WR Tre'Quan Smith - New Orleans Saints
|6-1, 200||Born: 1-7-1996||College: UCF||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tre'Quan Smith's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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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