Ito Smith
Ito Smith
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $3.08 million contract with the Falcons in May of 2018.
Not seen as Coleman's replacement
RBAtlanta Falcons
February 28, 2019
Head coach Dan Quinn stopped short of naming Smith as Tevin Coleman's replacement, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He certainly has shown that he's capable of [replacing Coleman], but if that (Coleman leaving in free agency) takes place, there will definitely be other guys that we put into the mix to compete with (Smith)," Quinn said Wednesday at the NFL Combine.
This is not what dynasty owners wanted to hear, but there are definitely reasons Quinn feels that way. For starters, Smith topped four yards per carry in just four of 14 appearances as a rookie last season and didn't log a single carry of 20-plus yards over 90 attempts. He wasn't much of a receiving threat, either, averaging just 4.7 yards per target and 5.6 yards per catch. While it's possible Smith could make significant improvement after his first full offseason, his rookie season fell far short of proving he has the pop to replace Tevin Coleman as the lightning to Devonta Freeman's thunder.
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How do Ito Smith's 2018 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 the number of times he touched the ball.
  • 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.
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Positive Run %
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Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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Nearly finished rehab
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee - Meniscus
February 6, 2019
Smith (knee) is almost back to 100 percent health and doesn't expect to have any limitations during the offseason, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
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Gets knee scoped
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee - Meniscus
December 20, 2018
Smith (knee) underwent an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday to address meniscus damage, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
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Diagnosed with meniscus injury
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee - Meniscus
December 17, 2018
Smith is slated for surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, Vaughn McClure of reports. As a result, the Falcons will place Smith on injured reserve, per Will McFadden of the team's official site.
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Out for season
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 17, 2018
Smith (knee) will be placed on injured reserve, Vaughn McClure of reports.
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Hurts knee Sunday
RBAtlanta Falcons
December 16, 2018
Smith is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a knee injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
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