RB Antone Smith - Free Agent
|5-9, 190||Born: 9-17-1985||College: Florida State||Drafted: ---|
2016 Week 7 vs SF (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Smith was signed this past week to help back up Jacquizz Rodgers with Doug Martin and Charles Sims missing extended time. Like Rodgers, Smith played under head coach Dirk Koetter while he was offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. Smith saw the field early in the 1st quarter as he worked in as a backfield complement to Rodgers and Barber. Rodgers played his share of passing downs, but conceded several passing situations to Smith. Barber was more the early-down backup. Smith was overthrown on his first target of the game, a wheel route out of the backfield in the 1st quarter. He lined up in the backfield with Rodgers on the next play and caught a short out route, narrowly missing the 1st down marker on a 3rd and long play. Smith showed the explosiveness that he was known for in Atlanta on a 2nd quarter reception out of the backfield. Smith caught a quick wheel route and turned the jets on as he picked up 30 yards down the right sideline. He only logged one carry on the day for a 6 yard gain.
2016 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Smith entered the game early in occasional relief of Rodgers but did not contribute much with 4 carries for 16 yards. He took over when Rodgers left the game just before overtime. Smith caught a halfback screen for a gain of 9 in the 1st quarter, and could not secure his only other target. With Rodgers expected to miss this week's Thursday night game, it looks like backfield duties will be split between Smith and Barber. Former Bucs RB Mike James has also been signed.
2016 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Smith mixed into the Tampa Bay halfback rotation and performed well when running between the tackles(5 carries for 25 yards), in addition to his traditional passing game duties. Smith lost a fumble in the 1st quarter when a completely unblocked defensive end hit him as he was securing a handoff in the backfield. Smith was targeted on a deep route down the right sideline during Tampa Bay's first offensive drive, but Winston threw the ball out of bounds. He also lined up as a WR in the 4th and caught a quick bubble screen. He his other 2 targets on dumpoffs out of the backfield and finished the day with 27 yards receiving. Smith was injured on his final reception of the day as he was pulled down from behind, and will supposedly miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The Bucs could get Martin or Rodgers back soon, but for now Barber and James are the only options at RB.
2015 Week 9 vs SD (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Matt Forte out, the former Falcon got his first touch of the season, bowling his way up the middle for a first down run off a delayed handoff.
2014 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 54 / 1 rec)
The diminutive, but explosive Smith didn't see the field until the second quarter, but he made the most of his three touches. The first was a two-yard gain that should have been a loss on a perimeter run, but Smith used his size to his advantage and burrowed under the penetration. Smith then displayed his strong burst on a draw for five yards. But perhaps the most exciting play of the game was Smith's reception on a quick throw to the left flat where his speed helped him beat angles on four defenders up the sideline and he demonstrated the balance to run through wraps from each of those four defenders for a 54-yard touchdown. Count on Smith remaining a change of pace option in Atlanta, which could put a dent in Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman's opportunities to earn consistent flex targets if this continues.
2014 Week 2 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Smith earned four yards on a swing pass and a 15-yard gain later in the half as a receiver. This was the extent of his contributions to the Falcons' offense today. He only has a puncher's chance of consistent flex appeal in this offense as long as Jackson, Rodgers, and Devonta Freeman are healthy.
2014 Week 3 vs TB (4 / 50 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The former Florida State back scored on a 38-yard run up the left flat, demonstrating that burst that has earned him scores up the left flat in a few games (preseason and otherwise) this year. Smith continues to compel Atlanta to use him in situations where the team can exploit his speed and balance. He hits the hole quick and is tougher to arm-tackle than it might appear because of his low center of gravity. He's splitting time for committee support with Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman. He's out-playing Freeman, but unless Jackson and Rodgers are hurt it won't mean much to fantasy owners at this point. On Monday, it was revealed that Smith is dealing with a hamstring ailment.
2014 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 62 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smith's first opportunity came in the first quarter and he picked his way through the line of scrimmage for a first down on 3rd and 2. He earned a second consecutive carry, breaking a tackle on a pitch to the left flat and earned three yards. In the third series of the game, Smith made a nice cutback off left tackle and earned nine yards near mid-field. These were all good plays, but Smith's best effort came on a sweep to right end in the second half to give Atlanta its first lead. Smith's acceleration was electric and it caused the cornerback on the right edge to miss tackle attempt on the runner's way to a 48-yard score. If there's a runner with the potential to eat into Rodger's looks, it could be Smith because he's gradually earning more opportunities. Smith had four touches to Rodgers' five and.
2014 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 83 / 1 rec)
Another week, another long touchdown up the left sideline for Smith. This time it was a flat route where Smith broke the wrap of the defender coming over the top at the sideline. Once Smith accomplished this task, he accelerated past the defense for a 74-yard score. Smith also had an eight-yard gain on a quick screen. The long-time reserve continues to make a compelling case for more playing time, but thus far Atlanta has been content to use him 3-4 times per game.
2014 Week 6 vs CHI (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)
A lot of fans are calling for Smith to see more carries because he has been so efficient as a big-play threat. However, it's worth noting that Atlanta is using Smith as a space player and varying formations and personnel so much that it's difficult for the opposition to keep track of when certain personnel is in the game, which makes it more difficult to key on the big-play runner. It's also unknown how good of a pass protector and interior runner Smith is and the young player's production might be a case where fans want to see more, but the staff is thrilled with the current usage and production without pushing the envelope. In this game, Smith continued to produce. He gained a quick five on a screen to the left flat where he was hit hard at the end of the carry and bounced off the ground. Atlanta kept him in the game for the next play, which was during the Falcons' third series and Smith earned three yards on a cutback from left tackle to left guard. Later in the half, Atlanta placed Smith wide on the twin receiver side of an empty formation and targeted him on a slant for 10 yards. On the next play, Atlanta put Smith in the I-formation and threw him a screen pass to the right flat, which he took 41 yards for the score. In the following series, Smith earned a short yardage play and he leaped over the top and was awarded the first down. The camera angles didn't offer a favorable take of the official's spot of this first down, but the Bears did not challenge.
2014 Week 7 vs BAL (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Smith gained close to eight yards on a screen pass in Atlanta's third offensive series and then ripped through a crease inside left guard for nine yards after making a fine press outside and cutback to the inside. This particular carry early in the first quarter was one of a few others that where often reserved more for Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. One of Smith's best runs was a toss sweep to left end that he took for a first down after displaying second effort behind the line of scrimmage in the flat to combat the defense effectively spilling the blocks to the edge. Despite a decent first quarter, Smith and the Falcons offensive line lost its second center this season and Atlanta was unable to build on its initial success. Before the two-minute warning Smith lost five yards on a screen play when linebacker C.J. Mosely wrapped the runner. In the third quarter, Smith lost one on another attempt to the edge on a pitch play that Baltimore spilled outside.
2014 Week 8 vs DET (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smith gained nine yards on a screen in the late first quarter, but he was ineffective for the rest of the game. He was stuffed up the middle and later strung out at the perimeter short of the first down late in the half. Devonta Freeman earned more looks early in the game and was a bigger part of the game plan this week. The timing of the usage was a big difference for Atlanta compared to other weeks and it may be something to monitor down the stretch.
2014 Week 10 vs TB (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Opposing teams have seen enough tape on Smith that there seems to be a heightened urgency to track the runner and wrap him. Even so, Smith still runs hard and is a difficult "tackle" for defenders despite minimal yardage on the day.
2014 Week 11 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The big-play weapons from the Falcons' first half of the season has been found out by defenses and the Panthers were all over Smith when he touched the ball. He didn't see the ball much this week.
2013 Week 11 vs TB (2 / 88 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Smith earned a 50-yard touchdown late in the game on his first carry, which was a draw play through a huge whole that he bounced to the right sideline with good speed. He then followed with a 38-yard run around left end and up the sideline on his second carry. Smith is subbing for Jason Snelling who asked for time off due to an arrest this week for marijuana possession.
2013 Week 12 vs NO (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After displaying impressive speed in garbage time of last week's game, Smith earned a touch in this week's game. The result was an 11-yard gain where he broke two tackles at the line of scrimmage, including a wrap from defensive tackle Akiem Hicks.
2013 Week 13 vs BUF (1 / 38 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Smith saw limited touches once again, but made the most of his only rush attempt, a 38-yard touchdown off left end on a toss sweep from a 1x3 receiver 11 personnel formation where the trips receivers were tight to the strongside and they sealed the outside as the line collapsed the defensive front inside. Smith pressed the hole and cut downhill with excellent burst. Whether the argument could be made that Smith's legs are fresher than most of the players on the field or he's has great acceleration, the fact is that in this game he was fast. Smith also beat Kiko Alonso on a deep route up the sideline that went through his hands. He had difficulty tracking the ball as it arrived over his inside shoulder and his hands weren't close together. If he makes this catch, he was on track to veer outside the pylon to the one. Smith continues to make a case that he can compete for a change of pace role with Jacquizz Rodgers heading into the 2014 season.
2013 Week 14 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Smith didn't earn a touch in this game after flashing his impressive speed in recent weeks.