Irv Smith

Irv Smith

25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Kansas City Chiefs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
A once-promising tight end early in his career with the Vikings, Smith never really developed and was allowed to walk following the expiration of his rookie deal. He made a one-year stop in Cincinnati last season, resulting in his worst output to date with just 18 grabs for 115 yards and a touchdown over 12 games. Smith sports $384,000 in guaranteed money for 2024, which seemingly works in his favor, but he'll still need to earn a 53-man roster spot with Noah Gray and rookie Jared Wiley also vying for spots on the depth chart behind Travis Kelce. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a one-year, $1.29 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2024.
Joining Super Bowl champs
TEKansas City Chiefs
March 12, 2024
Smith agreed to a one-year deal with Kansas City on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Smith was limited to 18 catches on 26 targets for 115 yards and one TD over 12 regular-season games with the Bengals last season, but the 2019 second-rounder does have some bounce-back potential as a pass-catcher. As long as top tight end Travis Kelce is healthy though, Smith doesn't have a path to steady target volume with Kansas City.
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How do Irv Smith's 2023 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
9.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.35
 
% Team Air Yards
3.0%
 
% Team Targets
4.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
4.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
69.2%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.6
 
% Targeted On Route
12.1%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.53
 
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#% of Team Snaps

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How often does Irv Smith run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Irv Smith and the other tight ends for the Chiefs are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Irv Smith
215 routes   26 targets
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68%
293 routes   41 targets
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488 routes   121 targets
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Irv Smith's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
240 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.33 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.32 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
110 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.50 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Team could add competition
TECincinnati Bengals
May 10, 2023
Director of college scouting Mike Potts said the Bengals are still looking into bolstering their tight end room, hinting that Smith could face increased competition for playing time, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic. "There are some tight ends still out there we can continue to address the position," Potts added. "The roster for the 2023 Cincinnati Bengals is by no means set right now."
ANALYSIS
Smith currently tops the depth chart, ahead of Drew Sample. Cincinnati chose not to add a tight end in a deep draft at the position, but Potts said the Bengals would have considered drafting one had they been able to trade back and acquire another pick.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Smith is set to be the third starting tight end in the last three seasons for the Bengals after signing a one-year deal in March. Hayden Hurst had 52 catches for 414 yards and two touchdowns on 68 targets (13 games) while filling that role in 2022, after C.J. Uzomah caught 49 passes for 493 yards and five TDs on 63 targets in 2021. Smith could approach Hurst's handful of targets per game, though star quarterback Joe Burrow figures to prioritize wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd over his tight end. Staying on the field has been a challenge for Smith, who played 29 games his first two seasons with the Vikings but just eight games the past two years. A meniscus tear cost Smith the entire 2021 season, and he battled injuries to his thumb and ankle in 2022. His career highs in yardage and touchdowns came back in 2020, when the 2019 second-round pick had 365 yards and five TDs.
After scoring five touchdowns in a part-time role in 2020, Smith was expected to ascend to the top of Minnesota's tight end depth chart last season. He suffered a meniscus injury during preseason, however, that sidelined him for the rest of the year. In Smith's absence, Tyler Conklin caught 61 of 87 targets for 593 yards and three touchdowns, proving there's still room for a moderately successful pass-catching tight end in a Vikings offense with Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen on the outside and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Notably, Conklin's 16 red- zone targets tied for eighth among tight ends. Conklin subsequently signed with the Jets, creating an opening for Smith to step in as the unquestioned starter - something that had been expected prior to his knee injury. Smith made it back for training camp, but he then injured his finger and required surgery in early August. The Vikings expect him back for Week 1, though it may not be a sure thing.
Between his strong finish last year and Kyle Rudolph's departure this offseason, Smith seemed well positioned for a Year 3 breakout in 2021. The Alabama product isn't an elite athlete in terms of workout stats, though a 4.63 40 and 32.5-inch vertical are nothing to scoff at, particularly for a guy who was 20 years old at the 2019 combine. Age is another selling point, as Smith turned 23 in August but already has 14 NFL starts and 1,157 offensive snaps to his name. That's especially impressive at tight end, where even top prospects often are eased into the league in part-time roles. Unfortunately, Smith's ascent to fantasy relevance will be delayed, with a meniscus injury in late August requiring surgery that's expected to be season-ending. The Vikings are left with Tyler Conklin, Chris Herndon and Brandon Dillon at tight end.
Rookie tight ends are supposed to drop passes, miss blocks, commit penalties and run poor routes. The Vikings are glad nobody sent the memo to Smith, a 2019 second-round pick who turned 21 a month before Week 1. The Alabama product stepped right in as the No. 2 TE behind Kyle Rudolph, averaging 38.3 snaps per game in an offense that used multiple tight ends on 55 percent of its plays (second highest rate in the league). Rudolph maintained his three-down role for most of the year and scored six touchdowns, but he also saw 77 snaps as a pass blocker, compared to only 21 for Smith. Rudolph finished with small advantages in routes (361 to 322), targets (48 to 47), catch rate (83.0 to 76.6), aDOT (6.5 to 5.8) and YAC average (4.9 to 4.1), with both tight ends serving as reliable but nonexplosive options for Kirk Cousins. The difference, of course, is that Smith is a young guy with 4.63 speed, while the 30-year-old Rudolph ran a 4.78 40 at his pro day nine years ago. By the end of last season, it was often Rudolph rather than Smith coming off the field on third downs. The trend figures to continue in 2020, and with rookie Justin Jefferson replacing Stefon Diggs at wide receiver, there's a nice opportunity for Smith to emerge as Option B or C in the Minnesota passing game.
Although Smith's Alabama resume didn't match up with O.J. Howard's, the Vikings thought highly enough of Smith to select him with the 50th overall selection. Smith gets marks for pedigree - his father was an NFL tight end in the 90s - and he was considered the best pass-catching tight end in the talent-rich SEC last year. Minnesota isn't expected to keep Kyle Rudolph much longer, it's just a matter of whether or not Rudolph is jettisoned before the 2019 season. It's a mistake to expect Smith to rip up the league right away, especially since he turns 21 right before the season, but he'll probably settle in as a Minnesota staple in the next couple of years. He has interesting upside.
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Healthy scratch again
TECincinnati Bengals
Coach's Decision
January 7, 2024
Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.
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Scratched Saturday in Pittsburgh
TECincinnati Bengals
Coach's Decision
December 23, 2023
Smith (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Steelers.
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Two catches against former team
TECincinnati Bengals
December 19, 2023
Smith recorded two catches for 18 yards on three targets in Saturday's 27-24 overtime win over the Vikings.
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Not targeted in win
TECincinnati Bengals
December 12, 2023
Smith failed to draw a single target in Sunday's 34-14 win over the Colts.
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Two grabs in loss
TECincinnati Bengals
November 29, 2023
Smith secured both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.
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