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RB Antone Smith - Atlanta Falcons

5-9, 190Born: 9-17-1985College: Florida StateDrafted: ---

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News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 27): Smith exited the Falcons' Week 8 game against the Lions due to a neck injury of unspecified severity. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Smith is dinged up and the Falcons are on bye. There's no reason to hold this "hail mary" play right now.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 at NYG 1 2 0 3 3 83 1 0
6 vs CHI 2 5 0 4 4 64 1 0
7 at BAL 3 10 0 2 2 -1 0 0
8 vs DET 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CHI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)

A lot of fans are calling for Smith to see more carries because he has been so efficient as a big-play threat. However, it's worth noting that Atlanta is using Smith as a space player and varying formations and personnel so much that it's difficult for the opposition to keep track of when certain personnel is in the game, which makes it more difficult to key on the big-play runner. It's also unknown how good of a pass protector and interior runner Smith is and the young player's production might be a case where fans want to see more, but the staff is thrilled with the current usage and production without pushing the envelope. In this game, Smith continued to produce. He gained a quick five on a screen to the left flat where he was hit hard at the end of the carry and bounced off the ground. Atlanta kept him in the game for the next play, which was during the Falcons' third series and Smith earned three yards on a cutback from left tackle to left guard. Later in the half, Atlanta placed Smith wide on the twin receiver side of an empty formation and targeted him on a slant for 10 yards. On the next play, Atlanta put Smith in the I-formation and threw him a screen pass to the right flat, which he took 41 yards for the score. In the following series, Smith earned a short yardage play and he leaped over the top and was awarded the first down. The camera angles didn't offer a favorable take of the official's spot of this first down, but the Bears did not challenge.

2014 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)

Smith gained close to eight yards on a screen pass in Atlanta's third offensive series and then ripped through a crease inside left guard for nine yards after making a fine press outside and cutback to the inside. This particular carry early in the first quarter was one of a few others that where often reserved more for Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. One of Smith's best runs was a toss sweep to left end that he took for a first down after displaying second effort behind the line of scrimmage in the flat to combat the defense effectively spilling the blocks to the edge. Despite a decent first quarter, Smith and the Falcons offensive line lost its second center this season and Atlanta was unable to build on its initial success. Before the two-minute warning Smith lost five yards on a screen play when linebacker C.J. Mosely wrapped the runner. In the third quarter, Smith lost one on another attempt to the edge on a pitch play that Baltimore spilled outside.

2014 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith gained nine yards on a screen in the late first quarter, but he was ineffective for the rest of the game. He was stuffed up the middle and later strung out at the perimeter short of the first down late in the half. Devonta Freeman earned more looks early in the game and was a bigger part of the game plan this week. The timing of the usage was a big difference for Atlanta compared to other weeks and it may be something to monitor down the stretch.

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Latest News

Falcons | Antone Smith OK (Wed Oct 29, 10:09 AM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) is going to be fine after suffering a stinger in Week 8.

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Falcons | Antone Smith won't return (Sun Oct 26, 12:10 PM) - Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a neck injury and will not return.

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Falcons | Antone Smith leaves game (Sun Oct 26, 11:16 AM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a neck injury and is questionable to return.

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Schedule

9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers