Kevin Smith RB DET Aug 03 '784 Comments
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 Jul 27 '789 Comments
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 Jul 25 '7811 Comments
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.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 12 '7815 Comments
Kevin Smith did not play a single offensive snap in the Lions' Week 4 loss to the Vikings.
Smith has tumbled down the depth chart, now slotting in behind Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. Leshoure touched the football 17 times against Minnesota. Bell got seven touches and totaled a team-high 74 yards operating in the change-of-pace back role. We wouldn't be surprised if Smith encountered fantasy value before the season is up, but for now he's an RB5/waiver wire fodder.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 11 '782 Comments
Kevin Smith was held out of the boxscore in Week 4 versus the Vikings.
We didn't see him on the field at any point. Mikel Leshoure was the clear feature back, and Joique Bell took over in the two-minute drill, taking advantage of a prevent defense for six receptions and 72 yards. Smith has no fantasy value beyond the dime-a-dozen roster stash.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 09 '788 Comments
Lions OC Scott Linehan conceded that it will be difficult to find playing time for Kevin Smith following Mikel Leshoure's Week 3 breakout performance.
"It's really hard," Linehan said. "The game plan is going to be the factor for him. If we're using single-back looks on a number of occasions, there's only going to be one in there." Barring injury, Smith will be limited to a change-of-pace role going forward. He's nothing more than an end-of-the-roster stash in fantasy leagues.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 06 '7815 Comments
Coach Jim Schwartz said he intended for Kevin Smith to be the third-down back in the Week 3 loss to the Titans.
Schwartz declined to publicly demote Smith. "That was more about the situations [the Titans] were in," he said. "As the game went on, [Mikel] Leshoure was doing well in some of those roles and we kept him on the field. We use all those guys. There's really no depth chart when it comes to our running backs. They're all in different packages and they're all valuable to us." The truth is that Smith received zero touches and lost backup duties to Joique Bell.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 05 '7814 Comments
Kevin Smith operated as the clear No. 3 running back in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Titans.
Mikel Leshoure started and was the workhorse. When he got tired, the Lions turned to Joique Bell. Smith didn't receive a single touch and it now looks like he'll need a Leshoure injury to regain a meaningful role.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 05 '786 Comments
Kevin Smith received zero touches in Week 3 against the Titans.
Mikel Leshoure started the game in his return from suspension and saw the vast majority of the work out of the Detroit backfield. Smith was in for, maybe, a handful of snaps, playing only on third-and-very-long. Joique Bell even saw nine touches, working mostly in the overtime period. Smith showed very little in the run game through the season's first two weeks and has been pushed deep down the depth chart.
Kevin Smith RB DET Jul 04 '7813 Comments
Mikel Leshoure is starting over Kevin Smith for the Lions against the Titans in Week 3.
Leshoure is returning from suspension and seems to have already passed Smith in the Detroit backfield. Smith took the bulk of the first-team reps early in the week, but the Lions aren't happy with his early-down work in 2012. Leshoure is expected to see close to 15 touches, while Smith can likely expect 8-10 for himself as the likely third-down back.