Wendell Smallwood
Wendell Smallwood
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
For the third straight season Smallwood finds himself on a new team after signing a one-year contract with Pittsburgh in July. His durability -- he has missed just one game in the past two seasons -- provides the Steelers with some roster depth, primarily as a pass-catching option out of the backfield. That depth, however, may also limit his fantasy value. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Steelers in September of 2020.
Lands on practice squad
RBFree Agent
September 7, 2020
The Steelers signed Smallwood to the practice squad Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
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Smallwood was released Saturday but will stick around on the practice squad. The 2016 fifth-round pick contributes best as a pass-catcher, and he'd be a strong addition to the active roster if starter James Conner suffered another injury.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Wendell Smallwood's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
208 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.47 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.83 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
30.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Smallwood played 16 games for the first time in his three-year career last season and had his most productive campaign, but the stats were still fairly modest. After producing 91 scrimmage yards and a TD in Week 3, he never topped 80 yards again, seeing double-digit touches only twice after a Week 9 bye. His lack of size or standout athleticism mark him as purely a depth RB, and while his skills as a receiver might make him the best option to take on Darren Sproles' third-down snaps, the front office made significant upgrades to the depth chart in trading for Jordan Howard and using a second-round pick on Miles Sanders. Smallwood will need a big training camp just to earn a roster spot, and his workload will depend on the performance and health of his competition more so than his own performance.
Smallwood saw between 13 and 43 snaps in his first six games of 2017, but the acquisition of Jay Ajayi prior to Week 9 rendered the 24-year-old moot, and he spent virtually the rest of the season on the inactive list. In 2018, he will have to stand out in the preseason compared to Donnel Pumphrey, Matt Jones and undrafted free agent Josh Adams for the fourth and likely final running back spot on the Eagles roster. While coach Doug Pederson has been very public this offseason in his support for Smallwood, his lack of size compared to Jones and Adams may be what costs the West Virginia product in the end, as the team has no goal-line masher type now that LeGarrette Blount split for Detroit.
A fifth-round pick in 2016, Smallwood doesn't have ideal size for a lead back at 5-10, 208 pounds, but in a backfield that includes the undersized Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey, that makes him a giant. Smallwood doesn't have any one standout trait as a runner, but he's shown flashes of good vision and speed, as well as a complete package of third-down skills. He got few chances to display those abilities as a rookie behind Sproles and the oft-injured Ryan Mathews, and ended the season on IR due to a knee injury of his own. With Mathews seemingly on his way out and Sproles not getting any younger, Smallwood could end up seeing the largest share of the Eagles' backfield touches in 2017. A heavy workload still seems unlikely, barring an injury to free-agent addition LeGarrette Blount.
The Eagles snagged Smallwood in the fifth round of the draft, but they might need him sooner rather than later. Starter Ryan Mathews has been injury-prone for the majority of his career, while Darren Sproles enters an age-33 season and wasn't happy during the spring. Smallwood led the Big 12 in rushing as a junior— playing bigger than his 5-11, 201-pound frame — and was a capable receiver, though his average catch fell significantly his final year. The Eagles offense figures to have a number of moving and variable parts as the Doug Pederson era begins; Smallwood could be anywhere from No. 2 to No. 4 when the season starts. But if you're in the mood to fade Mathews, especially in a long-term format, there's plenty to like with Smallwood.
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Let go by Pittsburgh
RBFree Agent
September 6, 2020
Smallwood was cut by the Steelers on Saturday, Sean Gentille of The Athletic reports.
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Remains absent from practice
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder
August 24, 2020
Smallwood (shoulder) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Injures shoulder in practice
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder
August 22, 2020
Smallwood injured his shoulder in Saturday's practice, per coach Mike Tomlin, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Joins Steelers' backfield
RBPittsburgh Steelers
July 28, 2020
The Steelers have signed Smallwood to a one-year contract, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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Barely plays on offense
RBWashington Football Team
December 31, 2019
Smallwood took three carries for five yards in Sunday's 47-16 loss to Dallas, finishing the 2019 season with 22 carries for 81 yards and nine catches for 64 yards in 15 games.
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