RB Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia Eagles
|5-10, 208||Born: 0-0-1994||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 5|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 13 vs CIN (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Wendell Smallwood is starting to become a guy that can not be trusted for fantasy purposes. When Ryan Mathews went down all signs pointed to Smallwood building on the early season game against Pittsburgh, but he has had back to back weeks with Mathews out where he had under 10 carries. Part of this has to do with the game script as the team falls behind early and abandons the run, but even on short yardage and goal line work Sproles seems to be getting that so it is hard to trust Smallwood going forward.
2016 Week 12 vs GB (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Smallwood figured to get the majority of the work out of the backfield today, but the Eagles abandoned the run early as the rookie back only had 9 carries. Smallwood barely edged Carson Wentz in rush yards today but was not given very many opportunities to do so. Even with a broken rib, Daren Sproles still accounted for more yards than Smallwood, and the Eagles just do not seem to trust the rookie back.
2016 Week 11 vs SEA (13 / 48 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Smallwood is going to be the big name in Philadelphia as he may end up being the starting running back next week. The rookie back did see some extended work last week, but has never seen a full workload in the NFL. Smallwood managed both an 18-yard run and reception today as he lead the team in carries and receptions out of the backfield. If Sproles is unable to go next week, Smallwood will be the feature back and get his first career NFL start.
2016 Week 10 vs ATL (13 / 70 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smallwood makes his first appearance on this list as he took touches away from Daren Sproles in the running game today. The rookie back was second to only Ryan Mathews out of the backfield today and played his biggest role of the season. Smallwood ripped off 19 and 12 yards rushes off the left end on the first drive of the third quarter to help set up a field goal. Smallwood is a back to watch going forward to see if his role with the team increases.
2016 Week 3 vs PIT (17 / 79 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smallwood was the surprise of the game for the Eagles as he racked up 79 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown. Smallwood was a 5th round pick out of West Virginia in last year's draft and figured to get little playing time behind Matthews and Sproles. He emerged as the games leading rusher and could see his role expand going forward. If Matthew's injury ends up being more serious than thought, Smallwood would likely get the first chance based on this performance today.
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