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Ito Smith

Ito Smith

25-Year-Old Running BackRB

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$Released by the Falcons in April of 2021.

April 15, 2021

ANALYSIS
The move comes in the wake of the team’s signing of the versatile Cordarrelle Patterson and quite possibly foreshadows the addition of a second or third-round running back in the upcoming NFL Draft, per Tori McElhaney of The Athletic. Smith finished the 2020 campaign — his third with the Falcons — with 268 rushing yards and one TD in 63 rushing attempts, to go along with 75 receiving yards on 17 catches. The 25-year-old now will look to catch on elsewhere as a depth back.

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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.


Avg Depth of Target

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Past Fantasy Outlooks




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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Ends season with quiet outing

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.

Maintains limited practice activity

Leads team with 10 carries

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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