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Alex Smith | Retired QB

Date of Birth:  05/07/1984
Age:  38
Height  6'4"
Weight:   217
College:  Utah
Drafted:  2005 | Round 1 | Pick 1
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Alex Smith | Retired QB


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Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith is retiring from the NFL.

In a video posted to Instagram, Smith announced that he is retiring after 16 seasons in the league. Smith's career ends with 35,650 passing yards, 199 passing touchdowns, 109 interceptions, and 580 carries for 2,604 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. His career started in a tough situation with the Niners after he was taken first overall in 2005, but he developed into legitimately one of the game's best quarterbacks in the middle and late parts of his career, and he was 99-67-1 as a starter (38-36-1 with the Niners, 50-26 with the Chiefs, and 11-5 with Washington). Smith won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 after making a miraculous return from a devastating leg injury suffered in 2018, and his comeback will be a timeless display of strength and perseverance. Also, Smith will be remembered in Kansas City for being instrumental in the Chiefs progressing into eventual Super Bowl champions, as he helped them become a respected and highly competitive team when he joined the franchise along with Andy Reid in 2013. In his retirement announcement, Smith said when he was first injured, he was at first thinking whether it was worth it to get hurt for a game—but he says football is more than a game. It's not a stretch to say Smith is one of the most inspirational figures in NFL history, and he'll be great in whatever he does next. Congratulations to him on a great career.

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Washington has officially released Alex Smith.

This was the expectation despite the veteran going 5-1 as the starter last year after a miraculous return to the field, and Smith is said to still want to play in 2021. The strong crop of rookies passers (five signal-callers could realistically go in the top ten picks) could make it difficult for the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year to find a clear starting job, but he should at least get a shot somewhere. With a 80-36-1 record since 2011, Smith is simply a winner that numerous teams should be checking into this month.

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Alex Smith and Washington are expected to part ways, according to NFL Network.

Smith's truly remarkable comeback in which he came all the way back from a devastating leg injury to win the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award after leading the Football Team to a 5-1 record and the postseason last year, but the journey won't continue in Washington. We would think Washington will just let Smith go so that he can sign with any team he wants, and it'll be interesting to see where the veteran quarterback lands. Smith clearly wants a starting job, and there are some openings this offseason.

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Alex Smith (calf) will not play in the Wild Card Round.

This is really unfortunate, but Smith's calf simply hasn't been responding after he toughed it out last week and helped Washington clinch the NFC East. Smith will now hope Taylor Heinicke can lead the team, and perhaps he can get in position to potentially play in the Divisional Round. Regardless of what happens, Smith's return to the field has been admirable. After going 5-1 as Washington's starter, Smith will win Comeback Player of the Year with ease.

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Alex Smith (calf) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game.

Smith played through the calf issue last week in Washington's win over the Eagles, but he was clearly well less than 100%, and head coach Ron Rivera has alluded to a potential rotation at quarterback. If Smith is unable to go altogether, Taylor Heinicke would draw the start for the Football Team.

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Multiple reports: Alex Smith (calf) will start tonight.

Smith was reportedly set to play barring a setback this morning, but now the full expectation is that the veteran quarterback will be out there tonight against the Eagles. This is not a surprise for a win-and-in scenario, and it's great news for Washington. The NFL's likely Comeback Player of the Year will look to add to his epic return to football following his devastating leg injury suffered in 2018 by leading his team to the postseason.

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Alex Smith (calf) is officially questionable for Week 17.

Smith appears to be trending in the right direction more consistently this week, and we expect that he will be out there for a must-win game Sunday night against the Eagles. However, with Washington playing in the final game of the regular season, Smith's status might not be certain until Sunday evening.

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Alex Smith (calf) is officially inactive for Washington.

Optimism regarding Smith’s status faded late in the week, and he’ll miss his second consecutive game. Dwayne Haskins will again start for Washington as they look to clinch the NFC East.

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Alex Smith (calf) is questionable for Week 16.

It sounds like Smith will be able to suit up after getting in a full practice on Friday, but how he responds over the next day or so could determine his status. With top receiver Terry McLaurin (ankle) listed as doubtful, Smith's ceiling would take a definite hit as a low-end QB2.

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Alex Smith (calf) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Dwayne Haskins will draw the start for Washington, which is a slight downgrade across the board for their entire skill-position group. The team is going to rely on the second-year quarterback to take care of the ball this weekend as they look to win their fifth game in a row, and hopefully Smith is healthy enough to return in Week 16 after more time to rest.

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Alex Smith is dealing with a calf strain, according to multiple reports.

Smith's injury is being described as "minor" after X-rays were negative, which is great to hear. The veteran quarterback should have a good chance to be ready for Week 15 against the Seahawks.

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Alex Smith (leg) is questionable to return.

Smith headed to the locker room at the end of the first half after being worked on some, and Dwayne Haskins is now in at quarterback. With the issue being with the leg he previously injured, we are obviously hoping that it’s more of a precautionary move, and not being ruled out is probably a good sign.

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Ron Rivera confirms that Alex Smith will be Washington's starting quarterback.

Rivera says that Washington is in the thick of the NFC East race and will stick with Smith as its starting quarterback with Kyle Allen (leg) likely done for the season. Smith's inspirational comeback and story continue, and pretty much everyone will be rooting for him to play well throughout the rest of this season.

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Alex Smith will be the backup quarterback for Washington in Week 5, according to NFL Network.

This is another milestone in a remarkable comeback story for the veteran signal-caller, as he's obviously healthy enough to take the field and will be suited up behind new starter Kyle Allen on Sunday. Ideally, Washington will have Allen play well enough to keep the starting job, but Smith may end up making starts in 2020 with the NFC East looking wide open. This news means Dwayne Haskins is the No. 3 for Washington and will likely be a healthy inactive.

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Alex Smith (leg) has been fully cleared by the Washington Football Team, according to NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay.

Smith was already cleared for football activity from his surgical team, but the Washington Football Team has now also fully cleared the veteran quarterback. This means that the team is comfortable with Smith taking full contact, and he should be coming off the PUP list soon. The situation in Washington now becomes very interesting, as Smith is set to compete with Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen for the starting quarterback job. Smith was one of the game's top quarterbacks for his last several healthy years before his devastating leg injury in 2018, and he should not be counted out of winning Washington's starting job and having a ton of success moving forward. Whatever happens, it's been a truly amazing comeback.

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Ron Rivera says Alex Smith can be in Washington's quarterback competition.

Rivera is speaking to reporters this morning, and he says "I can envision" Smith being a part of the quarterback competition during training camp. Rivera says that Smith has "looked very fluid, he really has", but added that the veteran quarterback needs to be able to prove he can protect himself coming off a very serious leg injury. Washington's new head coach also said there is not a deadline for when Smith must be fully cleared to enter the quarterback competition during camp. On field training won't ramp up for a couple of weeks, and we'd think Smith will have a legit shot to be Washington's Week 1 starter if he can get full clearance by then. Regardless, it's a great story, and it sounds like Washington will have a wide-open quarterback competition this summer whether it's between just Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen or with Smith also in the mix.

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Washington has placed Alex Smith on the PUP list.

This has been the expectation from earlier today, and now it's official. Remaining on the PUP list allows Smith to work out on the side without participating in actual practice, and the veteran quarterback will also be a great presence for Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen. Smith's amazing comeback story continues, and he can be activated off the PUP and onto the roster at any time. Hopefully we see him back on the field for game action this season or the next.

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Alex Smith has been cleared for football activities, according to ESPN's Stephania Bell.

What an awesome story. Bell and ESPN have been speaking to Smith recently for a documentary "Project 11" as he comes back from his devastating tibia and fibula fracture from 2018, and Bell writes that Smith "has received clearance from his surgical team to return to full football activity." It has obviously been a long and extremely tough road for Smith, but there was a question of whether he would be able to use his leg again after the injury suffered against the Texans a couple of seasons ago. Smith will obviously have to knock off the rust and get Washington or another team to feel comfortable clearing him themselves and putting him out on the field, but he's performed like a franchise quarterback for the several previous years he's been playing. It would be awesome to see Smith suit up on Sundays again, and we're cheering for him.

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Joe Theismann says Alex Smith "will not play this year."

The former Redskins quarterback, who is still close with the franchise, appeared on Ian Rapoport's RapSheet + Friends podcast and said that Smith came "very, very close " to losing his leg after last season's injury and that he will not play in 2019. This isn't a surprise, but after Smith came close to losing his leg, it's just good that he still has it and even has a chance to eventually play football again. There was some distant optimism that Smith might be able to potentially play toward the very end of this season, but it sounds like that won't happen. Perhaps Smith can get on the practice field and/or run around a little bit by the end of the year, though. We're certainly pulling for him to make a full recovery, as should everyone.

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Alex Smith had his external fixator removed.

After eight months of having the big device attached to his leg to allow the badly-fractured leg to heal, it's awesome to hear that Smith has made enough progress to have it removed. While everyone should hope Smith can get back on the field at some point to continue his career, it's great for his quality of life in general to have the fixator removed so that he can get more back to normal. Smith still has a long way to go in his potential return to the football field, but he has the support of millions of fans after he was injured playing the game he loves last November.

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Alex Smith is expected to get the external fixator off his leg in four-to-six weeks.

Smith spoke to FOX 5 DC's Angie Goff on the "Oh My Goff Show", and he opened up a bit about the past several months. The external fixator is a special one from Siberia, and it allows Smith's bone to heal after the terrible leg fracture suffered last season against the Texans. When the fixator is off, Smith says he needs to learn to walk and run again, and he'll start with jogging. Smith says playing football again is "the plan," but he has to "conquer more steps" such as everyday things like walking and running around with his kids. Thankfully, it sounds like Smith is making better progress than expected, and perhaps he'll make a push to at least get back on the practice field toward the end of this season. The bottom line is everyone should hope Smith can get back to normal and play football again, even if it's not until 2020 or beyond.

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The Redskins do not expect Alex Smith to play in 2019, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Washington is "planning as if they won't have QB Alex Smith next season," adding that the team "will be pleasantly surprised" if he is ready. Especially after Smith was seen with his leg heavily wrapped at a recent Washington Wizards game, this isn't really a surprise. Hopefully Smith is able to recover quicker than anyone expects, but the 34-year-old looks doubtful to play in 2019. The Redskins basically must look for another quarterback this offseason, so they'll be among the teams in the market during free agency and/or the draft.

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Redskins president Bruce Allen says the team is "optimistic" Alex Smith will be able to play again.

Speaking at the Senior Bowl, Allen said Smith is moving around and is "well on his way to a recovery," adding, "We'll see how it goes. We're optimistic. If anyone can come back, it's Alex. I'm sure he wanted to shoot hoops at the game yesterday, but we'll see." Yesterday, Smith was spotted at a Washington Wizards game and had his leg very heavily wrapped, and it certainly appears like this will be a lengthy recovery, as has been expected. We just have to hope and pray the 34-year-old can get back to 100% and back on the football field, hopefully sometime in 2019. The Redskins are likely to target a young quarterback in this year's draft.

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Alex Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula.

He's getting surgery right away, so his season is unfortunately over. This is a tough break for a first-place Redskins team and their quarterback, and the Redskins will now move forward with Colt McCoy including this Thursday in a Thanksgiving matchup with the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East. Smith's season ends with 2,180 passing yards, ten passing touchdowns, five interceptions, 41 rushing attempts, 145 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in ten games. Smith wasn't quite as sharp as usual at certain points this season, but he played mistake-free football and helped get the Redskins in a good spot this late in the season. We wish Smith luck on his recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the field in 2019.

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Alex Smith suffers lower leg injury against the Texans.

Smith was just taken down on a third-down sack and appeared to suffer a very serious lower leg/ankle injury. It was one of those ugly freak injuries, and the cart is now coming out for Smith. Colt McCoy has a lot of experience in Jay Gruden's offense and will now enter the game, and it could be for a while if the injury is as bad as it looks. Smith went 12/27 for 135 yards and two interceptions along with four carries for 33 yards before leaving. We wish Smith well and hope to hear good news on his injury.

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Alex Smith throws one interception as the Redskins improve to 6-3.

Smith was 19/27 for 178 yards and one touchdown along with two carries for 16 yards against the Buccaneers, as he again avoided turnovers and helped his team bounce back from last week's loss with a win. The score was in the fourth quarter to put Washington up two scores, and it came on a play where Smith bought time in the pocket before finding Josh Doctson in the end zone. Smith is a low-upside fantasy option next week against the Texans.

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Alex Smith throws one touchdown in Redskins' loss.

Smith was 30/46 for 306 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with one carry for 22 yards against the Falcons. Smith was actually the team's leading rusher with 22 yards, so the Falcons did a great job of limiting Adrian Peterson to make Washington one-dimensional. Smith's receivers had some drops, but he also again missed some throws—but overall, he played well on a day the Redskins got blown out. Through eight games, the veteran quarterback is on pace for 3,734 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, 70 carries, 238 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns.

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Alex Smith plays well as the Redskins improve to 5-2.

Smith was 20/32 for 178 yards and one touchdown in the Week 8 victory over the Giants. He also added three carries for 13 yards. The score was on a short pass to Adrian Peterson, who broke a tackle for a seven-yard touchdown. Smith also sprinted to make a great touchdown-saving tackle after a Peterson fumble in the seven-point win. He's not putting up big numbers, but Smith continues to control the game and avoid big mistakes. Smith does have some QB1 appeal against an injured Falcons defense in Week 9, though.

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Alex Smith plays well as the Redskins get to 4-2.

Smith isn't putting up huge numbers, but he's doing what he did in both Kansas City and the end of his tenure in San Francisco: win games. Smith was 14/25 for 178 yards and one touchdown along with four carries for 16 yards in the Week 7 win against the Cowboys. The score was on a screen pass to Kapri Bibbs for 23 yards. He again wasn't ultra-accurate on his throws, including a miss on a would-be touchdown throw to Jeremy Sprinkle, but Smith is avoiding mistakes and complementing a strong running game and defense. And keep in mind, Smith is down three of his top weapons, with Chris Thompson, Jamison Crowder, and Paul Richardson all out because of injuries. Smith and the Redskins face the Giants in Week 8.

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Alex Smith, Redskins bounce back with 23-17 victory over the Panthers.

Smith was 21/36 for 163 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the win, also adding six carries for 13 yards. Washington was demolished on the road last Monday night against the Saints, but they were able to get a big one at home to take first place in the NFC East. Smith threw both his scores in the first quarter to Vernon Davis (22 yards) and Paul Richardson (two yards), and he made the most of a banged-up supporting cast. The veteran will likely be a solid QB2 option when the Cowboys come to town next Sunday.

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Alex Smith, Redskins dominated in 43-19 loss to the Saints.

Smith was 23/39 for 275 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding two carries for seven yards and another score while losing a fumble. Overall, Washington was simply dominated on a historic night for Drew Brees—who broke the all-time passing yards record for a career—and New Orleans, which was a major surprise considering they were coming off a bye week. At the season's quarter-mark, Smith is on pace for 4,168 yards, 16 touchdowns, and eight interceptions, but the touchdowns should become more frequent as the schedule softens up, starting next week against the Panthers. Consider Smith a solid QB2.

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Alex Smith, Redskins top the Packers, 31-17.

Smith was 12/20 for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also adding seven carries for 20 yards. Washington was able to ride the running game behind Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns) and play strong defense at home, but Smith got things started early with a 46-yard touchdown to Paul Richardson on the game's opening drive and then connected with Jamison Crowder on a nine-yard score over the middle in the second quarter. The Redskins head into the bye week at 2-1 and will get extra time to prepare for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Saints in Week 5. Smith will have solid upside as as streamer in that one.

 

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Redskins can't get much going in Week 2 loss.

The Colts did a great job of limiting Washington's offense, as the Redskins couldn't punch the ball into the end zone in the 21-9 loss. Alex Smith was 33/46 for 292 yards while also adding four carries for 14 rushing yards. Smith targeted Chris Thompson 14 times in the game, and they couldn't get a ton going down the field; the struggles of the running back didn't help. Smith faces the Packers in a potential shootout next week.

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Alex Smith plays great in Redskins debut.

Smith picked up right where he left off with his MVP-caliber season with the Chiefs in 2017, as he smoothly operated Jay Gruden’s offense against the Cardinals. Smith was 21/30 for 255 passing yards and two passing touchdowns, and he also added eight carries for 14 rushing yards. He did fumble a couple of times but both were recovered by Washington. Smith was given very good protection from his offensive line, and he took what the defense gave him to help his team keep moving the ball and dominate time of possession (38:03). Smith is in the QB1 mix against the Colts for Week 2.

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Alex Smith is getting a four-year contract extension with the Redskins, according to Adam Schefter.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says Smith will get $23.5 million per year with $70 million guaranteed. Smith has one year left on his deal, so this will keep him tied to the Redskins through the 2022 season. While Washington couldn't get a deal done with Kirk Cousins, they seemingly had no problem getting a long-term extension done with Smith; and frankly, Jay Gruden and the teams probably prefer Smith, who might be the league's most underrated player and has the second most wins in the NFL since 2011 (behind only Tom Brady). Smith was a big reason Kansas City turned into one of the AFC's top teams, and he'll now try to do the same with the Redskins. The trade and contract will be official at the start of the new league year on March 14.

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The Chiefs are trading Alex Smith to the Redskins, according to multiple reports.

Well it doesn't get more shocking than this, as the current season has yet to conclude, but a blockbuster trade is set to occur when the new league year begins in March—and it's been agreed to during the State of the Union Address, no less. The news was first reported by Terez Paylor of the The Kansas City Star. Kirk Cousins will clearly be playing elsewhere in 2018, and the Redskins arguably got an upgrade in Smith, who is a perfect fit in Jay Gruden's offense. It won't become official until the start of the league year, but the veteran Smith will be a huge difference-maker for Washington and the landscape of the NFC. While offensive coaches don't get much better than Andy Reid, Jay Gruden is certainly one of the best offensive minds in the league. Right now, it's difficult to get too excited about the receiving corps of the Redskins, but Smith is still a good bet to be a QB1 option in 2018.

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Alex Smith, Chiefs upset at home by Tennessee in Wild Card Round.

Smith was 24/33 for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed four times for 13 yards. In perhaps his final game with the Chiefs, Smith played about as well as he could have, but the Titans stiffed up defensively in the second half when Travis Kelce was out of the game with a concussion, outscoring Kansas City 19-0. The veteran passer didn't get much help from his receivers in terms of catching the ball or getting open, but that might not matter this offseason when the Chiefs make a decision at the quarterback position. If Smith is available via trade, other teams will likely jump at the opportunity to acquire him. Should he remain in Kansas City, Smith will be a QB1 option in 2018.

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The Chiefs are open to trading Alex Smith this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport was on NFL Network and reported what many are anticipating: that the Chiefs will part ways with Smith after the year and go with the young first-round pick Patrick Mahomes after they moved up 17 spots to get him in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, Smith had an MVP-like campaign this season, and it might be unwise to get rid of him while he's leading the team to division titles. The playoffs, starting today against Tennessee, could be huge for Smith's future in Kansas City, despite the 33-year-old playing very well in the postseason throughout his career.

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Alex Smith is not starting in Week 17.

With the Chiefs already the AFC West champs and locked into the four seed in the conference, Smith is getting a rest to end the regular season. Patrick Mahomes II will start for Kansas City, but there's obviously no danger of Smith not starting in the playoffs for his team. This was a career regular season for Smith, who threw for 4,042 yards with 26 passing touchdowns and five interceptions with a 67.% completion percentage in 15 games. On the ground, Smith had 355 yards and one touchdown on 60 rushing attempts, and he is currently the number two fantasy quarterback. There's no reason to think Smith won't play well in the postseason as he attempts to take his team to a Super Bowl for the first time.

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Alex Smith plays great in Chiefs' Week 16 win.

Smith and the Chiefs offense continues to roll heading into the postseason, as they've locked up the AFC West for the second straight year with the win against Miami. In the Christmas Eve victory, Smith was 25/39 for 304 yards and one touchdown along with four carries for 13 yards. The touchdown was on a route to the post by Travis Kelce, and it could've been a bigger game for Smith than it was. Albert Wilson dropped a deep ball that could not have been handed to him any better, and Tyreek Hill appeared to have a touchdown on a toe-tap in the end zone, but it was curiously ruled incomplete. It's possible Kansas City rests its starters in Week 17 with the division locked up, so Smith might not be an option in fantasy lineups.

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Alex Smith, Chiefs take control of AFC West with Saturday night win over the Chargers.

Smith was 23/30 for 231 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed three times for 13 yards in the 30-13 victory. Both offenses were contained in the first half besides a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill, but Kansas City was able to get going behind Kareem Hunt over the final 30 minutes to pickup a huge win. Smith's other touchdown went to Hunt, and he almost had a third that Hunt couldn't corral in the end zone. Despite the midseason struggles, the Chiefs are going to be a dangerous team if they make it to the playoffs, and Smith is playing like a legitimate MVP candidate. He will be a solid QB1 for Week 16 against the Dolphins.

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Alex Smith, Chiefs easily beat the Raiders and improve to 7-6.

Smith was 20/34 for 268 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed five times for 24 yards. Kansas City finally got Kareem Hunt and the running game going with 25 carries for the rookie, and they were able to enter the fourth quarter with a 26-0 lead before Oakland scored a couple garbage-time touchdowns. Hopefully that opens things up in a huge AFC West matchup with the Chargers on Saturday night, but Smith will probably be out of QB1 territory against one of the league's most underrated defenses.

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Alex Smith goes off, but the Chiefs lose and fall to 6-6.

During a week in which doubters were calling for rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes to start over Smith, the veteran quarterback came out and had a superb game, going 19/33 for 366 yards and four touchdowns while adding a 70-yard carry (breaking tackles and making people miss) on his lone rushing attempt of the game. The first two touchdowns were quick first-quarter scores to Travis Kelce for 22 yards and 36 yards, and then he later he Tyreek Hill on two more deep balls for scores in the game. The Chiefs did have a chance to tie the game at the end, but they stalled in Jets territory. However, it was the defense that let Kansas City down in this loss. Consider a back-on-track Smith a QB1 next week against Oakland (a team he threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns against in Week 7) for the first round of the fantasy playoffs.

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Chiefs fall to 6-5 with Week 12 loss to Buffalo.

Kansas City's offense continues to struggle, as they can't get anything going on the ground and are also struggling to move it through the air. Alex Smith was 23/36 for 199 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss, while also adding five carries for a team-high 35 yards. The touchdown was on on a bubble screen to Albert Wilson for 19 yards, and the interception was a game-sealer for the Bills on a bad decision by Smith while the team was attempting to score a go-ahead touchdown. Smith and the offense are clearly struggling right now, but they have the coaching staff to turn it around. Still, it's probably best to keep Smith out of fantasy lineups until the turnaround occurs.

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Alex Smith struggles as Chiefs lose to the Giants.

Coming off the bye, the Chiefs over the Giants was seen as the lock of the week by many, but that's why the games are played. Smith was 27/40 for 230 yards and two interceptions while adding five carries for 27 yards on the ground. This simply wasn't a great game for Smith, though the one interception came on a shuffle pass that was deflected in the air into the hands of big nose tackle Damon Harrison. Smith did have a clutch drive at the end of regulation to set Kansas City up for a game-tying field goal, but they eventually lost in overtime to lose the fourth time in five games. After the disappointing performance, Smith and the Chiefs will look to bounce back next week against Buffalo.

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Alex Smith throws first interception of the season in 28-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Smith was 25/34 for 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed five times for 19 yards. The interception came with Kansas City down two scores and trying to come back in the fourth quarter, and they are now 6-3 after a 5-0 start. Things should pick back up after the bye week when they take on the falling-apart Giants.

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Alex Smith plays mistake-free as the Chiefs defeat the Broncos.

Smith’s numbers weren’t the flashiest, but he played well and helped get the Chiefs to 5-2 on the season. Smith was 14/31 for 202 yards and a touchdown while adding four carries for 33 yards rushing in the Monday night win. Smith's touchdown was on a sluggo route to a wide-open Travis Kelce in the first quarter, and he could've had another touchdown if not for a drop in the end zone on by Demetrius Harris on a perfect throw late in the game. The veteran quarterback is now up to 16 touchdowns and no interceptions on the season, and he'll be a QB1 against Dallas in Week 9.

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Alex Smith keeps up great play but the Chiefs lose second straight.

Kansas City was in command for most of the game, but Oakland had a great fourth-quarter comeback and the Chiefs fell to 5-2. In the Thursday night loss, Smith was 25/36 for 342 yards and three touchdowns while spreading the ball to nine different receivers. Smith's first touchdown was to tight end Travis Kelce on a nice throw on a corner route to the end zone. The second was an absolutely beautiful 64-yard deep ball to speedster Tyreek Hill that could not have been placed any better. And the third was a 63-yarder on a deep pass down the middle to Albert Wilson that was tipped and nearly intercepted, but it deflected right to Wilson for the score. Overall, the veteran signal-caller continues his MVP-level play and has as many touchdown passes this season (15) as he did all of last season. He has a difficult matchup with the Broncos on Monday night in Week 8, but Smith is still a QB1 option in that game.

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Alex Smith was 19/34 for 246 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

He also rushed four times for 13 yards. Smith and the Chiefs have struggled against Pittsburgh more than any other team over the past couple years, as they're 0-3 against them, including the postseason loss in January. As for the 2017 season, Kansas City is now 5-1, and they have a quick turnaround as they take on the Raiders on Thursday night. Smith should have a bounce back against a weak secondary; he's a low-end QB1.

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Alex Smith continues MVP-like start to the season as the Chiefs improve to 5-0.

Smith was 29/37 for 324 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-point showing against the Texans. The veteran signal-caller also had 19 yards rushing on five carries. Two of Smith's touchdowns were to Charcandrick West (one for eight yards and one for four yards), and the other came on a pop pass to De'Anthony Thomas, who was ran jet motion before the snap. Throughout the game, Smith converted on third downs, as the team was 9/16 on third downs including a bunch of long conversions in the first half. It's hard to play much better than Smith is right now, who deserves a ton of credit for playing like this after the team traded up to draft his heir-apparent tenth overall. He's always been a great, underappreciated quarterback—but now he's playing as well as anyone in the NFL and is the clear MVP frontrunner through five games. Smith gets the Steelers next week and is a QB1 option while he's playing like this.

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Alex Smith plays great again to lead the Chiefs to 4-0.

Smith was 27/37 for 293 yards and a touchdown, along with seven carries for 56 yards and a rushing touchdown against the Redskins. The veteran signal-caller led a go-ahead field goal drive with under two minutes to go in a tie game, as he made a huge play when he scrambled right and threw a 37-yard dime to Albert Wilson down the field. Smith continues to play lights out, as he's completing passes at a high clip and is on pace for 4,268 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions this season. The Chiefs will look to improve to 5-0 when they face the Texans on Sunday night.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith plays efficient in 24-10 victory over the Chargers.

Smith was 16/21 for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed twice for nine yards. Kansas City is now 3-0 and alone atop the AFC West, and Smith's play is a big reason why. The Chiefs will host the Redskins on Monday Night Football in Week 4, and Smith will be a streaming option in a potentially high-scoring game.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith completes 75% of passes in Chiefs' win over the Eagles.

Smith played very well and helped move the Chiefs to 2-0 on the season, going 21/28 for 251 yards and a touchdown while also adding 21 rushing yards on four carries. It was a defensive battle for the first half, but Kansas City came out with 21 second-half points in the Week 2 victory. Smith looked good as usual, with his best throw probably coming on a 35-yard dime to Chris Conley down the sideline. He took another deep show to Tyreek Hill, but the throw was slightly outside and Hill couldn't adjust to it. Smith is an excellent QB2 option next Sunday against the Chargers in LA.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith lights up the Patriots to open the season.

On a big national stage on the kickoff game for the 2017 NFL season, Smith could not have played any better and was 28/35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns. His passes were on the money to all levels of the field, and he unleashed a couple of touchdown dimes on a 75-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill and a 78-yard strike to Kareem Hunt. Because he did this with everyone watching, hopefully people will finally stop talking about how Smith "can't throw deep." The Chiefs get a mini bye and play the Eagles in Arrowhead for Week 2, and Smith will be an excellent option for those that stream quarterbacks.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Chiefs offense struggles through the air in Week 3 of the preseason.

The pass defense of Seattle played well, limiting Smith to 7/17 for 44 yards. Albert Wilson dropped a high pass, and Travis Kelce dropped a pass over the middle, so that didn't help. Some people might overreact to this one preseason game, but Smith's job is not in jeopardy. It's possible Andy Reid decides to play him some in the Week 4 preseason game next week but probably not, as the Chiefs play the Patriots in the opening game of the season on Thursday, September 7.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith plays well again in preseason Week 2.

The Chiefs starter moved the ball on offense, going 8/9 for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals. A potentially more aggressive Smith might put up better numbers this year, but he's still going to take care of the ball better than most quarterbacks—this could make him a backend QB1 or high-end QB2 in 2017.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith leads TD drive on only series in preseason opener.

Smith's first throw against the Niners was a prompt 32-yard deep ball to new number one receiver Tyreek Hill. He also kept the drive going with a ten-yard scramble to pick up a first down. Smith was 4/6 for 48 yards overall. After the Chiefs traded up for his heir apparent Patrick Mahomes in the draft, look for the veteran starter to play with a chip on his shoulder this season, which could lead to more aggressive shots down field and more running from him. the Chiefs face the Bengals next Saturday in Week 2 of the preseason.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith expects the Chiefs to add another quarterback this offseason, and likely in the draft.

Smith is simply using common sense, as the Chiefs have three quarterbacks on their roster and have always carried four of them for offseason activities since Andy Reid has been the head coach. Unless a top passer falls and Kansas City spends a first-round pick on them, this shouldn't amount to much, and even then, Smith will be the starter in 2017. The owner of a .671 winning percentage with the Chiefs, Smith has long been one of the most under-appreciated quarterbacks in the NFL.

Chiefs lose by two to Steelers in Divisional Round.

Alex Smith was 20/34 for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Chiefs had a great start, going right down the field on their first drive, but could not get much going after that. Kansas City had a chance to tie the game after Smith drove them down the field to make it 18-16, but after a penalty on a two-point conversion, the Chiefs did not convert from the 12-yard-line. Smith will be back next season as the Chiefs' starter, and Kansas City should again be among the contending teams in the AFC.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Chiefs, Alex Smith locked up number two seed in the AFC.

Smith was 21/28 for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, along with six carries for 21 yards and a rushing touchdown. Smith rushed for a career-high five touchdowns this season on 48 carries for 134 yards. He ends the regular season with 3,502 yards (career high), 15 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a 67.1% completion percentage. Smith's eight interceptions is the most he's thrown since 2010 and his 15 touchdowns is his least since he's been in Kansas City, but Smith has been playing well and has the Chiefs in a position to make a run at a Super Bowl. They'll get a first round bye, which is a huge boost for Andy Reid teams.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith plays great; Chiefs dominate Broncos, 33-10.

Smith was 25/36 for 244 yards, one touchdown, and one interception against Denver, while adding 46 rush yards and a rush touchdown on four carries. Smith's interception came on a pass that he was hit on, otherwise it likely would have been another completion and maybe a long touchdown. The Broncos' defense had no answer for the Chiefs. Alex Smith placed the ball perfectly on mostly short passes, and he has the Chiefs offense rolling heading into Week 17 against the Chargers. If the Chiefs win and the Derek Carr-less Raiders lose, Kansas City would get the number two seed in the playoffs. They likely have the best chance at knocking off New England in the AFC.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith runs for touchdown in Chiefs 19-17 loss to the Titans.

Smith was 15/28 for 163 yards and one interception, along with four carries for 11 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a scramble to the left where Smith easily got into the endzone. The interception was a costly and rare one in the redzone, when Smith stared down Jeremy Maclin in a short post and it was picked off by LeShaun Sims. Smith is not a good fantasy option on Christmas Day against the Broncos.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith big first half enough to take first-place in AFC West.

Smith was 17/26 for 264 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 21-13 win over Oakland, with most of his damage done in the first half. He also rushed four times for three yards. The touchdown was a perfectly thrown deep ball to Tyreek Hill, and Smith completed a handful of downfield shots on Thursday night. He struggled in the second half, but the Chiefs' 21 third quarter points were all they needed. Smith was proven again and again that he's a winner, but there are better fantasy options.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith was 21/25 for 270 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 29-28 win over the Falcons.

Smith was efficient in the game, as he used Travis Kelce to pick apart the Atlanta defense. It could have been a bigger fantasy day, as he rushed just three times for negative-three yards and lost a fumble, but Kansas City fans will take the win; Eric Berry saved them with a pick-six and an interception return on the Falcons two-point conversation to go up three, and instead the Chiefs went up by one and held the lead. Kansas City takes on the Raiders this Thursday night in a potentially high-scoring game, but Smith stays off the QB1 radar.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Clutch: Alex Smith leads game-tying drive; Chiefs win in OT to improve to 8-3.

Down 24-16, Smith led the Chiefs down the field on a 67-yard drive and converted the two-point conversion to send the game to overtime. Then Smith drove them for a game-tying field goal in overtime, then for the game-winning field goal later in overtime. Smith was 26/44 for 220 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t turn the ball over and came through for his team when they needed him. This was also without number one receiver Jeremy Maclin. Smith isn’t a great fantasy option, but he is a big reason the Chiefs are legit Super Bowl contenders.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith was 24/31 for 261 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Sunday’s loss to the Bucs, adding 10 yards and a touchdown on two rushes.

Smith couldn’t take advantage of an easy matchup without Jeremy Maclin (groin) active. He connected with Travis Kelce for over 100 yards, but underthrew Tyreek Hill on a would-be deep touchdown that resulted in just a 42-yard gain. Smith shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups next week as the Chiefs take on the Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

Alex Smith | Retired QB

Alex Smith was 25/38 for 178 yards and 1 interception in the Chiefs' comeback win over the Panthers.

Down 17-3 in the 4th quarter, the Chiefs scored 17 straight points, including an Eric Berry pick-6. The offense didn't find the end zone on Sunday, but the three field goals in the final quarter were enough to get the win after Marcus Peters stripped Kelvin Benjamin to set up the game-winning field goal. Smith was missing his top target Jeremy Maclin, and the Kansas City offense couldn't take advantage of the Panthers secondary without him. The former 1st overall pick will be a decent streaming option next week against a beatable Bucs secondary, especially if Maclin (groin) returns.