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Alex Smith | Quarterback

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Utah
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The Chiefs want Alex Smith to be a more aggressive downfield passer.
Smith has long been one of the league's most conservative passers. He only threw four passes longer than 35 yards last season. Of course, part of that was because he didn't have a go-to deep threat. Jeremy Maclin should be more than up to that task after leading the Eagles with 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns last season. Even if Smith adds the deep ball to his repertoire, we'd still expect Kansas City to lean heavily on its running game. Challenging defenses downfield isn't part of Smith's passing DNA. Jun 7 - 9:26 AM

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Alex Smith has been medically cleared for the Chiefs' offseason program.

He missed Week 17 last year with a lacerated spleen. As a 15-game starter, Smith compiled an 18:6 TD-to-INT ratio and 65.3 completion rate, the second-best percentage of his career. The addition of Jeremy Maclin and expected improvement from Travis Kelce and Albert Wilson give Smith a ceiling of high-end QB2 production this season. Smith turns 31 years old next month.
Apr 20 - 4:16 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey threw support behind Alex Smith at Dorsey's season-ending press conference Monday.

Smith infamously failed to throw a single touchdown pass to a wide receiver across 15 starts, but the Chiefs seem to have embraced his risk-averse playing style, and Smith still finished with a 65.3 completion rate and 18:6 TD-to-INT ratio before missing Week 17 with a lacerated spleen. "We’ve got to put some more pieces around him," said Dorsey. "But I think he’s lived up to what we thought he could be." Turning 31 in May, Smith is signed through 2018.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Alex Smith has been ruled out for Week 17 against the Chargers with a lacerated spleen.

Smith was hurt in Week 16, but played through it and practiced earlier this week. He went to the training staff and said he didn't feel right. The injury was revealed, and Chase Daniel is now in the saddle as the starting quarterback in an extremely important finale against San Diego. In order to make the playoffs, the Chiefs need to win and have the Texans and Ravens lose. Much like Smith, Daniel is a game manager with a weak arm and plus athleticism. Smith needs six weeks to recover and likely wouldn't be available until the Super Bowl.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 31-of-45 passes for 311 yards in Kansas City's 20-12, Week 16 loss to the Steelers.

He added two rushes for 14 yards. It was a typical Smith game, as he refused to take shots down the field, and too often tucked the ball and ran. The latter was a big part of the reason Smith was rung up for six sacks. Smith simply refuses to attempts passes into tight windows, and it cost the Chiefs big time today. On one of Smith's rare deep balls, he overshot Albert Wilson on what would have been a 65-yard touchdown. Smith avoids turnovers, but his total unwillingness to shoot for big plays makes him a hard sell at $76 million. Kansas City hosts the Chargers in a pivotal divisional game in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 18-of-30 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns Week 15 against the Raiders.

With the running game struggling early, the Chiefs opened up the playbook against what had been a solid Raiders secondary. Smith completed deep passes to both Dwayne Bowe and Albert Wilson and seemed much more willing to take deep shots than he has at any point this season. The 297 yards were the most for Smith since Week 5 of 2012 when he was a 49er. Kansas City started to open up the offense late last season, and there is a chance they are following the same script this time around. Smith will be a decent QB2 against the Steelers Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:16:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception Week 14 against the Cardinals.

Smith led the Chiefs to 390 total yards, but two costly turnovers deep in Cardinals territory limited Kansas City to only 14 points. Smith was successful targeting Travis Kelce nine times, and completed a 41-yard pass to Jason Avant that was his longest completion of the year. Smith will be a low-upside QB2 against the Raiders Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians revealed Arizona tried to trade for Alex Smith when Arians was hired in 2013.

The 49ers "quickly" said no to the Cardinals, as they weren't going to trade him within the division. It's nothing more than interesting, but it's worth pointing out on a slow Tuesday. It's hard to picture the weak-armed Smith in Arians' downfield, home run offense, but we're sure Arians would have molded the offense to fit Smith. The Chiefs later acquired Smith, while the Cardinals turned to Carson Palmer. Smith inked a four-year extension with K.C. through 2018.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 15-of-23 passes for 153 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Kansas City's Week 13 loss to the Broncos.

Smith led the Chiefs to just 194 total yards in a game that the Broncos dominated time of possession. He threw his first interception since Week 5 on a deflected pass in the third quarter. Smith is on pace for 3,152 yards and a 20:7 TD/INT ratio this season. He won't be a recommended QB2 option against the Cardinals in Week 14.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 12:09:00 AM

Alex Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 24-20, Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

He added two rushes for five yards, also committing a fumble the Chiefs recovered. It was too little, too late for Smith, who was utterly dismal for the game's first 30-40 minutes before finally mustering up the courage to take some shots downfield after the Chiefs fell behind 17-3. He found Dwayne Bowe and Travis Kelce for chunk gains, but the Chiefs couldn't hold a fragile 20-17, fourth-quarter lead. Anthony Fasano and Jamaal Charles did the work on Smith's scores. In Smith's defense, he was hurt by horrific play from his pass catchers on Kansas City's final drive, most notably from Frankie Hammond. The Chiefs desperately need to address their receiver corps this offseason. Smith will be on the QB2 map in what will likely be a high-scoring game against the Broncos in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:56:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 11-of-16 passes for 108 yards in the Chiefs' Week 11 win over the Seahawks.

Smith was in full game manager mode against the Seahawks, attempting only seven passes in the second half. Dwayne Bowe was the only wide receiver to catch a pass, and his first catch did not come until four minutes into the third quarter. Smith has 285 passing yards and zero passing touchdowns the last two weeks. He is nothing more than a back-end QB2.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 17-of-29 passes for 177 yards in Sunday's Week 10 win over the Bills.

He added four carries for 25 yards and a rushing touchdown. Smith scored on a read-option play in the fourth quarter. He was mostly limited to check downs and the short pass game. Smith was able to get Dwayne Bowe more involved this week, but has still yet to throw a touchdown to a receiver. Smith will be a back-end QB2 in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 21-of-31 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 9 win over the Jets.

Smith managed the Chiefs to a win against a Jets secondary that's struggled all year. The turnover-free performance was his sixth in eight games. One of Smith's touchdowns was a badly deflected pass that was caught by Anthony Fasano, with the other coming on a 12-yard pass to Travis Kelce in the middle of the end-zone. Smith is on pace for 3,384 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He'll be a back-end QB2 in Week 10.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 04:23:00 PM

Alex Smith (shoulder) is officially probable for Week 9.

Smith sprained his throwing shoulder last week. It's not expected to be a concern going forward. Smith practiced in full and will start against the Jets.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 06:47:00 PM

Alex Smith (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 9.

Smith was slammed to the turf by Robert Quinn on back-to-back plays late in the first half of Sunday's win over the Rams, lightly spraining his throwing shoulder. It's not a concern going forward. Smith has a dream matchup on paper this week against a Jets team that stuffs the run and gets exposed by the pass, but his conservative style caps upside. Just one of Smith's 29 pass attempts traveled more than 10 yards down the field Sunday. Smith hasn't thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver this season.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 08:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
4Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4Charcandrick West
5Keshawn Hill
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Spencer Ware
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Chris Conley
3Junior Hemingway
4Armon Binns
5Kenny Cook
WR21Albert Wilson
2Jason Avant
3De'Anthony Thomas
4Frankie Hammond
5Fred Williams
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3Richard Gordon
4James O'Shaughnessy
5Ryan Taylor
K1Cairo Santos