WR Tre'Quan Smith - New Orleans Saints

6-1, 200Born: 1-7-1996College: UCFDrafted: Round 3, pick 2018

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Smith left the Week 2 game with a leg injury

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General News (Wed Sep 18): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

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FBG says: Good matchup. The biggest storylines in the NFL after week two are undoubtedly the injuries to franchise quarterbacks throughout the NFL. Drew Brees injured his thumb on a first-quarter pass attempt against the Los Angeles Rams. Brees is set to undergo surgery this week and will miss approximately 6 to 8 weeks with the injury, thrusting Teddy Bridgewater into the starting role. Bridgewater is widely regarded as one of the NFL's best backup quarterbacks, but the drop off in talent from Brees, one of the league's best starters, is massive. Bridgewater mustered just 165 yards on 30 attempts throughout the game in Los Angeles and was unable to lead a touchdown drive all game. Bridgewater focused the passing attack on to primary targets: Michael Thomas and Jared Cook. Michael Thomas' workload with Bridgewater under-center was comparable to what he typically sees with Brees at the helm. However, his targets were significantly less-valuable with Bridgewater, as the backup was unable to push the ball downfield at a Brees-like level. Jared Cook's involvement during his second game as a member of the New Orleans Saints was significantly higher than in his debut with the team. Bridgewater's tendency to rely on safer underneath routes favors Cook over wide receivers Tre'Quan Smith and Ted Ginn, Jr. Bridgewater rarely targeted Alvin Kamara out of the backfield against the Rams. Moving forward, Kamara will undoubtedly be heavily involved in the passing game, as Sean Payton and the Saints coaching staff attempt to make life easier on the newly-minted starting quarterback. The offensive line for New Orleans is a definitive strength of the team. Last week, the Saints faced off with one of the league's best pass rushes, and Bridgewater struggled in the face of pressure. In week three, New Orleans heads to Seattle to face a far weaker pass rush. A clean pocket is essential to an effective passing attack, and Bridgewater should operate in a much calmer pocket here against the Seahawks than he did against the Rams. The Seattle Seahawks opened the 2019 season with a pair of extremely unique matchups. In the season opener, the Seahawks played host to the Cincinnati Bengals, coached by Zac Taylor, a branch off of the newly-forming Sean McVay coaching tree. Before week one, Taylor hadn't called plays his days as interim offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Thus, Taylor's tendencies and philosophies as an offensive play-caller were a relative unknown before week one. In the opener, the Bengals new-look offense threw for 418 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions on 51 pass-attempts in a tightly-contested 21-20 Seahawks victory. In week two, the Seahawks faced the Pittsburgh Steelers. Late in the second quarter of the game, Steelers' starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game with an elbow injury, thrusting Mason Rudolph into the first regular-season action of his young career. Rudolph finished the game with a respectable 112 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception while completing 12 of 19 pass attempts on the day. One common trend through the two unique matchups for Seattle has been a middling pass rush. Jadeveon Clowney, a recent acquisition from the Houston Texans, has yet to make a significant impact by pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Luckily for Seattle, Ezekiel Ansah, one of the league's most efficient pass rushers, is expected to return to action in week three against the Saints. The combination of Ansah and Clowney rushing off the edge has the potential to be the league's best pass-rushing duo if both stay healthy. In the secondary, aside from Shaquill Griffin's surprising and impressive start to the 2019 season, there is not much to get excited about. Opposite Griffin, Tre Flowers has been picked on relentlessly throughout the first two games of the season. Seattle's reported involvement in the trade market for potential help in the secondary represents just how urgent the team's needs are to shore up this unit. Seattle will rely heavily upon its pass-rush to disrupt opposing quarterbacks throughout the 2019 season. Should the defensive line falter and allow the opposition a clean pocket to throw from, the secondary will be in for a long day at the office against one of the league's smartest offensive minds in Sean Payton.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs HOU 42 0 0 0 2 2.0 26 1 0 8.6
2 at LAR 38 0 0 0 3 3.0 49 0 0 4.9
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1.5 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Tre'Quan Smith's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

With Ginn going without a catch or target this week, Smith got a chance to show he belongs. He caught all 3 of his targets and was the second leading receiver behind Thomas. He had the longest play of the day for the Saints with a 28-yard reception and had just under 50 yards for the day. The bulk of the targets went to Thomas and Cook this week with Thomas in a 3-way tie for 3rd most on the team. Bridgewater could build off of the success with Smith this week heading into their matchup with Seattle making him a sneaky value next week, but the Saints offense is impossible to predict outside of Thomas and Kamara each week.

2019 Week 1 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 26 / 1 rec)

It was a rather quiet day for Smith until the first play of the 4th quarter when he hauled in a 14-yard pass from Brees for a touchdown. Smith ran a crossing route into the middle of the end zone and then appeared to stop when it looked like the play was breaking down. As the pocket collapsed, Brees rolled to his right and Smith darted into an open void in the end zone. Brees let loss a low pass that only Smith could get to with a sliding catch for the score. There is a lot of competition for targets in this offense with Ginn, Thomas, and Kamara seeing the bulk share, but Smith should be good for a few big plays the rest of the year.

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Schedule

3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Dallas Cowboys
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Chicago Bears
8vs Arizona Cardinals
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
17@ Carolina Panthers