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Alfonso Smith | Running Back

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
College: Kentucky
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49ers signed RB Alfonso Smith.
With Kendall Hunter (torn ACL) and LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) going down over the weekend, the 49ers needed some depth at running back. Smith, 27, has 48 career carries for 156 yards (3.2 YPC) and two touchdowns across 43 games for the Cardinals. He faces long odds at making the roster. Jul 28 - 9:27 PM

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The Cardinals are not expected to tender restricted free agent Alfonso Smith.

Smith opened the season as the Cardinals' No. 3 running back, but was eventually reduced to a special teams role and will likely become a free agent. Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Ryan Williams are all set to return.
Mar 8 - 10:06 PM

Alfonso Smith caught four passes for 30 yards in Arizona's Week 7 loss to the Seahawks.

He didn't notch a carry in the running game. Third on the depth chart, Smith has just 17 total touches since Week 1. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:43:00 AM

Alfonso Smith was held without a touch in Arizona's Week 4 win over the Bucs.

Arizona's three-man committee was cut down to two on Sunday. Smith's snaps were in the single digits. A special teamer at heart, Smith's fantasy "moment in the sun" has likely already come and gone.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Alfonso Smith rushed three times for 27 yards with a touchdown and added a 7-yard reception in Sunday's Week 3 loss to the Saints.

Smith was the third running back to get a chance Sunday, behind starter Rashard Mendenhall and rookie Andre Ellington. But he impressively bounced off would-be tacklers for a 21-yard gain in the first quarter and stayed in to secure a 3-yard touchdown. Still, Smith, is behind Ellington for passing-back duties. We wouldn't waste a waiver add on him.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith rushed three times for one yard and caught a five-yard pass in Sunday's Week 2 win over Detroit.

Straight-line grinder Smith took a backseat to Andre Ellington a week after rushing ten times against the Rams, but managing only 26 yards. He's a non-factor in both real life and fantasy. Smith's strength is special teams.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Alfonso Smith played on 27 offensive snaps in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Rams.

In an effort to keep Rashard Mendenhall healthy (35 snaps), the Cardinals featured Smith as part of a committee. He played well ahead of rookies Andre Ellington (8) and Stepfan Taylor (0). A 2010 undrafted free agent out of Kentucky, Smith now has totaled 40 NFL carries for just 128 yards (3.20 YPC). He's a very weak standalone play and wouldn't carry a full workload if Mendy went down.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Backing up Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards in Arizona's Week 1 loss to the Rams.

Smith got out-touched just 17-10 by Mendenhall, but took the ball farther than two yards only five times. Coach Bruce Arians appears committed to a committee approach in the backfield, but Smith failed to lock himself in as the No. 2. It's possible rookie Stepfan Taylor will get some looks in Week 2 after going without a touch this afternoon.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Alfonso Smith would be the Cardinals' No. 2 tailback in Week 1 at St. Louis.

Arians considers his backfield "rotational" and "situational," with Rashard Mendenhall as the lead back. There has been speculation Stepfan Taylor will vulture goal-line and short-yardage carries, and Ryan Williams is also in the mix. This is going to be a major headache situation for Mendenhall's fantasy owners.
Fri, Sep 6, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Alfonso Smith to a one-year, $555,000 contract.

Smith appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals last season, mainly on special teams. He'll do the same this season, if he makes the squad.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 01:17:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Alfonso Smith.

Beat writer Kent Somers says Smith's signing "is perhaps an indication that [Beanie] Wells won't be able to play on Sunday, or maybe longer." Wells is dealing with turf toe. Smith will slide in behind Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell if Beanie is indeed sidelined.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 10:48:00 AM

Cardinals waived or released RB Alfonso Smith, OG Russ Hochstein, WR DeMarco Sampson, TE Steve Skelton, TE Martell Webb, WR Isaiah Williams, OT D.J. Young and C Scott Wedige.

Smith lost out to William Powell, who entered the week as the preseason rushing leader, for the final tailback spot.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 08:13:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Alfonso Smith to a one-year, $465,000 contract.

Smith was forced into Arizona's No. 2 back job for a spell last season after Ryan Williams' torn patella. Smith has respectable size and speed, but there is zero wiggle to his game and he doesn't break tackles. He wound up averaging 3.40 yards per carry and falling back down the depth chart by season's end. Smith will have to battle for a roster spot this summer.
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 09:16:00 AM

Alfonso Smith is expected to start in Week 8 if Beanie Wells (knee) can't go.

Smith is a 2010 undrafted free agent out of Kentucky and replacement-level talent at best. With Wells sidelined in Week 3, Smith rushed 17 times for 54 yards and added three catches for 21 yards. That's about the ceiling of what we'd expect against the Ravens this week, especially after coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "It will be a little bit of back-by-committee," when asked about replacing Wells. LaRod Stephens-Howling and Chester Taylor will also get work.
Tue, Oct 25, 2011 09:40:00 AM

Alfonso Smith rushed for 17 yards and a touchdown on five carries after replacing injured Beanie Wells in Week 7.

Smith coasted into the end zone from a yard out in the second quarter, after Wells sprained his knee. Wells' injury could be a multi-week situation. While Smith is more of a straight-line athlete than complete NFL running back, he'll be worth grabbing in fantasy leagues this week as the favorite for Cardinals goal-line carries. Unfortunately, Smith has the Ravens on tap in Week 8. He does get the Rams after that, though.
Sun, Oct 23, 2011 07:58:00 PM

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