Smallwood gained four yards on his lone carry of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.
Coming off a six-touch game in Week 5, Smallwood was mostly an afterthought Sunday as Adrian Peterson rumbled for a season-best game. The good news for Smallwood is that he may be in line for an uptick in touches should Chris Thompson (toe) miss Sunday's contest. The bad news is that that game is against the 49ers, the sixth-best run defense in the league surrendering just 87.2 yards per game.
Smallwood carried the ball six times for 27 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to New England.
Smallwood garnered more touches Sunday than the rest of his 2019 season combined Sunday. It's telling, however, that all six came in the second half and four of them came during the final four plays of the game, with Washington just looking to just exit unscathed. Washington is now being led by long-time offensive-line coach Bill Callahan and are up against a Miami defense surrendering a league-high 175.8 rushing yards per game, but Smallwood is unlikely to get many of those carries when they matter most.
Smallwood had one carry for four yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas.
Adrian Peterson got the carries (10) and the lone backfield touchdown, while Chris Thompson caught five of eight targets for 48 yards. Smallwood played 26 percent of snaps on offense, but two of his three touches occurred late in the fourth quarter when Washington was down by 17 points. His role isn't likely to be much bigger Week 3 against Chicago.
Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday Smallwood will be involved in the offense on a situational basis for Sunday's game against Dallas, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
With a multitude of injuries to the defense, Gruden added he wants to use a ball-control offense to churn clock and keep his defense off the field for Week 2. With that, Smallwood could see a few carries behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson on Sunday, and even be evolved in the passing game. In any event, it's likely Smallwood's involvement in the offense isn't enough to warrant serious fantasy consideration until he's used more consistently.
Smallwood played zero snaps on offense and 19 on special teams in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Eagles.
Smallwood faced his former team exactly a week after being claimed off waivers. His inclusion on the active roster over Adrian Peterson (healthy scratch) was controversial among veterans on the Washington roster, though it's standard for NFL coaches to prioritize special-teams value for the No. 3 running back spot. Even if he's active again, Smallwood isn't likely to see work on offense Week 2 against the Cowboys.
The Redskins claimed Smallwood off waivers from the Eagles on Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
It may not be a coincidence that the Redskins are claiming a player from the team they face Week 1. Even if it is, Smallwood will land at the bottom of the depth chart, behind Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. The Redskins cut fellow running back Byron Marshall to make room for Smallwood on the 53-man roster, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
The Eagles waived Smallwood on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Smallwood has been a decent enough fill-in for the Eagles, averaging 4.0 yards per carry over three seasons. With this move, he'll likely be on the radar of RB-needy teams.
Smallwood rushed seven times for 23 yards and caught one of two targets for minus-1 yard while losing a fumble in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets.
Philadelphia's entire offense couldn't get much going in the 6-0 loss, but Smallwood was the team's busiest running back, with none of the other guys getting more than three touches. Given the breakdown in workload, it appears likely that Smallwood will lock down one of the Eagles' final roster spots over the likes of Josh Adams. He'll still be sweating on cut day, though.
Smallwood is one of four contenders for just one possible roster spot, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
The Eagles are likely to keep at most five running backs on the roster, so Smallwood must beat out Josh Adams, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey. The top four spots already belong to Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement. Among the advantages for the 25-year-old are his well-rounded game and experience with the team, while Adams, viewed as Smallwood's main competition, is a better playmaker.
Smallwood will need to battle for a roster spot this summer, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard and drafted Miles Sanders in the second round, leaving the rest of their running backs to battle for one or two roster spots. Corey Clement (knee) will have a good chance to secure one of those spots if he's healthy for training camp, so the current picture doesn't look especially favorable for Smallwood, Josh Adams (shoulder), Boston Scott or Donnel Pumphrey. While he isn't particularly fast or powerful, the 25-year-old Smallwood has at least displayed a degree of versatility, averaging 4.2 yards on 87 carries and 8.2 yards on 28 receptions while playing all 16 games last season. If nothing else, he should be ahead of Scott and Pumphrey.
Smallwood is facing more competition after the Eagles acquired fellow running back Jordan Howard in a trade with the Bears, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Howard becomes the instant favorite to serve as Philadelphia's lead runner, albeit in a backfield that has consistently taken a committee approach since coach Doug Pederson was hired in 2016. There's still room for Smallwood to earn a significant role -- especially on passing downs -- but it also isn't difficult to envision a scenario in which he fails to make the 53-man roster. Howard was selected three picks before Smallwood in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, leaving both players in the final season of their respective rookie contracts. The Philadelphia backfield may get even more crowded before training camp, as Darren Sproles may decide to play another season and the draft is still to come.
Smallwood rushed 10 times for 33 yards and brought in his only target for six yards in the Eagles' 20-14 divisional-round playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Change-of-pace option Darren Sproles was the only other back besides Smallwood to log a carry for the Eagles, as the third-year pro was the preferred early-down option over Josh Adams for the second straight postseason tilt. Smallwood was serviceable with his opportunities, but the running game became more of an afterthought as the game wore on. The 24-year-old finished his third season with 87 carries for 364 yards and three touchdowns, along with an additional 230 receiving yards and a pair of scores on 28 receptions. Given his dual-threat skill set and modest cap hit in what will be the fourth year of his rookie contract, Smallwood figures to be given an opportunity to compete for at least a part-time role in the backfield once again in 2019.
Smallwood rushed eight times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 20 more in Sunday's 16-15 wild-card-round win over Chicago.
Darren Sproles (13 carries for 21 yards) and Smallwood split most of the work on the ground, with Josh Adams rushing just once for two yards. Smallwood came tantalizingly close to giving his team a three-point lead after Philadelphia's go-ahead touchdown in the final minute, but his attempt at diving over the goal line for a two-point conversion came up just short. That play almost led to the Eagles' downfall after the Bears got into field-goal range, but Cody Parkey missed from 43 yards out to send Philadelphia to New Orleans for the divisional round. Smallwood and Sproles should continue to work in a timeshare against the Saints.
Smallwood (hand) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's wild-card contest at Chicago.
Smallwood made a sudden appearance on Thursday's practice report as limited due to a hand injury, but his elevation to full participation Friday has wiped away any question about his ability to suit up in the Eagles' postseason opener. If his workload from the final three games of the regular season translates to the playoffs, he should be in line for upwards of 10 touches working behind Darren Sproles and Josh Adams.
Smallwood was limited during Thursday's practice due to a hand injury, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports
Smallwood's late addition to the injury report is some cause for concern in regard to his status, but the fact that he still got in part of the practice suggests the issue isn't too serious. The team's final injury report Friday should shed some more light on his availability for the wild-card game.
Smallwood had 12 carries for 53 yards and four catches for 24 more in Sunday's 24-0 win over Washington, playing 26 snaps on offense (37 percent), Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The Philadelphia backfield was a true three-way timeshare Week 17, with Josh Adams accounting for 14 touches on just 18 snaps (25 percent) while Darren Sproles saw nine touches across 27 snaps (38 percent). There was a bit of inflation for Smallwood in garbage time, but he also got the start and the first carry, with half his touches occurring before halftime. The split workload will make it difficult for any one running back to be productive during the playoffs, especially against a stifling Chicago defense this coming Sunday.
Smallwood notched three yards on one rush and gathered in all four of his targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 32-30 win versus the Texans.
Smallwood has found a place in the offense under the direction of Nick Foles the last two games. However, Smallwood didn't come close to matching his two-touchdown performance from Week 15, despite earning just four fewer offensive snaps. Whether or not it includes the playoffs, the Eagles' scheme seems to favor both Darren Sproles and Josh Adams before Smallwood, making the latter difficult to trust for production.
Smallwood ran the ball 10 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Rams.
Recent starter Josh Adams struggled (15 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown) and had to leave the game twice due to injury, opening up the door for Smallwood to step in and deliver a strong fantasy performance. While the 24-year-old did see extra run due to Adams' back injury, the output wasn't purely related to the injury, as the latter didn't miss significant chunks of action. The ground game has been one of the multiple reasons the Eagles have struggled this year, so working with a timeshare -- yet again -- for Week 16's matchup with the Texans wouldn't surprise us.
Smallwood rushed once for three yards in Sunday's 29-23 loss to the Cowboys.
Smallwood relieved Corey Clement after the latter was forced to depart with a knee injury. Each back played just four snaps, so even if Clement misses Week 15's road matchup with the Rams, Smallwood's not looking at a huge increase in playing time. His greatest value is likely as a deep-league insurance policy to Josh Adams or the 35-year-old Darren Sproles.
Smallwood did not touch the ball in Monday night's 28-13 win over Washington.
Smallwood has been on the field for a total of seven offensive plays over the last three weeks and has just one carry for a loss of four yards in that span, including no touches or targets in the last two games. Josh Adams and Corey Clement have seized control of the backfield, and the return of Darren Sproles only serves to bury the 24-year-old further down the depth chart. He can safely be ignored in fantasy until and unless injury strikes.
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