QB Alex Smith - Washington Redskins
|6-4, 212||Born: 5-7-1984||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2005|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Dec 6): may not play in the NFL again after breaking his right tibia and fibula in Week 11, according to Dianna Russini. As reported earlier, Smith is dealing with an infection due to complications from surgery. Smith remains in the hospital, where he has been since suffering the injury Nov. 18, sources told Russini. Running back Adrian Peterson said Thursday that Redskins players visited Smith in the hospital last week.
General News (Thu Dec 6): is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, according to sources. The situation is being treated seriously.
Week 14: vs New York Giants
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Washington lost another quarterback to injury with Colt McCoy's fractured fibula last week. Mark Sanchez enters the starting lineup and struggled to less than five yards-per-attempt and added an interception in relief against the Eagles. The quarterback position is a severe limitation, but Washington is finally on the healthy track with passing game weapons as Jamison Crowder and Chris Thompson returned to the lineup last week. The offensive line is also in shambles with season-ending injuries. Sanchez has been a middling quarterback in his career, posting as many interceptions as touchdowns. At his best, the Jets took the ball out of Sanchez's hands with a strong defense and run game, both of which are question marks with Washington this season. The Giants have struggled to generate pressure forcing a mere 19 sacks, good for second-fewest in the NFL. The effort against the Bears in Week 13 was arguably their best of the season with five sacks (previous high of three) and forcing three turnovers (second-best total of the season). This was against a backup quarterback in Chase Daniel, however, and an outlier game as the Giants recorded multiple sacks in only three games of the previous 11 contests. Big plays allowed have been the most glaring concern for the Giants, allowing the fifth-most passing plays of 20 or more yards on the season, but on the season this is a middle of the road secondary that has been propped up by being tied for the fewest passing touchdowns allowed this season. Grant Haley has been serviceable as a slot corner, but B.W. Webb and Janoris Jenkins have struggled with consistency on the outside. The Giants also struggle defending non-wide receivers which could lead to a decent matchup for Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as they have allowed 83 yards or more to three of the last four tight ends they have faced and in the one game they did not allow 83 yards was last week in which they allowed 156 yards receiving to Tarik Cohen. This could be ever more in focus this week as Landon Collins who is the Giants best defensive player this season is out this week with a shoulder injury.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Alex Smith's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 11 vs HOU (12 / 27 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith struggled in this game. He couldn't find any success moving the ball downfield and continued his inconsistencies on 3rd down. This is also related to his inability to complete at least half of his passes going 12/27 on the day. However, he did have one successful drive that ended with a rushing touchdown in the redzone by Adrian Peterson. Alex had a chance to capitalize on another redzone opportunity but he threw a horrendous interception that was returned for a touchdown. He has been doing a good job of protecting the football but he recorded two interceptions in this game. Alex suffered a significant injury in today's game and won't return this season. Considering the level of talent surrounding Alex he played decent this season.
2018 Week 10 vs TB (19 / 27 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith struggled mightily on offense today as the offense was dealing with several key injuries. Without a steady diet of the run game it was difficult for Alex to find a rhythm within the game plan. Many of the same issues that have been causing problems all year were much of the same versus Tampa Bay. Washington was often behind schedule on downs and often faced long distances for first downs. Therefore, being in predictable passing situations made it even more difficult to convert considering there shorthanded receiving core. Alex attempted twenty-seven passes and didn't top two hundred yards. Today may have been the most 'three and outs' for the team the entire season. However, Alex did finally throw his only touchdown in the third quarter. Washington's offense isn't built to go pass heavy and the offensive line injuries aren't helping the run game. Alex can't carry this offense by himself.
2018 Week 9 vs ATL (30 / 46 / 306 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had his way with the Falcons secondary but it rarely resulted in points. This was an extremely pass heavy game for Washington at Alex put up forty-six attempts. This game was fairly close into the 2nd half so it was a little odd to see this much passing from a team that wants to run the football. Some of the passing may be attributed to an ineffective run game as Washington had three linemen go down. Alex had over three hundred yards passing but with just two opportunities in scoring position the offense only managed fourteen points. He also threw one touchdown pass in this game finding Josh Doctson in the end zone on a fade jump ball. It was an uneven day for Alex with much more to be desired on the scoreboard. Being inefficient on third downs was a drive killer all day which contributed to minimal scoring as well.
2018 Week 8 vs NYG (20 / 32 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a good start to this game as he marched the offense downfield for a touchdown in the first quarter. A short dump off pass to Adrian Peterson gave him his one and only touchdown pass of the game. After the opening quarter touchdown, Alex struggled to manufacture points offensively. Washington struggled to convert on third downs and constantly found themselves behind schedule on downs during their possessions. Alex only managed one more red zone opportunity during this game and that came off of a turnover. As the defense kept this game close, Washington went to a run-heavy scheme considering the passing game struggles. Alex had thirty-two pass attempts but the lack of chunk plays was disappointing.
2018 Week 7 vs DAL (14 / 25 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a quiet day leading the Redskins offense. He didn't turn the ball over but their inability to sustain drives resulted in an abysmal outcome on the scoreboard. The day started out well as he led Washington to opening quarter touchdown. Alex took advantage of Dallas' blitz by tossing a screen pass that went for thirty yards to the end zone. Alex faced constant pressure today and didn't do a good job connecting with his receivers on the run. There were times he was inaccurate but his receiving core had a few drops as well. This game was a defensive battle and looked like a game where both team knew each other's playbook well.
2018 Week 6 vs CAR (21 / 36 / 163 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith started this game fast as he converted consecutive red zone trips with a touchdown. Both scores were passes and relatively easy to convert. The first touchdown came after a turnover which immediately put Washington in scoring position. Alex did an excellent job of finding his receiver on busted coverage downfield. The second touchdown of the game came in the red zone where he found his receiver in the back of the endzone from the ten yard line. This ended up being their last touchdown of the game as they settled for a field goal on the next scoring opportunity. Alex struggled in the second half as the offense sputtered and had several stalled drives. Washington didn't score the entire third quarter. Alex did a poor job of converting on third downs as he was often erratic and indecisive in the second half. An early fourth quarter field goal was the only points scored for the Washington offense in the second half. Alex failed to throw for two hundred yards which shows how anemic the passing performed.
2018 Week 5 vs NO (23 / 39 / 275 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 1 rush)
Alex Smith had a night filled with miscues, ill-timed throws, and inaccuracy. The offense as a unit struggled so it wasn't entirely on Alex Smith. He didn't get much protection and receivers weren't getting any separation which led to being behind on downs and sacks. Alex only converted one of two redzone opportunities as he ran in a touchdown. He threw thirty-nine passes on the night but between the drops and incompletions it didn't amount to a great outing. Without having proper protection Alex was skittish in the pocket and often looked unsure where to go with the ball. He hit a couple of 20+ yard completions when he had time but that was rare in this game. He also failed to throw a touchdown pass in this game which is concerning considering how vulnerable the Saints defense has become. It is hard to put this entire performance from the offense on Alex, but he certainly didn't help as he added a brutal interception as well. This offense is lacking serious playmakers.
2018 Week 3 vs GB (12 / 20 / 220 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 20 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had the offense clicking on all cylinders against Green Bay. However, Alex would lead all of his touchdowns drives in the first half. It was an extremely hot and cold day for Alex and the offense but they were able to put up 31 points to secure a victory. Alex was much more aggressive passing the ball downfield in this game. It was sign of things to come as he found Paul Richardson for a forty-six yard touchdown pass on the opening drive. Alex's second touchdown was a redzone touchdown to Jamison Crowder. It was an extremely tough pass as he threw a dime to Jamison splitting two defenders to squeeze it in a tight window. Alex had four pass attempts in this game of over 20+ yards which was necessary considering how conservative they played last week. He only attempted twenty passes in this game as they had command majority of the game. The offense sputtered the entire second half as they failed to score a touchdown. The only points came on a field goal after getting great field position from a turnover. Alex had a positive game script for a large part of this game which allowed him to play efficiently.
2018 Week 2 vs IND (33 / 46 / 292 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith's game was much different than the opener. He failed to lead a touchdown drive the entire game against seemingly a lightly talented defense. For majority of this game the Redskins struggled to sustain drives as the offensive line allowed too much pressure. Alex had two opportunities at touchdown throws but they resulted in drops and ultimately lead to field goals. Alex attempted forty-six passes today as the run game went cold today. Alex tried to extend plays to find open receivers, but they seem to have had difficulty gaining separation on routes. The Colts didn't allow Alex to throw downfield much either as his lone long completion went for twenty-five yards. Alex's inability to convert on third downs and connect in the end zone lead to an abysmal day for the offense.
2018 Week 1 vs ARI (21 / 30 / 255 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 14 / 0 rush)
Alex Smith had a somewhat impressive debut for his new team the Washington Redskins. The first thing that immediately stood out with Alex running this offense is his mobility. Alex did a decent job most of the game escaping pressure to extend plays. Coach Gruden also implemented a few designed read option plays to utilize his legs if needed. Alex completed twenty one of his thirty passes as he displayed full command of the intermediate passing game. He added two touchdowns as well with both receivers using RAC to get in the endzone. Washington's ability to control the line of scrimmage gave Alex ample opportunity to read the field and get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. He totaled two hundred and fifty-five yards passing which productive considering how much they ran the ball in this game. Alex is used to spreading it around in the passing game and his ability to extend plays will be a bonus moving forward.
Latest NewsRedskins | Alex Smith may miss start of 2019 (Sun Dec 9, 11:08 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) is still in the hospital because of the infection in his leg and likely will not be ready to play at the start of the 2019 season. link to story Redskins | Alex Smith's career in doubt? (Thu Dec 6, 02:30 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) may not play in the NFL again after breaking his right tibia and fibula in Week 11. As reported earlier, Smith is dealing with an infection due to complications from surgery. link to story Redskins | Alex Smith battling post-op infection (Thu Dec 6, 10:51 AM) - Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith (leg) is battling an infection related to the surgery he had on his broken fibula and tibia, according to sources. The situation is being treated seriously. Our View: Smith's playing career is in question. We're wishing him a full recovery as football isn't the most important thing for him right now.
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