RB Kevin Smith - Free Agent

6-1, 217Born: 12-17-1986College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 3, pick

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Game Recaps

2012 Week 1 vs STL (13 / 62 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 29 / 1 rec)

Kevin Smith got a lot of opportunities in this game to show how well he knows this offense and how much he can contribute to this team. Smith was the all-purpose back for DET, catching the ball well and rushing the ball to provide a legit rushing attack. He was also the unquestioned #1 RB in this offense on Sunday and was on the field a lot. The Lions threw the ball far more than they ran the ball, unusual for a team that was never far behind in this game. He was an explosive runner, finding the hole and bursting through for big chunks of yards at a time. Smith lost out an easy TD run early in the game on the goal line but later got his dues on another short yardage play, up the middle on the goal line for the score. Smith also scored late in the game on a dump off pass from QB Stafford on the goal line for the walk in touchdown. Smith isn't the most talented RB in the NFL but could be one of the most productive due to the explosive offense that surrounds him and his position as the best RB that DET has to offer.

2012 Week 2 vs SF (16 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith had very limited running room to work with on Sunday night. The 49ers defense was stout against the run and swarmed to the ball very quickly. LB's Willis and Bowman plugged the middle of the field well. Despite the early struggles on the ground, Detroit kept giving Smith the ball on the ground and he was able to weave his way for decent gains against the stingy 49ers defense. Detroit was determined to stay balanced and committed to the running game despite the fact they were behind for the entire game. Smith has never been the most talented back but was quick enough to secure decent runs on the ground when the small gaps in the defense were available. The 49ers played heavy pass defense formations with a safety over the top of Calvin Johnson for most of the day, which helped Kevin Smith get most of the yards he did on the ground. Smith had 7 man fronts to work with as Calvin drew most of the attention pre snap but the 49ers were quick to hit the hole and take Smith down once the play had been diagnosed.

2012 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Smith was finally active, the first time in weeks, but didn't have much impact on the game. He did, however, receive one red zone carry, coming from the Seattle two-yard line, but was unable to punch it in as Stafford took the next two carries before scoring on the second. Leshoure had already exited with his ailment and following Bell's red zone fumble from the week prior, the Lions' coaching staff gave Smith the carry. Smith also had one reception on his lone target, but was a dump off on 3rd and long where he only picked up seven yards, forcing a punt.

2012 Week 9 vs JAX (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Smith only saw three opportunities to run the ball and not much blocking on those three runs. He did make a nice move in the open field on his nine yard reception.

2012 Week 11 vs GB (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Lions are bringing in Kevin Smith on 3rd and long to help provide extra protection against a potential blitz. He did have one carry in the 1st quarter though - a short four yard run off tackle that was called back because of an Illegal hands to the face by Green Bay.

2012 Week 15 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Smith barely saw the field behind Leshoure and Bell and looked completely out of rhythm against Arizona. He surprised the defense on a screen play on third-and-long to get into field goal range in the first half, only to disappoint with his target later in the game. After drifting out into the flat, Smith actually finished his route out of bounds by the time Stafford targeted him. That blunder resulted in a missed third down and a Detroit punt.

2012 Week 16 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith is a complete afterthought. Before halftime, Smith ran a wheel route and secured a four-yard gain. Smith's small gain step up Jason Hanson's second field goal.

2011 Week 10 vs CHI (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith returned to action for Detroit this week after many had written him off. He didn't see action until the second half, and only finished with four carries, but it was good to see him back on the field. His best carry came late in the third quarter, where he took an off-tackle run and plowed ahead for a nice 14 yard gain. It was his best run of the day.

2011 Week 11 vs CAR (16 / 140 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 61 / 1 rec)

Kevin Smith was the story of the game. Smith, who only re-joined the Lions after impressing the team in workouts, got to tote the rock more than any other Lions back in this game, and deservedly so. Smith ran with low pad level, surprising toughness and agility and showed a desire to compete on every carry. Smith started off slow against a determined Panthers defense, but then put together 71 yards on two plays, resulting in a touchdown on a screen pass. Smith did an excellent job being patient and following his blockers on the score. Smith continued to gather momentum as the Panthers run defense tired. He showed good cutback ability on several zone runs. To finish the game, Smith managed to get into the end zone twice, one of which was in "garbage time" when the game was already over. Smith showed that he has much more to contribute in the NFL after his injury-plagued history and will be a hot name on waiver wires this week.

2011 Week 12 vs GB (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith began the game as the primary running back, but was injured early in the second quarter and was eventually carted off the sideline into the locker room. As most folks know, he was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. The troubling part of the injury was that it happened on a reverse, where Smith took the pitch and broke to the side as Nate Burleson came sprinting in the other direction. Smith began limping immediately after he received the ball and barely flipped the ball to Burleson before limping to the sideline. He was not hit on the play and it looked like he sprained it when he pushed off on his first step. The disappointing part for Detroit is that Smith was killing the Packers before the injury, and their offense definitely down-shifted a gear when he left the field. Of the ten touches he had, three or more yards on eight of them. His first reception was a short check-down that Smith took and ran hard up the field for a big 14 yard gain. He ran with authority when he had the ball and the Packers were clearly struggling to bring him down. Had he played the whole game, he would have had an excellent fantasy day.

2011 Week 13 vs NO (6 / 34 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Smith opened the game looking a bit hesistant on the first drive. But then he came alive, making big plays on the ground and through the air. He's had so many injuries that at times he looks scared to cut, but he got through it and was becoming a big force in the game, and capped it off with a 2 yard run to close the gap to 10 points. But then on a cut after a reception, he crumpled to the ground, and appeared to have re-injured his ankle. The life went out of the running game for Detroit after that injury.

2011 Week 15 vs OAK (15 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

: Seemed like he was trying to tough it out because the Lions have sustained so many injuries to their backfield. He has a big heart, no doubt about it but he wasn't 100% and it showed several times and the TV commentators made note of it as well. His best burst was the 1st drive for Detroit in the 2nd half where he was 3/25 on the ground and had things rolling but the Lions had to throw to stay in the game. he also had a tough time finding the short yardage gains needed to extend drives. He was stuffed pretty good on a 3rd and 1 in the late 3rd quarter with Detroit trailing 17-14.

2011 Week 16 vs SD (15 / 49 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Smith was never able to really crank it up with the ground game, as the Charger defenders did a mostly good job of keeping him contained. In fact, he nearly fumbled in the middle of the first quarter in the shadow of his own end zone, a play that could have had huge consequences. Smith was ruled down on the play, but replays showed that the ball may have been moving a bit before he was actually down. But San Diego opted not to challenge the call, and the Lions maintained possession. Later in the first half, Detroit moved the ball all the way to the San Diego 3-yard line after a big pass play to WR Nate Burleson. On the ensuing play, Smith slipped out into the flat and caught the easy touchdown in front of the defense. In the second half, Detroit used a combination of Smith and Maurice Morris to help run down the clock, but Smith was the one who got the red zone duty. After passing six times in eight plays, the Lions lined up in shotgun formation from the San Diego 6-yard line. The Lions caught the Chargers off guard with a draw to Smith out of shotgun, and despite a couple of arm tackle attempts Smith waltzed into the end zone almost untouched. That score put Detroit up 31-10 and essentially ended the game.

2011 Week 17 vs GB (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)

Despite facing a weak run defense, and leading for most of the day, the Lions turned to Kevin Smith more in the passing game than running the ball. Smith finished with just nine carries for 35 yards, his longest being just an eight yard push up the middle to kick off the second half. His TD reception was a short crossing route near the end of the third quarter, where Smith made the catch, but took a hard shot that seemed to shake him up. He returned to action in the fourth quarter, but the Lions were trying to push the ball up field, and Smith's only contribution was a 10 yard catch and run on Detroit's final possession.

2011 Week 18 vs NO (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith was the ball carrier for DET on Saturday but they were unsuccessful with their running game so it was quickly abandoned and Smith only had 6 carries. Detroit's running game is light years behind its passing game. Since they were down in this game so much and the passing game was working so much more, they opted to lean heavily on Stafford. Smith worked the middle of the defense for short gains and occasionally ran outside to test the perimeter with modest success. He also hauled in a short screen pass that picked up the first down but DET did not ask any more of him.

2010 Week 4 vs GB (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

Smith's first game back saw him involved in the offense enough to push Maurice Morris to the sidelines for the entire game. Smith came in on a few series to spell Best, but was used in primarily the same manner. His carries were primarily between the tackles, and he did pretty well on the two plays where the offensive line was able to open holes for him. He was also used on passing downs, and the Lions even split him out wide like they do with Best. Smith is still a bit rusty, and on one play when Shaun Hill threw a quick out to him to avoid the blitz, Smith dropped the ball for an incomplete. As he returns to full speed, he should be able to convert those into short and medium gains. He looked good on the short passes into the flat and check down plays, and kept the chains moving on his four short receptions. Look for him to have an expanded role over the next few weeks, but Best is still the #1 RB on the team.

2010 Week 5 vs STL (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith was impressive on the few touches he got in this game, including one run late for 15 yards where he used his spin move brilliantly to gain extra yards. Smith got involved in the passing game near the end zone as he caught a quick pass over the middle from Hill and took it up the field in a hurry. If Smith's play improves and he continues to show no ill effects from his knee injury, the Lions running attack could be very potent indeed.

2010 Week 6 vs NYG (4 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith came in to spell Best a few times and actually had more success. He ran the ball well and had a nice ten yard run negated by a holding call. However, like Best, he found himself facing many defenders at the line of scrimmage as well and a few times lost yardage. He's clearly being used to keep Best a little less worn down as the season progresses and if what Charles Davis said on the broadcast about the rookie having turf toe on both feet, Smith may start to see more carries.

2010 Week 8 vs WAS (12 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Smith had a nice day on the ground for the Lions which was helped out as he became the main back late in the game as Best appeared hurt. Smith has limited athletic ability, but does everything well and nothing poorly. He has exceptional vision running the ball, and cutback on many running plays where the holes were simply too big to ignore. Smith was strong enough to run through arm tackles and always ran to get the most out of every carry. He was a decent checkdown option for Stafford, but had most of his success on the ground and was more productive rushing than best.

2010 Week 9 vs NYJ (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Smith saw little work throughout the day and suffered from the same problem Jahvid Best did: mediocre run blocking and being hit at or near the line of scrimmage. He did have a very nice catch and run for 27 yards early in the first half. On a simple straight route, Smith was pretty open and Stafford made a nice throw right into his hands, in stride. Smith was able to run for several more yards before he was brought down. That was his big moment though and he rarely saw the field on Sunday.

2010 Week 10 vs BUF (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)

Smith looked as strong as he has all year, running with good power, body lean, and decisiveness. He was especially effective as a receiver, with a long gain on his first reception via a good run after catch, and gains to key a field goal drive right before the end of the first half. Smith wasn't used much in the second half, but that could change after he clearly outperformend Javhid Best in this contest.

2009 Week 1 vs NO (15 / 20 / 1 rush, 9 / 7 / 52 / 0 rec)

Smith had difficulty finding running room between the tackles and had to make a move in the backfield on nearly every play. Other than a successful misdirection play on a fourth down touchdown run in the second quarter, Smith wasn't much more effective when the Lions tried to get him outside on pitch plays and sweeps. He caught the ball well on a variety of screen passes and underneath routes, showing good elusiveness after getting the ball in open field.

2009 Week 2 vs MIN (24 / 83 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

The Lions were clearly not impressed with the #1 rushing defense in the league as they looked to Kevin Smith early and often. Smith was certainly stopped by the tough Vikings front, but frequently ripped off five and six yard carries as well. In the second quarter he ripped off two 12+ yard gains in a row on two different type of runs: one off tackle and one a run around the end. He was also used in the short passing game where he was very effective in running a screen and acting as the safety valve for Stafford when he was in trouble. Even down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Lions went to Smith and kept the ball on the ground. He lost a couple carries to Maurice Morris after the two long runs and Aaron Brown ran a couple draw plays and delays on longer downs. In general, Smith had a solid game, even if he didn't reach the end zone.

2009 Week 3 vs WAS (16 / 101 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith tore up the Redskins in the first half. He took advantage of the fake reverse plays to Calvin Johnson and ran up the gut for 5 or more yards multiple times. He opened the second quarter with runs of 19 yards and 16 yards two plays later. He had multiple runs of five or more yards and worked the middle of the field as well as sprinted to the outside on an end run. He left the game early in the 3rd quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. For the game he had over 100 yards rushing.

2009 Week 4 vs CHI (19 / 30 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith was active in Week 4, showing surprising resilience after sustaining an injury to his shoulder last week. He was expected to probably miss this contest as recently as three days before the Chicago game but he showed his toughness just by being able to go for this game. Smith did not have a big game as the Bears' front seven keyed on him, but he did just enough to keep the offense balanced in the first half of the contest. Smith averaged under two yards a carry but did punch the ball over the goal line twice against Chicago. Despite several missing starters for Chicago they had little trouble hemming in the Detroit running game. Once the game got out of hand in the fourth quarter, Smith's contributions were minimized as the Lions dropped back to throw deep most of the time.

2009 Week 5 vs PIT (20 / 53 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith struggled to get any room to run in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He looked healthy and ready to go, finally getting some decent runs and screen pass catches after halftime, but the Lions had to throw most of the fourth quarter as they trailed by 15 late in the contest. Smith still walked away with 23 touches on the afternoon and should do better against Green Bay next week in a more favorable matchup.

2009 Week 6 vs GB (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the Lions playing from behind early on in week 6, Kevin Smith had a rather uneventful game vs. the Packers. During the first half Green Bay's front 4 did a great job bottling him, there was simply no room for Smith to work with. This was highlighted by Smith getting stopped for a no gain on a 4 & 1. In the second half Green Bay has built a size able lead and Smith was able to break off a couple of nice runs of 19 & 20 yds (the 20 yarder being his largest of the season). Strangely Smith was not a factor in the passing game, finishing with zero catches on 2 targets. Smith remains a solid RB2 but he has been held in check since Matt Stafford went down with his knee injury.

2009 Week 8 vs STL (16 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith was the lone bright spot of the Lions in this game. As Stafford struggled in his first game back from injury and superstar Calvin Johnson sat inactive on the sidelines, the Lions turned to Smith to be their spark on offense. He opened the game with four straight carries, ran hard for the entire game and even took a few designed screens for solid gains as well. Unfortunately he was injured late in the third quarter and was removed from the game. He returned for one place but he didn't play for most of the fourth quarter. The Lions were looking to give him more rest by using Maurice Morris more and this injury gave them the chance to do it.

2009 Week 9 vs SEA (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith played well for a guy coming off of a shoulder injury. While he was taken out of the game a few times to keep him rested and fresh, Smith made the most of when he was in the game. He had a nice run off tackle early in the fourth quarter. He broke through the line, made people miss, and ended up with the biggest play of the game for the Lions. Although he is the clear #1 back for the Lions, he will be splitting time with Maurice Morris the rest of the season.

2009 Week 10 vs MIN (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith performed well given his limited opportunities. He had several 7+ yard gains, mostly off tackle and contributed with three receptions out of the backfield as well. The biggest drawback for Smith was that he split carries with Maurice Morris and had limited opportunities because the Lions were passing so much in the second half. Smith will be a part of RBBC the rest of the season, and will probably have no more than 12-15 carries for the rest of the season.

2009 Week 11 vs CLE (12 / 45 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 104 / 1 rec)

Smith didn't have much room to run between the tackles, but was able to bounce a few runs outside for bigger gains. He did most of his damage on a flat route that the Browns blew coverage on that went for 63 yards. He also made a nice catch on a back shoulder pass for a touchdown on a seam route that he ran after lining up as a fullback.

2009 Week 12 vs GB (18 / 43 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Smith had a tough go of things in week 12, finding very little room to work with on the ground. He had a couple of rushes with some space open in front of him, but on each of those plays he was unable to snake his way through some ankle tackles. Smith made a nice contribution in the passing game, taking 4 passes for 46 yards. He also had a couple of runs inside the 5 yard line but could not convert them behind Detroit's subpar line.

2009 Week 13 vs CIN (16 / 75 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Smith broke a number of long gains against a Cincinnati defense that struggled to finish tackles. Smith ran with good power between the tackles and was able to bounce plays outside, showing good footwork and vision. He was also effective out of the backfield as a receiver. He had little trouble on his lone red zone carry, moving through a large hole up the middle into end zone for a touchdown.

2009 Week 14 vs BAL (21 / 69 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith was running hard and posting some good runs right up until his unfortunate injury at the start of the fourth quarter. Smith caught a short pass, planted to make a cut and his knee gave out. After getting medical attention he was eventually carted off of he field and most are expecting that his season is done with a severe knee injury.

2008 Week 1 vs ATL (16 / 48 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

The rookie runner from Central Florida averaged three yards per carry and scored his first NFL touchdown in the second quarter. He also caught four passes for 32 yards. Smith looks comfortable in the backfield and has tons of upside. He sets up blockers and isn't afraid of contact.

2008 Week 2 vs GB (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

While Smith was clearly the go to back in the Lions' rushing attack, Detroit was forced to play catch up for almost the entire game. As a result Smith only saw ten rushing opportunities, and failed to impress on all but one. This sole exception was a nice run that appeared designed to go outside, but that Smith altered when presented with an unexpected hole in the line. One cut later and Smith was 14 yards down the field. In the passing game, Smith managed to haul in four of his five targets, but in each case it was a short check down for QB Jon Kitna.

2008 Week 3 vs SF (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith was benched early in the game and finished with just three rushes for 14 yards. With the way Rudi Johnson played, Smith's time may start to be limited.

2008 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 31 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Smith started for the Lions, struggling to find running room against the tough Bears defense. The highlight of his afternoon was a 12 yard touchdown run, as he had a good cutback to take the ball into the end zone. Smith only had eight carries on the afternoon; however given the limited number of running plays this was good for the most carries by any Lions running back.

2008 Week 6 vs MIN (5 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Smith ran hard, but did not have any opportunities in the second half, despite breaking off a 50 yard run while showing good ability to make defenders miss as he got to the second level of the defense. Apart from that run he did not come close to making any additional big plays.

2008 Week 7 vs HOU (10 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith led Detroit in rushing with 61 yards on ten attempts, including a 26 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Smith was targeted twice in the passing game, where he caught one pass for seven yards.

2008 Week 8 vs WAS (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec)

Once again, Smith's value was established not in the rushing game (where he was only given four carries and racked up only 12 yards), but in the passing game. Smith regularly released out of the backfield to set up as QB Dan Orlovsky's safety valve either in the flat or underneath the coverage. In this role he saw plenty of opportunity as he tied for the team lead in targets. Of the eight passes sent his way, he caught seven and converted them into 50 yards.

2008 Week 9 vs CHI (14 / 37 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Smith had a decent day, running for 37 yards and a score. Early in the second quarter Smith capped off a long Lions drive with a one yard touchdown run, the highlight of his afternoon. Throughout the game the Lions elected to pass much more than throw, passing as a pose to running on about a two to one ratio.

2008 Week 10 vs JAX (23 / 96 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

RB Kevin Smith ran surprisingly well against the Jaguars' defense. He played and ran hard throughout the game and was the most impressive players for the Lions on the offensive side of the ball.

2008 Week 11 vs CAR (24 / 112 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Smith ran the ball often and fairly effectively on the day. He made a couple of defenders miss tackles, showing some level of elusiveness. Smith racked up 112 yards, but failed to get into the end zone, despite one series running the ball four consecutive times from the 13 yard line and getting a first down.

2008 Week 12 vs TB (16 / 86 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith was off to a nice start with ten rushes for 62 yards in the first half, and looked on his way to a 100 yard game, but was slowed in the second half to finish with 16 attempts for 86 yards. He left the game on a few occasions with injuries, but returned each time. He was not targeted in the passing game.

2008 Week 13 vs TEN (12 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Smith ran his best when the Lions gave him plays out of the I formation and he had a lead blocker. He was frequently battling Titan defenders in the backfield. He did break one play for 22 yards and showed some speed and shifty cut back.

2008 Week 14 vs MIN (22 / 63 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Detroit's offensive line was opening holes for Kevin Smith early on, but the Vikings soon closed those holes up. Smith was running hard, but there was simply nowhere for him to go for most of the afternoon. In the fourth quarter, he had a bit more success (five carries for 21 yards) and added a few receptions to make it a respectable performance. But with Pat and Kevin Williams still in uniform for Minnesota and Jared Allen flying all over the field, it was difficult for Smith to establish any sort of a rhythm. Basically, he did what he could with the limited opportunities he was given. On one of his passing targets, Culpepper threw a corner fade to him in the end zone. LB Chad Greenway, with his back to the football, made a great play by knocking the ball away blindly and preventing the score.

2008 Week 15 vs IND (20 / 88 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Smith appears to have all the tools to become a great player in the NFL. He ran for 88 yards, scored a touchdown, and averaged 4.4 yards per carry. His longest run went for 25 yards and was second on the team to Calvin Johnson with six receptions for 31 yards. Smith has now averaged over 80 total yards in five of the last six games but he is still averaging over four yards per carry for the NFL's 31st ranked rushing offense.

2008 Week 16 vs NO (24 / 111 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Smith was Detroit's biggest bright spot in the game. He was effective throughout the contest, exhibiting a variety of nifty swerving moves that cut into and away from the defense. Although not a large running back, Smith ran hard and was not afraid to fight for extra yardage. Smith lost a 10 yard reception on a screen pass to a penalty. He fumbled once, but the ball went harmlessly out of bounds. Smith lined up at wide receiver on a play where Calvin Johnson lined up on the backfield.

2008 Week 17 vs GB (28 / 92 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)

Kevin Smith ran the ball well against the Packers and finished with 28 carries for 92 yards and a score on the ground, and added three receptions for seven yards on five targets in the passing game.