Atlanta Falcons fans are used to seeing Antone Smith break off big plays. Remember, he scored five touchdowns of 38-plus yards last season and averaged a whopping 51 yards per scoring play. But Smith's big-play ability has been in hibernation ever since he broke his leg last November at Carolina.
Friday's practice at Buford High School sure made it look like Smith was back to his old self, even if he didn't want to admit it.
"I'm getting there," Smith said. "I'm right where I need to be at this time right now."
Smith has been the forgotten man in running back rotation with so much emphasis on the competition between likely starter Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman. But with both Freeman and Coleman likely sidelined the next two weeks with hamstring strains, Smith should be featured more in practice.
The Falcons opted to let undrafted rookie Terron Ward immediately take first-team reps following the injuries to Freeman and Coleman. Maybe it's because the coaches just want to give the younger guys more work, the story said. But, Smith may not be a bell cow type of back despite having the potential to bust off big plays. However that skill set is a risk for fantasy lineups, perhaps outside of very deep leagues. Smith isn't even getting drafted and is ranked 61st on our list of RBs.