WR Tre'Quan Smith - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 200||Born: 1-7-1996||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
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.
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 10 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
It was not the welcome back that Smith was expecting this week. He caught 1 of his 2 targets for 13 yards and was rudely greeted with a helmet to the mouth. Smith reported that his entire mouth filled up with blood after the hit. The Saints have lacked a true third receiver this season and welcome him back with open arms. Hopefully this week is a blip on the radar and Smith becomes more involved in the offense going forward.
2019 Week 12 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
The Saints continue to lack a true third option at receiver, but Smith is doing his best to take that role. He opened things up with a 13-yard touchdown catch from Brees in the first half that was entirely due to play design and poor defense. The Saints were in a power formation with Smith lined up more like a tight end than anything else. The play action fake got the linebacker to jump up into the play and Smith was able to leak out into the end zone for an easy 13-yard score. There was no help to the outside with everyone in the building thinking it was going to be a power run up the middle. Smith was the target of a deep shot by Brees late in the second half, but the ball was intercepted. He still does not have a huge role in the offense, but someone has to step up outside of Michael Thomas for the Saints.
2019 Week 14 vs SF (4 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec)
The Saints still do not have a true #3 receiver in this offense, but Smith has been trying to fill that role. He caught 2 of his 4 targets for 29 yards this week and an important go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter. He was also targeted on the ensuing 2-point conversion play, but the pass was broken up. Smith's touchdown grab went for 18 yards but was a catch that should have been stopped much shorter. He caught a 5-yard drag route across the middle and broke one tackle before spinning out of another poor attempt and extending the ball into the end zone. The 49ers defense did not tackle very well this week and Smith benefitted from that greatly.
2019 Week 15 vs IND (1 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)
If you are only going to make 1 catch in a game, make it count. That is exactly what Smith did this week when he caught a 21-yard touchdown from Brees to tie the all-time passing touchdown record. Smith ran right down the middle of the field and made a leaping catch at the goal line. Brees put the ball on him before the safeties could come up and make a play and Smith fell across the goal line for the score. Smith also caught what should have been the record-breaking touchdown, but it was taken away after an offensive pass interference call. Smith made a cut back in the end zone after he saw the play break down and Brees scrambling out of the pocket. The referee deemed a push off and took the score off the board. The play could have certainly been challenged but the Saints had the game in hand and coach Payton has not had any success with the new pass interference challenges.
2019 Week 16 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
This week was all about getting the ball to Thomas and setting another record for the Saints. Smith only saw 2 targets the entire game and caught 1 of them for 13 yards. He has carved out a bigger role in recent weeks at the expense of Ted Ginn, but he is still not a primary weapon in this offense. The big 3 of Thomas, Cook, and Kamara are the main driving forces for this offense and Smith is going to have to fight for every catch the rest of the way.
2019 Week 17 vs CAR (5 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
The Saints have been operating this offense without a true 3rd receiver for the majority of the season, but Smith finally stepped up and filled that role this week. He was given a much bigger chunk of targets this week as the Saints started resting other players and he made the most of it. Smith caught all 5 of his targets and led the team in receiving with 56 yards and a touchdown. His longest catch went for 32 yards on a deep shot down the side line. This is a play that would normally be reserved for Ginn, but Smith has eaten into his playing time and targets. His touchdown catch came from 1-yard out and put the Saints up 28-0. Brees took the shot gun snap and had a clean pocket to survey the field. He gave a small shoulder fake to the middle of the field and this helped break Smith free in the back of the end zone. The slow drag route came open as he approached the corner of the end zone and there was no defender within 3 yards of him when he made the catch. The fake by Brees and traffic across the middle made for a wide open Smith and easy touchdown.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.