Ito Smith
Ito Smith
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was tough for Smith. A concussion knocked him out Week 3 against the Colts, then he suffered a second one Week 7 against the Rams, and the subsequent neck issues sidelined him for the rest of the year. He was effective with his limited touches before being shut down, but the sample was too small to draw any real conclusions. Smith has a reasonably well-rounded skill set and runs with surprising power for a small back, but he doesn't have breakaway speed or electric moves in the open field. With the Falcons swapping out Devonta Freeman for Todd Gurley as their lead back this offseason, Gurley's ongoing knee problems open the possibility of Smith finding his way to a lead role. But in the event the new starter went down, a committee likely would emerge between Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.08 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2018.
Ends season with quiet outing
RBAtlanta Falcons
January 4, 2021
Smith carried the ball three times for nine yards, adding a seven-yard catch during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
ANALYSIS
Smith was limited throughout the practice week because of a rib injury, providing context for his reduced Week 17 role. Atlanta found itself in a pass-heavy game script facing a significant halftime deficit, but Brian Hill and Todd Gurley still combined for 18 carries atop the Falcons backfield. Smith had been enjoying an uptick in usage in recent weeks, with double-digit carries over three of his five most recent outings entering Sunday. The 25-year-old closes out the year with 268 rushing yards and one TD over 63 attempts, adding 75 receiving yards on 17 catches. He's under contract with the Falcons for one more season at a cap hit of $1.1 million.
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How do Ito Smith's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
9.5%
 
Positive Run %
87.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
36.6%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.6
 
Rushing TD %
1.6%
 
Touches Per Game
5.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.04
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.2%
 
% Team Targets
4.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.0%
 
Drop Rate
4.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.1
 
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50745%
32729%
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Another injury-plagued season for Devonta Freeman pushed Smith into a fairly significant role in his rookie campaign, but the jury's still out on whether he can handle a consistent workload in the NFL. In many ways a discount version of Freeman, the Southern Mississippi product stumbled to 3.5 YPC once he began to see regular snaps Week 4, and he didn't distinguish himself through the air either, managing just 4.8 yards per target. Smith does run with some power (for a 195-pound back) and was a productive receiver in college, but a lack of speed or elusiveness limits his upside. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter preferred bulkier running backs in Tampa Bay, but with Tevin Coleman gone to San Francisco, there will at least be more snaps and touches available. Smith needs to show improvement in his second season to take advantage, especially after the addition of the much larger Qadree Ollison in the fifth round of the draft.
The Falcons' front office might have experienced some deja vu when it drafted Smith in the fourth round this year. At 5-9, 195, Smith's scouting report reads similarly to that of the team's 2014 fourth-round pick, one Devonta Freeman. Much like his new teammate, Smith would be typecast as a passing-down specialist in many organizations due to his small stature and natural receiving skills, even though he shows surprising power in his running thanks to a low pad level and a strong lower body. What he lacks is Freeman's elusiveness, as Smith doesn't quite have the footwork or agility to set up would-be tacklers for bad angles or ugly whiffs. Even if injuries to Freeman or Tevin Coleman were to open snaps for the rookie, it's hard to image he'd take full advantage of his opportunity the way Freeman once did. If he does get his chance, though, Smith's overall profile is a good fit for Atlanta's scheme.
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Cleared for Week 17
RBAtlanta Falcons
January 1, 2021
Smith (rib) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Maintains limited practice activity
RBAtlanta Falcons
Ribs
December 31, 2020
Smith (rib) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Limited in practice
RBAtlanta Falcons
Ribs
December 30, 2020
Smith was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Leads team with 10 carries
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 27, 2020
Smith ran for 46 yards on 10 carries, reeling in his only target for a five-yard gain during Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Chiefs. He also fumbled once, but the ball rolled out of bounds.
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Named lead back by coach
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 21, 2020
Interim coach Raheem Morris said Monday that Smith is the Falcons' "lead runner," Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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