Wendell Smallwood
Wendell Smallwood
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Washington Redskins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.58 million contract with the Eagles in May of 2016. Waived by the Eagles in August of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Redskins in September of 2019.
Should have passing-down role
RBWashington Redskins
October 18, 2019
Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell said Friday that he has confidence in Smallwood's ability to fill the injured Chris Thompson's (toe) usual duties on passing downs Week 7 against the 49ers, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official site reports.
The oft-injured Thompson will miss his first game of the season Sunday, opening the door for Smallwood to see an enhanced role on offense after the bulk of his snaps came on special teams in the first six weeks. Though Smallwood will likely struggle to match the 4.5 catches per game and 10.2 yards per reception Thompson has delivered to date, the former still represents a much better option in the passing game than the only other healthy back on the roster, Adrian Peterson. Washington may still promote Craig Reynolds from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game, but his lack of prior NFL experience is probably enough to keep him behind Smallwood in the backfield hierarchy.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Wendell Smallwood's 2019 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.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
2.7 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Wendell Smallwood Split Stats
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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.
5' 10"
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
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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Garners one carry
RBWashington Redskins
October 15, 2019
Smallwood gained four yards on his lone carry of Sunday's 17-16 win over the Dolphins.
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Gains 27 yards
RBWashington Redskins
October 8, 2019
Smallwood carried the ball six times for 27 yards during Sunday's 33-7 loss to New England.
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Gets a few touches
RBWashington Redskins
September 16, 2019
Smallwood had one carry for four yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to Dallas.
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Slated for situational action
RBWashington Redskins
September 15, 2019
Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday Smallwood will be involved in the offense on a situational basis for Sunday's game against Dallas, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.
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Strictly plays special teams
RBWashington Redskins
September 9, 2019
Smallwood played zero snaps on offense and 19 on special teams in Sunday's 32-27 loss to the Eagles.
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