Kevin Smith RB DET 3 Months
The New York Daily News reports the Giants have "spoken to the agents" of free agent RBs Kevin Smith and Ryan Grant.
Free agent Tim Hightower is believed to be another possibility. The Giants are rummaging deep through the recycle bin, but it's unclear if any of the three will even get a workout, let alone sign. For now, the G-Men appear content to stand pat. That will likely change once vested veterans don't have to be guaranteed contracts after Week 1.
Kevin Smith RB DET 11 Months
Although impending free agent Kevin Smith would like to re-sign with the Lions, he expressed disappointment with his 2012 role.
"Very, very disappointing, especially coming off the year I had last year coming back," said Smith, adding that he was never given a reason for his demotion. "I guess I wasn't good enough on a 4-12 team. ... I guess the guys that were in front of me made enough plays to keep me on the bench."
Kevin Smith RB DET Dec 02 '12
Kevin Smith recorded zero touches in the Lions' Week 13 loss to the Colts.
The only snaps Smith saw were as a third-down pass protector for Matthew Stafford. When Mikel Leshoure needed a break, it was a red-hot Joique Bell that came on. There's no upside in stashing Smith in any format.
Kevin Smith RB DET Nov 19 '12
Kevin Smith played 19 snaps to Joique Bell's 10 in Week 11 versus the Packers.
We noted Sunday that Smith had overtaken Bell on third downs. The Lions didn't have a lead in the fourth quarter, so there's no telling if Bell still retains the "closer" role. Coach Jim Schwartz didn't address the changing roles on Monday and apparently wasn't asked about Bell's demotion. We should have a better read on the situation before Thursday's game versus the Texans.
Kevin Smith RB DET Oct 22 '12
Lions declared RB Kevin Smith, CBs Jacob Lacey and Bill Bentley, OLs Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard, and DE Ronnell Lewis inactive for Monday night's game against the Bears.
Smith has fallen behind Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell on the depth chart. Third-string running back Stefan Logan offers special teams ability. Jonte Green is expected to start opposite Chris Houston with Lacey (concussion) and Bentley (shoulder) out. Kellen Moore is the third quarterback.
Kevin Smith RB DET Oct 16 '12
Kevin Smith is pessimistic about his chances of climbing the depth chart.
Smith was a healthy scratch in Week 6 as he's fallen behind Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell and Keiland Williams. When asked what he can do to get back in the rotation, Smith said, "Probably nothing." Even with Jahvid Best (concussions) now done for the year, Smith will probably need an injury to garner any fantasy attention.
Kevin Smith RB DET Oct 14 '12
Beat writer Anwar Richardson believes Kevin Smith will be released if Jahvid Best (concussions) gets cleared.
Smith is a healthy scratch in Week 6. Per Richardson, the coaches "believe he didn't hit the hole hard enough, and lacked a burst of speed" during his short-lived stint as the starter this season. Smith is now clearly behind Mikel Leshoure, Joique Bell and Keiland Williams on the depth chart.