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RB Rod Smith - Dallas Cowboys

6-3, 231Born: 1-10-1992College: Ohio StateDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Smith's damage was done in garbage time, but he has still scored in three straight weeks and the Cowboys could control the game against the flatlining Raiders this week. Next week when Ezekiel Elliott returns, Smith will be droppable.

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The duo of Rod Smith and Alfred Morris led the Cowboys backfield to another solid showing on the ground last week as they amassed 109 rushing yards and a touchdown against the Giants. Smith and Morris virtually split snaps with Morris getting just four more plays than Smith, but Morris remains the clear first/second down back as he racked up 19 carries compared to Smith's six. Both players contributed in the passing game, but Smith had a massive day sparked by an 81-yard touchdown reception that blew the game wide open in the second half. With Tyron Smith and Zack Martin both back and playing, a healthy Cowboys offensive line will be a tough matchup for any opposing defense. Alfred Morris will continue to lead the backfield next week until Ezekiel Elliott returns in Week 16. The Raiders run defense continues to be mediocre as they are statistically in the middle for most categories. They had a tough time keeping Kareem Hunt contained last week as he rushed for 10 or more yards on three plays on his way to 116 rushing yards with a 4.6 yards per carry average. This was a step back after the Raiders locked down a couple of very bad backfields for the past two weeks. We have seen opposing running backs get the best of the Raiders with an 80+ yard game allowed to five different running backs over the course of the season, but other than those few games, the Raiders have done a decent job managing opposing backfields. Navarro Bowman continues to play well while their weaker defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes actually had a solid outing last week and has been playing well over the last five weeks. Still, though, the Cowboys have the definite advantage in the trenches and should get the edge in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs PHI 30 8 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.1
12 vs LAC 34 9 41 1 2 2 7 0 0 10.8
13 vs WAS 27 10 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 8.7
14 at NYG 29 6 47 1 5 5 113 1 0 28
15 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 2 * * * *
15 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 2 * * * *
15 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs NYG (6 / 47 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 113 / 1 rec)

The clarity of Alfred Morris' and Rod Smith's roles in the Dallas running back committee continued to solidify this week against the Giants. Morris was the clear preferred option on the interior and early in the game. However, Smith dominated snaps in the red zone and obvious passing situations, even seeing success as a split out receiver. Smith was a highlight player this week with a number of impact plays. Smith showed great reactions to a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage, scrambling to find the ball in the air and get a first down. Smith iced the game with two fourth quarter touchdowns. One of them came as a split out receiver, showing a strong move at the line of scrimmage to shake the defender and outrace the rest of the defense down the middle of the field for an 81-yard touchdown. On the other, Smith found the perimeter on a rushing attempt, again with no defender in the area on the third level of the defense, en route to a third down touchdown. Smith's blend of power, speed, and hands have been a welcome addition to the depth chart, especially during the period with Ezekiel Elliott out of the lineup and making Darren McFadden expendable midseason.

2017 Week 13 vs WAS (10 / 27 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith played a secondary role in the huge game by Alfred Morris against Washington. Smith's snaps were minimal until the fourth quarter, only converting a red zone option run of note through the first three quarters. Late in the game, Smith paired together an easy perimeter run in the red zone and a goal line touchdown to support much of his cumulative stat line. Outside of a negative game script as seen in Week 12, Smith is the clear No.2 back outside of Alfred Morris faltering with the lead role.

2017 Week 12 vs LAC (9 / 41 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Smith rarely saw the field early in the game against the Chargers, but dominated snaps in the red zone and late in the game as Dallas trailed. Smith's high leverage red zone carries resulted in getting down to the goal line on one attempt, followed by powering through contact for the goal line touchdown, Dallas lone score of the game. Smith saw most of the snaps in the fourth quarter and mixing in with Alfred Morris more in the third quarter than the first half.

2017 Week 11 vs PHI (8 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith logged decent snaps in the first half and notably converted a third down carry. However, Smith was a clear secondary option to Alfred Morris and Dallas' offensive line struggled once again to consistently pave running lanes outside of a singular stretch in the third quarter. Smith, like Alfred Morris, is a fair weather runner who is only as good as his situation, which is subpar as Dallas offensive line struggles in the run and pass games to control the line of scrimmage.

2017 Week 10 vs ATL (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)

Smith played ahead of Darren McFadden as the second back to Alfred Morris' starter status against Atlanta. Smith assumed the former Morris role to Ezekiel Elliott with sporadic snaps on rushing downs until the game turned into catch-up mode. Smith played more over the final quarter and a half as Dallas shifted to a pass-first approach. Smith piled up much of his passing down production when the game was already decided. The good news for Smith is he was firmly ahead of Darren McFadden, who saw a rogue snap or two during the game.


Latest News

Cowboys | Rod Smith posts big stat line in win (Sun Dec 10, 08:29 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith rushed six times for 47 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the New York Giants and he added five receptions for a game-high 113 yards and another score on his five targets.

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Cowboys | Rod Smith big part of passing game (Sun Dec 10, 04:17 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith caught five passes for 113 yards and one touchdown against the New York Giants in Week 14. He also rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown on six carries during the game.

Our View: All of Smith's meaningful production came in garbage time, but it counts just the same if you plugged him in as a desperation play. He'll get a second look as one next week against the Raiders.
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