RB Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles
|5-10, 208||Born: 0-0-1994||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Wendell Smallwood's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs NO (10 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Smallwood was the de facto starter for the Eagles in the road loss in New Orleans. However, they struggled to run the ball throughout even staked to a 14-point first quarter lead. Smallwood runs bigger than his size inside but was met by a stout Saints front on most of his touches. Smallwood had one touchdown opportunity, churning down to the goal line on a red zone attempt. While Smallwood had a notable role down the stretch, expect heavy competition added on the depth chart in the offseason with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles projected free agents.
2018 Week 18 vs CHI (8 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Smallwood drew the start for the Eagles against Chicago, but gave way to Darren Sproles for much of the final three quarters of snaps and touches. Smallwood had a handful of successful contributions, including 30 yards on two of his opportunities alone, one being a well-blocked screen reception. Smallwood was invisible for much of the second half, rarely seeing work. The start moniker faded quickly after the first few drives and Sproles took over.
2018 Week 17 vs WAS (12 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Smallwood led the Eagles in carries and total touches against Washington, but the Philadelphia backfield was a full-fledged committee yet again in Week 17. Smallwood enjoyed the best blocking of Eagles backs, producing 20 yards on two notable well-blocked holes in the first half. Smallwood gained yards on his own accord, breaking tackles on a screen pass and another third-down reception of note. Smallwood nearly scored on a red zone rush, churning down to the two-yard-line and later was stuffed on a third-and-short situation. Smallwood heeded to Josh Adams as the clock-grinding option in the fourth quarter and Darren Sproles was involved in the red zone again this week. Smallwood's weekly role remains tough to project each week.
2018 Week 15 vs LAR (10 / 48 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Smallwood's 12 touches marked his highest total since back in Week 6 as the Eagles' backfield turned into a full three-headed amalgam in Week 15. Smallwood was active in the red zone with two touchdowns through contact and exploiting multiple other runs for 10 yards with outstanding blocking. Smallwood also had a nine-yard run called back by penalty. Smallwood was the hot hand over Josh Adams as the game progressed and rose in involvement this week with the season-ended injury to Corey Clement.
2018 Week 10 vs DAL (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Smallwood saw minimal snaps early in the game against Dallas before flashing as a receiver in the second half. Most notably, Smallwood made a quality catch on a throw behind him. However, the Eagles are running a heavy rotation of three running backs, limiting the upside of Smallwood in the process.
2018 Week 8 vs JAX (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 42 / 1 rec)
Smallwood drew the start against the Jaguars, but the Eagles ran a three-headed committee at running back. Smallwood did flash with his 10 touches, including a wide open screen pass for a chunk touchdown and a game-clinching 10-yard run, churning through a defender, in the closing minutes as Philadelphia salted away the victory. With Josh Adams more involved suddenly this week, Smallwood is a part of a cluttered backfield where the back with the goal line looks or heavier passing game involvement.
2018 Week 7 vs CAR (9 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
As teammate Corey Clement struggled on the ground against Carolina, Smallwood found some room to log a positive performance. Smallwood runs bigger than his size (208 pounds) inside, including a power third down run and chunk runs of eight and 10+ yards respectively between the tackles during the game. Smallwood was stuffed on a screen pass, but did log a 50+ yard gain on a reception called back by penalty beyond the box score. Smallwood and Clement are firmly in a committee backfield with little clarity on the preferred option for a given game.
2018 Week 6 vs NYG (18 / 51 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smallwood saw the start against the Giants and was the primary interior runner with Corey Clement serving as a complementary back in the Eagles' rotation. Smallwood showed toughness inside and ran with more power than his size would suggest, dragging a defender for a chunk of yardage on a notable interior run. Smallwood did fumble in the game, but it was reversed to an Eagles recovery upon replay. Smallwood was limited as a receiver with Clement the clear preferred option through the air. While Smallwood had 19 touches in the blowout win, he did not have any touchdown opportunities or optimized looks for potential big gains.
2018 Week 5 vs MIN (3 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec)
Smallwood was a strong No.2 back for the Eagles with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles out against the Vikings. Jay Ajayi rarely got into a rhythm as the starter by title and Smallwood was the back making more plays in space, seeing two big gains on a run and a catch with quality blocking. Smallwood's best sequence came on a perfect wheel route throw by Carson Wentz in the red zone late in the game, followed by a two-point conversion on a toss, successfully diving for the pylon. Smallwood remains a Jay Ajayi injury (check) and more commitment to the run game by the Eagles away from being a higher-level performer, but has been a pleasant surprise over the past month, including this game, with his touches.
2018 Week 4 vs TEN (5 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Smallwood had an elevated role with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles inactive against Tennessee. Jay Ajayi was the clear preferred option for snaps on early downs but Smallwood had his change-of-pace and hurry-up passing role for eight touches. Smallwood did log a drop, but also exhibited nice balance through contact on yards-after-the-catch on another occasion.
2018 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 56 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Smallwood saw a substantial increase in snaps and touches with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles out of the lineup against Indianapolis. Smallwood was on the field before Corey Clement, running for two chunk gains on the opening drive. Smallwood lacks the tackle-breaking ability of Clement, relying more on a well-defined running lane or merely pushing the pile for his success. Smallwood was left along down the seam for his notable reception and churned in for a goal line touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Eagles' lone scoring chance for a running back in the game. On the positive note for Smallwood, Clement was not the clear starter over Smallwood, but the backfield did lack clarity either way for a true lead back in how they were deployed against the Colts.
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