WR TreQuan Smith - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 200||Born: 1-7-1996||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 3, pick|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
TreQuan Smith's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 19 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
The lack of usage and production continues for Smith after he was only targeted once this week. He did manage to make that catch, but the return of Ginn has really cut into his playing time. Smith operates in the same space as Ginn and now Kirkwood. He is not a viable option going forward outside of a potential touchdown when everyone else is covered. Smith has not lived up to the big games he had in the middle of the season.
2018 Week 17 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 30 / 1 rec)
Even with starters taking half reps of the offense really needing someone to step up, Smith produced a subpar game. He led the team with 30 receiving yards while catching 3 of his 4 targets and a touchdown. This was the perfect week to step up and show the Saints that he should be their third option going forward. Smith's touchdown grab was spectacular in the end zone. He went up and over his defender to reel in the Bridgewater pass that had sailed. Smith took a big hit on his way to the ground and managed to hold on to the ball. It is contested catches like these that he needs to make if he wants to carve out a role on this team. Smith has gotten chances with other players injured this year but has not stepped up and established himself as a consistent option in the offense.
2018 Week 16 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The return of Ginn may have all but spelled doom for Smith targets. He managed to catch his lone target for 11 yards, but he does not appear to be a big part of the game plan going forward now that Ginn is back from injury. Even rookie Keith Kirkwood outplayed him this week and 7 other receivers had more targets than him. The offense is still very thin at the receiver position, but if this game was any indication, Smith is going to be irrelevant in the coming weeks. The Saints are committed to Ginn barring any other sort of late injury.
2018 Week 15 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
It was a very quiet game for Smith against the Panthers this week. He caught 2 of his 4 targets and failed to surpass 20 yards. He has been a boom or bust candidate all season and has been on the bust side of things a lot more recently with the passing game struggling. There is a chance that Ted Ginn comes back from his knee injury for the playoffs and that will more or less put Smith out of business in the offense. There has been no clear second across from Thomas this season and the Saints may have to look outside the organization in the off season to fill that role. Smith's longest catch of the night was 9 yards and he did not play a major role in this one.
2018 Week 14 vs TB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The offense has just not been the same in the last 2 weeks and Smith has not contributed at all. He had a single target this week and did not catch it. The emergence of Keith Kirkwood has really cut into the playing time for Smith and that looks to be a trend that is going to continue. Smith has surprised a lot of people this season since filling in for Ted Ginn but that has changed in recent weeks. Any value in Smith may be lost with 3 tough matchups to close the season.
2018 Week 13 vs DAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The enigma that is Smith continues to baffle Saints fans. After not playing in week 12, he was back this week and played 44 offensive snaps or about 85% total. He registered a single target, but it was on a ball thrown away by Brees and was nowhere near catchable. Smith has seen 60%+ of offensive snaps since week 5 but cannot show sustained success. After having 10 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in week 11, Smith was a non-factor this week. Smith has a great chance to get back on track against a very soft Buccaneers defense next week.
2018 Week 11 vs PHI (13 / 10 / 157 / 1 rec)
It is not often that Thomas is outpaced by another receiver on the team, but that is exactly what happened this week. He may have done a lot of damage with his 4 targets, but he was over shadowed by the 13 that Smith got this week. Thomas averaged 23 yards per catch this week and hauled in a 23 yard catch down the side line. It was a beautifully thrown fade down the side line where even the safety giving help over the top could not make a play on the ball. Brees floated the ball 20 yards down the field and hit Thomas in stride for the last 3 yards and the touchdown. This is the kind of magic we have come to expect from the duo over the course of the season. Thomas gets another great matchup next week against a struggling Atlanta secondary on Thanksgiving.
2018 Week 10 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It almost seems impossible for Smith to not make an impact in a game where the Saints score 52 points, but here we are. There were 3 rushing touchdowns and 3 passing touchdowns and Smith did not account for any of them. He did not have a single target the entire game. The running game was working so well, and Thomas continued his elite production to the point that Smith was irrelevant this week. The Saints do not think he is the answer after signing Bryant and even with his injury they are now talking to Brandon Marshall again. The Saints called up Kirkwood from the practice squad and even he got his first career reception. He has seen a falloff in production and is highly touchdown dependent the rest of the season.
2018 Week 9 vs LAR (3 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
It was another relatively quiet week for Smith, outside of his touchdown reception. He does not have any competition from Cameron Meredith or really anyone else out of the slot right now, but that targets have been dominated by Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara. Smith played almost 68% of the offensive snaps this week and only managed 3 targets. His most important target was the 4-yard touchdown he caught to give the Saints a 21-14 lead. He made a quick cut to the outside before coming back across the middle on a slant. Brees fired a rocket that Smith pinned against his chest as he dove to the ground. The play looked to feature Thomas on the outside, but it was Smith the broke free across the middle first and Brees found him for the touchdown.
2018 Week 7 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
With Ginn on the IR and the big game Smith put up last week, it was no surprise to see him utilized more in the offense. What is the most interesting is how much he cut into the playing time of Cameron Meredith. Smith had 52 offensive snaps this week or about 73% of plays, while Meredith only registered 18. With Meredith being the veteran, it was just surprising to see Smith take away so many of those snaps. He managed to haul in 3 of his 6 targets and had the second longest play of the game for the Saints. Smith hauled in a 26-yard pass deep down the left sideline to help setup an eventual Alvin Kamara touchdown run in the second half. Smith has seen his snap count increase each week this season and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues or if Meredith gets more involved next week.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 111 / 2 rec)
Filling in for an injured Ted Ginn, Smith showed that he has all the same skills. The speedy receiver surpassed 100 yards on 3 catches and hauled in 2 touchdowns. He was not featured in the offense but did make the best of his opportunities. The first pass was the one that broke the all-time passing yards record. Smith settled into a void left by a blown coverage along the sideline and Brees found him open and alone for 62 yards and a touchdown. The second play he simply outran his man in coverage and with the safety jumping a deep in route all it took was a perfect ball thrown by Brees for a 35-yard touchdown. Smith showed that he can do all the same things as Ginn and is a much younger and cheaper option. It will be interesting to see how his role in the offense evolves over the course of the season.
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