Rod Smith
Rod Smith
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Dallas Cowboys
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $1.32 million contract with the Cowboys in January of 2017.
Almost invisible in loss to Panthers
RBDallas Cowboys
September 11, 2018
Smith carried the ball once for five yards and failed to bring in his only target in Sunday's loss to the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Smith's workload was small playing behind Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys' No. 2 back could at some point see more touches if the team ever gets a chance to give Elliott a breather, but the team's limited offensive showing in Week 1 promises a lot of close contests ahead, and few opportunities for Smith.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    7
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    34
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
4
94
2017
230
261
2018
7
34
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 3"
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Weight:   235 lbs
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Dallas Cowboys Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Gets 10 touches Sunday
RBDallas Cowboys
August 26, 2018
Smith rushed seven times for 17 yards while catching all three of his targets for 24 yards and losing a fumble in Sunday's 27-3 preseason loss to the Cardinals.
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Carries eight times in preseason debut
RBDallas Cowboys
August 10, 2018
Smith carried eight times for 32 yards and caught one of two targets for an additional six yards during Thursday's preseason opener against the 49ers.
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Facing backup competition
RBDallas Cowboys
June 26, 2018
Smith will compete with Tavon Austin and seventh-round rookie Bo Scarbrough for backup work behind Ezekiel Elliott, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Surprisingly productive in 2017
RBDallas Cowboys
January 7, 2018
Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries while adding 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air.
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Won't play Sunday
RBDallas Cowboys
Illness
December 31, 2017
Smith (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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