Alex Smith QB KC 4 weeks ago29 Comments

Smith spent time in the offseason working on his footwork, throwing motion and decision-making, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

Smith completed 65 percent or his passes last season, ranking 10th in the league in that category. While he's never really had problems in the turnover department (throwing just 6 interceptions last season), the veteran quarterback doesn't throw deep balls very often, leading to defenders creeping down into the box. Smith should benefit from the offseason addition of Jeremy Maclin, and stretching the field more would benefit the running game as well.

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Smith (spleen) has been cleared for football activities, ESPN.com reports.

Smith missed the Chiefs' regular season finale due to a lacerated spleen, but after a few months off, the signal-caller has been given the green light to resume playing. As a result, Smith was able to throw to receivers during Monday's opening voluntary offseason workout and should be fine heading into the upcoming campaign.

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Smith - who missed Sunday's regular season finale against the Chargers due to a lacerated spleen - finished the 2014 season with 3,265 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He added 254 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Smith posted another efficient season under center, but numbers that aren't eye-popping enough to make him a prime fantasy candidate. The deep ball isn't his specialty, leading to few big plays and ineffectiveness for most of the receivers. The Chiefs didn't have much for him among the wideouts this season, however, with Donnie Avery, Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins all suffering injuries and leaving the corps depleted. The late emergence of Albert Wilson could be beneficial in 2015, as he appears to be the favorite to take on the no. 2 receiver spot and gives the team a threat to stretch the field. Still, Smith doesn't figure to do much more than he has done over the past couple season with the Chiefs, and the rushing game with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis still figures to be the primary form of offensive production for the Chiefs.

Alex Smith QB KC 6 months ago

Smith has lacerated spleen and will not play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

As a result, Chase Daniel is in line to start Sunday's game, and beyond -- should the Chiefs qualify for the postseason -- with team trainer Rick Burkholder indicating that the type of injury that Smith is dealing with typically takes about six week to recover from.

Alex Smith QB KC 6 months ago

Smith completed 31-of-45 passes for 311 yards against the Steelers, adding two carries for 14 yards.

While Smith didn't finish the day with a bad statline, he and the Chiefs were unable to finish off drives and failed to score a touchdown on the day. Smith was also under constant duress in the pocket Sunday, as he was sacked six times and hit eight. He will look for a turnaround next Sunday when he faces a Chargers defense that allowed 35 points to a previously struggling 49ers offense Saturday.

Alex Smith QB KC 6 months ago

Smith completed 18-of-30 passes for a season-high 297 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Raiders, also rushing three times for 17 yards.

Smith completed the Chiefs' longest pass of the season Sunday as well, a 70-yard touchdown pass to Knile Davis. Of the 70 yards, 65 came after the catch, however, as the defender covering Davis slipped and left him open. He also completed a 48 yard pass to the emerging Albert Wilson, as Smith has now surpassed 290 yards passing two straight weeks after failing to reach the mark in the first 12 games of the season. He will face a favorable matchup next week against a Steelers defense that allowed 310 yards through the air against the Falcons, who were playing without Julio Jones.

Alex Smith QB KC 7 months ago

Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, with one touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 17-14 loss at Arizona. He also added four carries for 26 yards.

Smith didn't play poorly, although his shortcomings as a passer -- namely his ineffectiveness as a downfield passer -- were evident in the final minute of the game, with the Chiefs needing a field goal to tie. The veteran QB did utilize Travis Kelce more than ever, as the duo hooked up seven times for 110 yards, but he and the Chiefs' coaching staff should have figured out that Kelce was their best receiving option a long time ago. In any event, Smith will face the Raiders at home next week.

Alex Smith QB KC 7 months ago

Smith completed 15-of-23 passes for 153 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, in Sunday's 29-16 loss to the Broncos.

Smith took six sacks and added five carries for six yards, while Jamaal Charles had his worst rushing game since Week 2, producing 35 yards from just 10 totes. The Chiefs only ran 44 offensive plays, as the Broncos piled up 214 yards on the ground, led by C.J. Anderson. Smith relied on his typical array of short passes, and while his accuracy was decent, the Chiefs went just 1-of-9 on third downs. Smith and his teammates draw another tough matchup in Week 14, facing the Cardinals in Arizona.

Alex Smith QB KC 7 months ago

Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 234 yards, with two touchdowns and no interception in Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Raiders. He added five yard on two carries.

This is one of the better stat lines you'll see from Smith, but he didn't actually play one of his better games. While the lack of aggressive downfield throws is to be expected at this point, Smith typically does well with his composure in the pocket and short accuracy, both of which were problems for most of Thursday's game. Even in leading the Chiefs to back-to-back touchdown drives to tie the game, Smith mostly just hit wide-open receivers on botched coverages by the Oakland defense. The Chiefs may need another 35+ pass attempts from Smith next week against the Broncos, but that doesn't change the reality of his limited weekly ceiling.

Alex Smith QB KC 7 months ago

Smith completed 11 of 16 passes for a season-low 108 yards Sunday against the Seahawks.

The Chiefs got significant production in the running game, with Jamaal Charles racking up 159 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, though Smith was held to minus-1 yard on two carries. Smith has now failed to reach 200 yards in three straight games, while failing to account for a touchdown in back-to-back contests. He'll look to break through Thursday against a Raiders defense ranked 18th against the pass this season.