Alphonso Smith DB DET Aug 24 '78
Lions waived CB Alphonso Smith.
Smith was signed in mid-October. He recorded just eight tackles in four games played with the team. Detroit claimed CB Pat Lee off waivers from the Raiders in a corresponding transaction.
Alphonso Smith DB DET Jul 29 '78
Lions signed CB Alphonso Smith.
The Lions are desperate for corner help with Bill Bentley (shoulder) and Jacob Lacey (concussion) in doubt for Monday's game against the Bears. Smith knows the scheme after spending all of training camp with the Lions.
Alphonso Smith DB DET Jun 11 '78
Lions waived CB Alphonso Smith.
Smith opened camp in the mix to start opposite Chris Houston, but his roster chances took a major hit when the Lions acquired Kevin Barnes from the Redskins. Barnes and Bill Bentley could rotate snaps at right corner with Jacob Lacey manning the slot. With 38 appearances under his belt the past three seasons, Smith should be able to find a new job.
Alphonso Smith DB DET May 08 '78
Alphonso Smith ran as the starting right cornerback in the Lions' first training camp session.
Coach Jim Schwartz cautioned not to read too deeply into who got the first reps where, but with the Lions preferring Jacob Lacey in the slot, Smith should get the first crack at replacing Aaron Berry. Third-rounder Dwight Bentley is also in the mix at right corner.
Alphonso Smith DB DET Mar 21 '78
Lions CB Alphonso Smith has impressed the team's coaches this offseason.
Smith has been in and out of the doghouse the past two years, but it's a make-or-break offseason after the team added Jacob Lacey, as well as, a trio of cornerbacks in April's draft. As low as seventh on the depth chart, he's certainly on the roster bubble.
Alphonso Smith DB DET Jan 05 '78
Lions GM Martin Mayhew was largely noncommittal Tuesday when asked whether CB Alphonso Smith is on the trade block.
NFL Net's Jason La Canfora reported in February that the Lions were "willing to move" Smith via trade. "Alphonso is a young player that plays a position that is difficult to play, and he certainly made some plays for us last year, the last couple years," said Mayhew. "We'll see how he turns out this year. ... He's on our roster now, and I don't have any plans to let him go."
Alphonso Smith DB DET Dec 05 '77
NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports the Lions are "willing to move" CB Alphonso Smith, and have already shopped him to at least one team.
Smith missed the Lions' first three games of the season after breaking his foot in July, and was also inactive in Weeks 10 and 12. He graded out negatively in coverage in Pro Football Focus' rankings, though he did manage to notch three interceptions. It doesn't speak well to his future, however, that he's being shopped by a club in great need of improving its secondary.
Alphonso Smith DB DET Jun 15 '77
Lions activated CB Alphonso Smith (foot) from the active/NFI list.
"He's not game-ready yet," coach Jim Schwartz admitted. "It's still going to be a while for him, but it's going to be sooner than six weeks, so we wanted to get him in the swing." Smith will be Detroit's nickel corner when he returns. The job will either go to Brandon McDonald or Aaron Berry to open the season.
Alphonso Smith DB DET May 08 '77
Lions CB Alphonso Smith showed up to training camp with a broken left foot.
Smith says he suffered the injury about three weeks ago while working out and it only increases the Lions' need for corner help. Even though Smith was projected as a nickel back, they are very thin behind their elite front four.