Rod Smith
Rod Smith
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The Raiders scooped Smith up late in the 2019 season as Josh Jacobs tended to a fractured shoulder plate, but the former primarily served on special teams as he logged just one offensive snap in three contests behind Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Smith now faces an uphill battle for a roster spot, but he's a bruising back at 6-foot-3, 236 pounds and his style clearly differs from that of Richard, rookie Lynn Bowden and newcomer Devonate Booker. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Raiders in September of 2020.
Latches on with Giants
RBFree Agent
September 9, 2020
Smith signed on with the Giants' practice squad Wednesday, Art Stapleton of NorthJersey.com reports.
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Smith was cut by the Raiders on Sept. 1 after failing to make the roster, but he was able to find a new gig elsewhere. The 28-year-old saw action in six games between Tennessee and the Raiders in 2019, but failed to record a fantasy relevant stat.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Signed by the Giants, Smith will vie with Wayne Gallman for the job of backing up Saquon Barkley. Smith had long been Ezekiel Elliott's backup in Dallas, so he knows the drill - inconsistent and modest usage barring an injury to the starter. At 6-3, 235, Smith is a big back, but he averaged only 2.9 YPC on 44 rushes and caught only nine passes last year.
With only four touches through his first two seasons, Smith seemed destined to remain a special teams player, but he opened eyes with a 45-yard run in Week 7 against the 49ers, then got a chance to shine when Elliott served a six-game suspension. Smith scored five touchdowns in a four-game stretch sharing work with Alfred Morris, and his 160 scrimmage yards against the Giants in Week 14 cemented his spot as the No. 2 back when Elliott returned for Week 16. The 24-year-old doesn't have a lot of speed or quickness, but he has the size and power to grind out extra yards between the tackles. The Cowboys replaced Morris with seventh-round pick Bo Scarbrough and also traded for Tavon Austin, but it appears Smith would still be first in line for the lead job if anything were to happen to Elliott.
Smith's willingness to do whatever the Cowboys ask of him -- whether it's convert to fullback, play special teams, or act as a cheerleader for his brother Jaylon's rehab from knee surgery -- kept him on the roster last season, but only one touch (a four-yard reception) in seven games gives a clear idea of his fantasy upside. He may fill a depth role again in 2017, but that's his ceiling.
The older brother of 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith, Rod played in one game with the Seahawks as a rookie before being cut and catching on with the Cowboys for the remainder of last season as primarily a special teams player. Converted to fullback in the offseason due to his size and willingness to lay a hit, Smith could see plenty of snaps in 2016 if he can win a starting role at that position but his touches would remain very limited as he's tasked with opening holes for Ezekiel Elliott and keeping Tony Romo upright rather than getting yards on his own.
An undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, Smith has no chance of making the roster. His best hope is the practice squad, and that might not even happen.
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Cut by Raiders
RBFree Agent
September 1, 2020
The Raiders released Smith on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared from ailment
RBLas Vegas Raiders
August 17, 2020
Smith (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on COVID-19 list
RBLas Vegas Raiders
Illness
August 6, 2020
The Raiders placed Smith (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
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Re-ups with Raiders
RBLas Vegas Raiders
March 21, 2020
Smith signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Heads to Oakland
RBOakland Raiders
December 10, 2019
Smith signed with the Raiders on Tuesday.
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