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RB Rod Smith - Dallas Cowboys

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

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2017 Week 16 vs SEA (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Smith was the clear No.2 back for Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott back from suspension against Seattle. Smith played minimally but did see snaps in the second quarter of note in relief of Elliott. Smith's most notable impact came in the fourth quarter, catching a third down target and breaking a tackle to convert for a first down. With Dallas' season over, Smith may see additional playing time in Week 17 to save wear and tear on Ezekiel Elliott.

2017 Week 15 vs OAK (7 / 13 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Smith scored for the fourth straight week (five touchdowns total) with Ezekiel Elliott serving the last game of his six-game suspension against Oakland. Smith was the No.2 back throughout the first half, but elevated in snaps in the second half as Dallas struggled to run the ball. In the fourth quarter, Smith saw more snaps than Alfred Morris, including getting a goal line touchdown. Smith was shifty on a notable reception after the catch and has been the preferred hurry-up back for Dallas. Smith did add a holding penalty in pass protection this week. Ezekiel Elliott's return downgrades Rod Smith and Alfred Morris' roles, but Smith has challenged Morris for snaps enough during these six games to question which is the more impactful option behind Elliott to close the season.

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.


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