that includes the undersized Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, that makes him a giant. Smallwood doesn't have any one standout trait as a runner, but he's shown flashes of good vision and speed, as well as a complete package of third-down skills. He got few chances to display those abilities as a rookie behind Sproles and the oft-injured Ryan Mathews, and ended the season on IR due to a knee injury of his own. With Mathews seemingly on his way out and Sproles not getting any younger, Smallwood could end up seeing the largest share of the Eagles' backfield touches in 2017. A heavy workload still seems unlikely, barring an injury to free-agent addition LeGarrette Blount.
The Eagles snagged Smallwood in the fifth round of the draft, but they might need him sooner rather than later. Starter Ryan Mathews has been injury-prone for the majority of his career, while Darren Sproles enters an age-33 season and wasn't happy during the spring. Smallwood led the Big 12 in rushing as a junior— playing bigger than his 5-11, 201-pound frame — and was a capable receiver, though his average catch fell significantly his final year. The Eagles offense figures to have a number of moving and variable parts as the Doug Pederson era begins; Smallwood could be anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 when the season starts. But if you're in the mood to fade Mathews, especially in a long-term format, there's plenty to like with Smallwood.
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Lead back in divisional-round loss
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 13, 2019
Smallwood rushed 10 times for 33 yards and brought in his only target for six yards in the Eagles' 20-14 divisional-round playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Eight carries in wild-card win
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 6, 2019
Smallwood rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 more in Sunday's 16-15 wild-card-round win over Chicago.
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Ready to go Sunday
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 4, 2019
Smallwood (hand) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's wild-card contest at Chicago.
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Limited participant Thursday
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
Hand
January 3, 2019
Smallwood was limited during Thursday's practice due to a hand injury, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports
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Splits work with Adams, Sproles
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
January 1, 2019
Smallwood had 12 carries for 53 yards and four catches for 24 more in Sunday's 24-0 win over Washington, playing 26 snaps on offense (37 percent), Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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