QB Alex Smith - Washington Redskins
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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General News (Wed Jan 31): has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension that will keep him with the Redskins through the end of the 2022 season. The deal will reportedly include approximately $70 million in guaranteed money. Per NFL rules, the trade cannot be officially completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14). Smith has played 13 seasons in the NFL but is not close to hanging up his cleats. "I love what I do too much, I love the challenge of it, I still feel great, my body feels great," Smith said.
General News (Tue Jan 30): has been traded to Washington. Smith and Washington reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
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2017 Week 18 vs TEN (24 / 33 / 264 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, while also rushing four times for 13 yards. Smith got off to a hot start, leading the Chiefs to a 21-3 lead at halftime before being stonewalled by an aggressive Titans defense in the second half. This could very well be the last game that Smith plays in a Chiefs uniform, and it is one that is going to leave a bad taste in his mouth as the game was there for the taking for Kansas City. Smith came out firing in the first half, leading the Chiefs to a touchdown on their second and third possessions, and then scoring another touchdown right before halftime. Smith was able to find Tyreek Hill for a 45 yard pass in which Hill ran a crossing route from the left side of the formation. Smith hit him perfectly in stride allowing Hill to get to the outside and turn the ball up the field. On the very next play, Smith connected with Travis Kelce for a 27 yard gain that set up a one yard run by Kareem Hunt. Smith had success attacking the Titans cornerbacks on crossing and drag routes where Kelce, Hill and DeMarcus Robinson were able to use their speed to beat their defenders to the outside. Smith came back with a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce on the Chiefs second possession, as well as Robinson on another crossing route right before half time. However, once Kelce went out with an injury, the Titans defense buckled down, put pressure on Smith and bullied the Chiefs receivers at the line of scrimmage. It was for this reason that the Chiefs were unable to score in the second half and put the game away. The Chiefs will certainly have suitors for Smith's services in the off-season, and it makes sense that they will move on with 1st round pick Patrick Mahomes waiting in the wings.
2017 Week 16 vs MIA (25 / 39 / 304 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 25 of 39 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing four times for 13 yards. It was Smith's fifth game with 300+ passing yards and his 11th game without an interception. Smith played really well in this game and took advantage of a weak Dolphins secondary. He hit Tyreek Hill down the field for gains of 33 and 52 yards. The first play came with Smith in the shotgun formation, where he took a two-step drop and threw the ball to Hill's back shoulder 30 yards down the field. Hill made a nice catch before stepping out of bounds for a big gain. Smith hit Hill again on a 52 yard reception where Smith just threw a perfect ball 50 yards and hit Hill in stride between two defenders. It was the type of throw that Smith is criticized for not being able to convert, but there isn't a quarterback in the NFL who could have thrown a better ball deep down the field to Hill. Smith's only touchdown pass came on a nine yard play to Travis Kelce. Smith lined up in the shotgun formation took a two-step drop before throwing a dart to Travis Kelce on a slant route in the end zone. Smith threw a hard ball up and in to Kelce who made a nice snag. I don't know what Smith ate before this game, but he came out throwing the ball much harder than I've seen in any other game this season. His downfield passes were on target and placed perfectly for his receivers to make the catch but their defenders could not make a play on the ball, which is exactly what you want out of your quarterback. The Chiefs are a dangerous team with playmakers at the skill positions and on their defense and special teams, so don't be surprised to see them make a post-season run.
2017 Week 15 vs LAC (23 / 30 / 231 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 23 of 30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdown, and also ran three times for 13 yards. Smith's total stats do not look prolific, but he played very well considering the fact that the Chiefs ran the ball 32 times compared to only 30 passes. The one constant in the Chiefs offense this year has been when Smith is able to push the ball downfield, their running game is often very effective. This was no different against the Chargers, as Smith was able to find Tyreek Hill for a 64 yard touchdown pass. Hill ran a straight go-route right past his defender and Smith threw an accurate ball that hit Hill in stride for about as easy as you will see a 60+ yard touchdown in the NFL. This one play had a huge effect on the game, as the Chargers were forced to play more men in coverage, allowing Kareem Hunt to gain consistent yards on first and second down, and set up easy third down conversions for the Chiefs.
2017 Week 14 vs OAK (20 / 34 / 268 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Smith chipped in 24 yards on five carries, as well. While Smith failed to convert a touchdown on the day, he did an excellent job of moving the offense and making plays down the field, completing passes of 20+ yards to four different receivers. Smith made several nice throws to Tyreek Hill, including one on third and 16 that set up a Kansas City score. Smith took the snap in shotgun formation and went through his progressions. Hill ran a deep comeback route and his defender gave him a nice cushion to prevent him from beating him deep with his speed. Hill turned on the breaks and stopped on a dime, and Smith threw a nice pass, although it was a little high. Hill made a very nice catch and converted the first down. Smith has been taken more shots down the field the last two weeks than he had in any two game stretch this season and it paid off big time for the Chiefs.
2017 Week 13 vs NYJ (19 / 33 / 366 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 70 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 19 of 33 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs stunning loss to the New York Jets. Smith also ran one time for 70 yards, showing that he still had the athleticism and speed that made him an effective spread option quarterback in college. A week after Smith started to hear whispers about rookie Pat Mahomes potentially taking over the reins of the Chiefs offense, Smith went out and silenced critics regarding his inability to move the ball. In many ways it was a revelation, as Smith sliced and diced the Jets secondary, beating them deep down the field time and time again. The four touchdown passes equaled his touchdown total from weeks 8-12. Smith started off red hot, completing his first five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, and never took his foot off the gas. His first two touchdowns passes, both of which went to Travis Kelce, came on plays of 22 and 36 yards. On the first play, Smith play-action faked to Kareem Hunt and then waited for Kelce to get open on a deep crossing pattern to the left sideline. Smith threw the ball accurately into a small window and led Kelce perfectly, allowing him to sneak into the end zone. On the second play, Smith play action faked to Hunt once again, stepped up in the pocket and led Kelce very nicely down the left sideline. Kelce was wide open thanks to some nifty route-running and a mix up in the Jets secondary, but the throw was one that Smith was not making in previous weeks. Smith’s next touchdown pass came in the middle of the third quarter and went for 79 yards to Tyreek Hill. Smith lined up in the shotgun and hit Hill on a straight go-route down the field. Hill just flat out beat his man down the field, and although Hill had to slow down slightly as he caught the ball, Smith threw the ball 44 yards in the air on a rope and it was exactly where it needed to be in order for Hill to beat his man for a touchdown. Smith’s final touchdown pass went to Hill again for a 40 yard score. Smith lined up in the shotgun, play action faked to Hunt and threw a dime to Hill on a deep slant route. While the previous touchdown pass was just a touch behind Hill as he raced down the field, this one was exactly where it needed to be. It was placed in a small window and Smith had to gauge Hill’s speed perfectly, something that is not easy to do. Throw in a 70 yard run where Smith slipped a sack at his own 10 yard line, and then raced down the field, broke another tackle around the 50 yard and finished off around the Jets 15 yard line, and Smith had his best game of the season and one of his finest as a professional.
2017 Week 12 vs BUF (23 / 36 / 199 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 35 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 23 of 36 passes with one touchdown and one interception. Smith also led the Chiefs in rushing, gaining 35 yards on five carries. Unfortunately for Smith, his interception came at the worst time, with the Chiefs driving to win the game in the final minute of the 4th quarter. Smith has put himself in a precarious position, after winning five straight games to start the season, the Chiefs have now lost five of their last six games. The touchdown pass from Smith to Albert Wilson snapped a streak of over eight straight quarters without an offensive touchdown for the Chiefs. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Smith, although that is a little unfair considering the incredible rushing attack that the Chiefs started the season with has now gone away. Smith was unable to get the Chiefs offense in a rhythm, specifically on first down. The Chiefs offense often put themselves in third and long situations, and the Bills defense feasted on it. They were able to contain Smith and the Chiefs offense and held them to a long gain of 28 yards. Smith has gone from an MVP candidate to potentially losing his job to a rookie, although coach Andy Reid has publicly stated that he is going to stick with Smith down the stretch of the regular season.
2017 Week 11 vs NYG (27 / 40 / 230 / 0 / 2 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 27 of 40 passes for 230 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, while also rushing five times for 27 yards. Smith does not have the strongest arm, he depends mostly on his accuracy, timing and intelligence, so he had a rather difficult time navigating the swirling winds at Giants stadium. It wasn't that he was having trouble completing passes, it was just that his normal throwing range was diminished even further. This meant that a majority of his targets came in the short passing game, and the intermediate passes that generate big plays for the Chiefs receivers after the catch were non-existent. The one throw Smith was able to complete down the field came on a straight go route to Tyreek Hill who ran right past his defender up the left sideline. Smith threw a very nice ball that was slightly behind Hill, however Hill was able to go up and make the tough catch. The Chiefs offense can go only as far as Alex Smith can take them, but for that to happen he needs to be able to distribute the ball accurately to his receivers in space and let them gain yards after the catch. It seems the rest of the league has begun to realize this and have started playing bump and run coverage on Tyreek Hill on the outside, and double teaming Travis Kelce in the middle of the field. Kelce had a big day, but the Giants defense did a great job of containing the rest of the offense and that ultimately kept the Chiefs to only nine points on the afternoon.
2017 Week 9 vs DAL (25 / 34 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 25 of 34 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, while also rushing five times for 19 yards. While his overall stats do not look that bad, Smith's production was padded by a 56 yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill with no time left on the clock in the first half. All Smith did was deliver a pass over the middle to Hill, with the Cowboys in prevent defense. Hill was able to miraculously shake off all the Cowboys defenders and score an improbable touchdown. Without that play, Smith's stats look rather unimpressive, although it should be mentioned that big plays have become a hallmark of the Chiefs offense this season, so that may be an unfair criticism. The Cowboys secondary did a good job of keeping the Chiefs speed in front of them, which limited their ability to gain yards after the catch and in space. With Dallas controlling the tempo of the game (and going four for four in the red zone), Smith was unable to move the ball effectively when the Chiefs were trailing by two scores. The Chiefs don't have the size on the outside to win one on one matchups down the field, and Smith's arm doesn't really cater to that type of attack. While they have found ways around that this season, it will continue to come back and bite them when they find themselves trailing against a defense that can contain their speed.
2017 Week 8 vs DEN (14 / 31 / 202 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith completed 14 of 31 passes for 202 yards and one touchdown. Smith also ran the ball four times for 33 yards. The story of the night was Travis Kelce, who was able to get open at will against the Denver linebackers and Smith keyed in on him. Smith started the game off with a 19 yard completion to Kelce on the third play of their first possession. Although Smith threw the ball a little high and behind Kelce, the Chiefs tight end managed to make an excellent catch in the middle of the field. On the Chiefs very next possession, Smith went right back to Kelce for a 29 yard touchdown where Kelce absolutely left his defender in the dust on a sick double move where he a slant to the middle of the field and then right up the left sideline. Smith threw a well-timed ball, but the truth was Kelce was so wide open that even Tyreek Hill could have thrown the touchdown pass. This was a game where Smith did not have to be at his best, as the Chiefs defense gave him great field position and held the Broncos offense to a 38% success rate on third down.
2017 Week 7 vs OAK (25 / 36 / 342 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Smith was spreading the ball around early, hitting new #2 receiver Demarcus Robinson and backup tight end Demetrius Harris for first downs, but he was unable to convert a third and long and the team had to settle for a field goal. The second drive was about to stall out, but Smith drew a roughing the passer penalty, and finished the drive with a high pass that allowed Travis Kelce to use his length and good hands to convert into a score. Smith led a three play, 99-yard drive in the second quarter with a nice pass to Demarcus Robinson to get out of the shadow of his own goalposts and then a deep ball to Tyreek Hill that was easily past the last line of defense and allowed Hill to run under it for the effortless score. Smith was more of a dink and dunk passer on the two-minute drill drive for a field goal at the end of the first half. Smith got away with one on the long touchdown to Albert Wilson. It could have been picked or broken up, but instead it deflected right into Wilson's hands for the score. A deep ball to Hill keyed another second half field goal drive. Smith got the team into the red zone, but couldn't convert a third and long at the 19. Smith got the team out of their own end on the next to last Chiefs possession of the game, but couldn't convert a third down under pressure. He was sacked again on third down on the Chiefs last chance to salt away the game on offense.
2017 Week 6 vs PIT (19 / 34 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a rough game against the Steelers, completing 19 of 34 passes for 246 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. He also chipped in 13 yards on four rushing attempts. The Steelers defense got to Smith from the start of the game, forcing a safety on the Chiefs third play of their first possession. The biggest difference between this week and past week's for the Chiefs was Smith's ability to get his skill position players open in space. While Smith was able to complete short passes, his receivers often found themselves tackled as soon as they caught the ball. Smith completed six passes for five or fewer yards, which goes a long way in showing how well the Pittsburgh secondary bottled up Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Smith's lone touchdown pass came on a broken play where he was able to escape a heavy Pittsburgh pass rush. Smith scrambled to his left and found DeAnthony Thomas streaking down the sideline. Thomas made the catch on the sideline, juked his defender, and then shrugged off another tackler on his way to a 57 yard touchdown.
2017 Week 5 vs HOU (29 / 37 / 324 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 19 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith has begun to separate himself from the pack at MVP thus far into the season, piloting the Chiefs to an NFL best 5-0 record. He played brilliantly again on Sunday night, completing 29 of 37 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also rushed five times for 19 yards. Smith's rushing total does not really explain how well he managed to escape the pocket and extend plays. While the Chiefs wide receivers after Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are unheralded, they have been able to contribute this year more than other's due to the fact that Smith has been so good at extending plays and finding them wide open. Smith completed 14 of his 29 passes to receivers not named Hill, Hunt or Kelce, by far the highest of the 2017 season. Smith's 8 yard touchdown pass to Charcandrick West was a product of Smith's ability to break the pocket and force defenders to choose between letting him run in the red zone or abandoning their passing lane.
2017 Week 4 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 293 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 56 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith had another highly efficient day, completing 27 of 37 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown. Smith took advantage of the wide berth that the Washington secondary gave his explosive receivers by rushing for 56 yards and a touchdowns. While Smith has always been a mobile quarterback, it was impressive to see how he looked off defenders and knew the exact moment to break the pocket and scramble. Smith's longest rush of the night went for 37 yards on what was sort of a broken play. Smith took the handoff under center but dropped the football as he was taking his drop. Instead of panicking, he continued to take his five step drop and upon seeing a heavy rush from the Washington defense, he took off out towards the right sideline. After gaining right around 15 yards, a Washington defender looked like he was going to cut Smith off at the sideline as he was running at an angle from the middle of the field. 99% of NFL quarterbacks would have quickly stepped out of bounds and been happy with the first down on a broken play, however Smith saw that there was plenty of open field in front of him. Instead of stepping out of bounds, he continued up the sideline and even tried to cut back towards the middle of the field as he approached a Redskins defender head on. His decision to keep running gained him another 22 yards and put the Chiefs over half-field with 26 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Knowing the Chiefs had two timeouts left, Smith made a fantastic decision, and it was the type of play that reminded many of us why he is without a doubt the best option for the Chiefs at quarterback, despite the fact that they used a high draft pick on Patrick Mahomes in this year's draft.
2017 Week 3 vs LAC (16 / 21 / 155 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a very Alex Smith like game. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. In this game, Smith played the role of distributor, completing passes to eight different receivers, while making sure he didn't turn the ball over. With Kareem Hunt exploding with big plays, as well as Tyreek Hill, Smith doesn't have to force the ball into tight coverage, which plays to his strengths. Smith threw a beautiful ball to Tyreek Hill for a 30 yard touchdown. Hill ran a deep crossing route create separation from his defender as he worked towards the right sideline. Hill lofted his throw and led Hill out in front of him, which Hill was able to run under for an easy touchdown.
2017 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 28 / 251 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith continued where he left off in week one, completing 21 of 28 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown. He also added 21 yards on four rushes. Smith did most of his damage in the passing game by taking advantage of the mismatches that Travis Kelce created on the outside. While Smith does not have the biggest arm, he understands how to use accuracy and touch to throw his receivers open in space, and did so perfectly on a 44 yard gain to Travis Kelce in the 1st quarter. With Kelce lined up on the right side of the formation, Smith took a four step drop and threw a great ball down the sideline to Kelce, who had beat his defender off the line of scrimmage. It was a great example of how Smith is able to create big plays without throwing the ball deep down the field.
2017 Week 1 vs NE (28 / 35 / 368 / 4 / 0 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith played the game of his life against the Patriots in week one, completing 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Smith has survived in the NFL by being an extremely accurate passer, while minimizing his mistakes and keeping his team in the game. He displayed a willingness to take shots down the field that was not there in recent years, which is interesting considering the Chiefs let Jeremy Maclin- who is more of a prototypical #1 wide receiver than Hill- go in the off season. Smith's best asset is his accuracy, and he did an incredible job of hitting his wide receivers in stride to take advantage of their speed on the outside. He was able to connect on a 75 yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill, and a 78 yard touchdown to Kareem Hunt. A lack of explosive plays have kept the Chiefs from advancing in the playoffs in recent years, but if Thursday was any indication of things to come in Kansas City, the AFC may have a new representative in the Super Bowl this season.
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