Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
2 weeks ago1 Comment

Smith completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns while adding 13 yards on four carries without a turnover in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round loss to the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Smith threw for a career-best 154 first-quarter yards in leading his team to a 14-0 lead, including a 13-yard score to Travis Kelce. Kelce went down with a concussion in the second quarter, however, and the Kansas City offense largely stalled after that, though Smith did give the team a 21-3 lead with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson three seconds before halftime. This was yet another disappointing postseason exit for the 33-year-old signal-caller, and his team traded up in this past draft to take quarterback Patrick Mahomes 10th overall, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Smith in a different uniform next year even though he currently has one year remaining on his deal.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
3 weeks ago

Smith is officially active but not expected to play in Sunday's season finale against the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Smith's status means he'll be in uniform and available to step in should rookie Patrick Mahomes suffer an injury, but that projects to be the only scenario under which he'd see the field.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
3 weeks ago

Patrick Mahomes will start in place of Smith in Sunday's regular season finale against the Broncos, the Kansas City Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mahomes, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, is being groomed as Smith's successor, but his assignment Sunday does not signify a changing of the guard. Rather, with the Chiefs locked into the AFC's No. 4 playoff seed, they'll give the rookie signal-caller some valuable game experience, while Smith will be rested in advance of the first round of the NFL playoffs. Assuming he's not unexpectedly pressed into action in Week 17, Smith with finish the 2017 season with 4,042 passing yards, plus 355 rushing yards and a TD on 60 carries, to go along with a nifty 26:5 TD:INT ratio.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
4 weeks ago

Smith completed 25 of 39 passes for 304 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 29-13 win over the Dolphins. He also gained 13 yards on four rushes.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was efficient spreading the ball around, as he connected with seven different pass catchers on an afternoon in which the Chiefs clinched their second straight AFC West crown. The veteran signal caller was able to connect with Tyreek Hill downfield on multiple occasions, and he was able to eclipse the 300-yard mark through the air for the second time in the last four games in the process. Smith has also been taking care of the ball particularly well throughout December, as he's now generated a 7:1 TD:INT ratio over the last four games. With the division title now in hand, Smith will now try to help Kansas City secure a home playoff game by toppling the Broncos in Week 17.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
1 month ago

Smith completed 23 of 30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 30-13 win over the Chargers. He also gained 13 yards on three carries.

EDGE Analysis

Smith completed an impressive 77 percent of his passes, posting 7.7 yards per attempt while connecting with seven different receivers. His two touchdown passes couldn't have been more different -- a 64-yard deep ball to Tyreek Hill in the second quarter and a three-yard dump off to Kareem Hunt in the third. Smith had a 5:4 TD:INT over the previous four games as his team went 1-3, but this bounce-back effort was crucial in a divisional matchup with playoff implications. Seemingly back on track, the veteran will face off with a middling Dolphins defense next week.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
1 month ago

Smith completed 20 of 34 passes for 268 yards and an interception while rushing five times for 24 yards in Sunday's 26-15 win over Oakland.

EDGE Analysis

Smith was kept out of the end zone for the second time in four weeks, but he'll gladly trade the lack of personal accolades for a team victory to stay atop the AFC West. With the defense and running game dominating en route to a 26-0 lead through three quarters, Smith simply wasn't asked to do much in this one. The veteran quarterback has a pair of elite receiving weapons at his disposal in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but his recent inconsistency has been maddening for fantasy owners.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
2 months ago

Smith completed 19 of 33 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns while adding a 70-yard run in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

Smith threw a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to Travis Kelce from 22 and 36 yards out for a quick 14-0 lead. The mobile quarterback set up a second-quarter field goal with a 70-yard run and tied the game 24-24 with a 79-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill in the third before hitting Hill again for a 40-yard score to take the lead in the fourth. Another 40-yard completion to Hill allowed Smith to work the ball down to New York's 19-yard line, but three consecutive incompletions resulted in a turnover on downs which pushed Kansas City's losing streak to four.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
2 months ago2 Comments

The Chiefs plan to stick with Smith as their starting quarterback for the final five games of the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "My understanding is that it is not off the table that we will see [backup quarterback] Patrick Mahomes later this season at some point," Rapoport said Sunday on the NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" program. "However, the Chiefs' plan as it stands right now is to have Patrick Mahomes take a redshirt season. They plan to have Alex Smith [be] their quarterback for the rest of the year." They believe it's more physical mistakes than anything and they hope and think that the offense will respond.

EDGE Analysis

Though Smith's downturn in performance has played a significant part in the Chiefs' 1-5 slide following a 5-0 start to the season, Rapoport notes that the team has experienced more wide-ranging problems with the offense beyond the quarterback, with the run game and offensive line in particular not playing up to par. Mahomes, a 2017 first-round pick who impressed in the preseason, could get a look if the team falls out of playoff contention, but it appears the Chiefs remain confident that Smith can improve his play down the stretch and help the team hold off the Chargers for the AFC West title or secure a wild-card spot.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
2 months ago13 Comments

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reiterated Monday that Smith would remain the team's starting quarterback Week 13 against the Jets, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "Alex is my guy," Reid said.

EDGE Analysis

The Chiefs took their fifth loss in six games -- including their third in a row -- Sunday against the Bills, with Smith submitting another lackluster outing (23-for-36 for 199 yards, one touchdown and one interception) in the process. Though first-round pick Patrick Mahomes could be the long-term heir to the starting role, it appears Reid isn't eager to turn to the inexperienced rookie while the Chiefs still maintain a one-game lead in the AFC West. Smith, who completed a remarkable 76.6 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns against no interceptions during the Chiefs' 5-0 start, has since taken a dramatic step back, but hasn't been completely disastrous during the 1-5 slide. He's posted a 63 percent completion rate, 7.0 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns and four picks over the past six contests.

Alex Smith
QB KC (10)
2 months ago

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he never considered removing Smith during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Bills and won't make a change at quarterback for Week 13 against the Jets, ESPN.coms' Adam Teicher reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reid seemed to hint that he doesn't blame Smith for the Chiefs' slumping offense, though there's no denying that the quarterback had a big part in Sunday's loss, as his game-sealing interception was the product of a terrible decision. Smith completed 63.9 percent of his passes and didn't commit any other turnovers, but he mustered only 199 yards from 36 attempts (5.5), bringing his shortcomings from previous seasons to mind. Of course, Kansas City's reversion to a dink-and-dunk passing game wouldn't be nearly as much of an issue if Kareem Hunt and the rushing attack weren't also pulling a disappearing act. The rookie has gone four straight games without a 20-yard gain, leaving Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill as the only reliable weapons in the Kansas City offense. Given this reality, Reid doesn't seem inclined to turn to rookie first-round pick Patrick Mahomes this season unless Smith suffers a complete meltdown. The 33-year-old has a nice opportunity for a late-season rebound, with a Week 13 trip to the Meadowlands followed by home games against the Raiders (Week 14), Chargers (Week 15) and Dolphins (Week 16).