Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith (foot) put in a full practice on Wednesday and isn't listed on the final injury report. So he'll play against the Cowboys on Thursday night. The last time we saw the rookie, he was exploding for a 10-157-1 line vs. the Eagles. It's worth noting that Smith has struggled on the road this season, but he'll be playing indoors in Dallas.
Saints HC Sean Payton said Wednesday that rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith is ready for a bigger role. “We've gotta find ways to get him more touches," Payton said. "He's handling our installation. He knows what we're doing game plan-wise. And I think he's ready to prove that." Smith has seen just 1 target in each of the first 2 games, but his snap rate climbed from 17% in the opener to 33% in Week 2. That'll need to get above 50% before we can start to consider Smith a fantasy option. But there's certainly opportunity here. 60% of the Saints' targets have gone to WR Michael Thomas and RB Alvin Kamara through 2 weeks. They need to find more balance.
Saints WR Tre'Quan Smith has been a standout early in training camp and is already getting 1st-team reps. The 3rd-round rookie was 1 of our favorite sleepers in this year's WR class, with an impressive combination of contested-catch and downfield ability. (He flashed some of that ability on this deep reception in Saturday's practice.) Smith is battling with Cameron Meredith and Ted Ginn for snaps and targets behind #1 WR Michael Thomas. Meredith is still the favorite, but Smith is plenty capable of carving out a significant role this season. He's an intriguing late-round flier in best-ball drafts.
The Saints added Central Florida WR Tre'Quan Smith in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This guy was one of our favorite sleepers in the WR class and lands in an intriguing spot. Smith led Central Florida in catches, yards and TDs in all 3 seasons there and tested as a 65th percentile athlete at the Combine. On film, he's one of the best contested-catch WRs in the class with his 6'2, 210-pound frame, 37.5-inch vertical and 87th percentile arm length. Per Pro Football Focus, Smith led all WRs in this draft class with 9 TDs on passes 20+ yards downfield last year. He'll battle Cameron Meredith and Ted Ginn for targets behind Michael Thomas this year and won't be more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues. But we like this landing spot long-term with offensive mastermind Sean Payton.