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Alfonso Smith | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
College: Kentucky
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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

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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

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers notes that Alfonso Smith looked "quicker and more authoritative" than Chester Taylor in Week 3 spot duty.

With Beanie Wells out, Taylor started against the Seahawks but the Cards quickly turned to the younger and faster Smith, who left a "positive impression." According to Somers, Smith "might have won the backup job" going forward.
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 08:16:00 AM

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9Adam Weber
10Nate Enderle
11John Parker Wilson
12Ryan Katz
13Colby Cameron
14Kyle Padron
15James Vandenberg
16Mike Hermann
17Nathan Stanley
18Dalton Williams
19Matt Brown
20Caleb TerBush
21Tim Jenkins
22Dayne Crist
23Pat White
24Collin Klein
25Alex Carder
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Jamie Harper
8Isaac Redman
9Jalen Parmele
10Lance Ball
11Brandon Saine
12Shaun Draughn
13Terrance Ganaway
14Zach Brown
15D.J. Harper
16Jordan Roberts
17Jawan Jamison
18Stefphon Jefferson
19Deonte Williams
20Quentin Hines
21De'Leon Eskridge
22Armond Smith
23Javarris James
24Darren Evans
25Damien Berry
26Richard Murphy
27William Powell
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2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
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2D.J. Ware
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2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Brit Miller
7Braden Wilson
8Owen Marecic
9Dorson Boyce
10Owen Schmitt
11Ben Bartholomew
12Ryan Roberson
13Jonathan Amosa
14Rupert Bryan
15Eddie Williams
16Jon Hoese
17Ben Guidugli
18Nate Eachus
19Jourdan Brooks
20Devonte Campbell
21Ryan D'Imperio
22Brock Bolen
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3Earl Bennett
4Titus Young
5Jabar Gaffney
6Devery Henderson
7Greg Childs
8Richard Goodman
9Ben Obomanu
10Brian Tyms
11Kevin Hardy
12LaRon Byrd
13Keenan Davis
14Taulib Ikharo
15Robby Toma
16Carlin Isles
17Marcus Jackson
18Roy Roundtree
19Nicholas Johnson
20Jeremy Kelley
21Sederrick Cunningham
22Zach Rogers
23David Gilreath
24Matt Willis
25Brett Swain
26Chaz Schilens
27Anthony Armstrong
28Charly Martin
29Johnathan Haggerty
30Emmanuel Arceneaux
31Jordan White
32Courtney Roby
33Diondre Borel
34Chastin West
35Julius Pruitt
36Mardy Gilyard
37Cole McKenzie
38Jamal Miles
39Rashad Evans
40Sam McGuffie
41Tyrone Goard
42Bert Reed
43Brandon Carswell
44Joseph Anderson
45Erik Highsmith
46Chip Reeves
47Terrell Sinkfield
48Jheranie Boyd
49Eric Rogers
50Rashaad Carter
51Demetrius Fields
52Scott Pillar
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3Braylon Edwards
4Kerry Meier
5Chad Hall
6Brian Robiskie
7Mohamed Massaquoi
8Donald Jones
9Jordan Shipley
10Brandon Banks
11Raymond Radway
12Darius Hanks
13Derek Hagan
14Steve Breaston
15Donte' Stallworth
16Robert Gill
17Brandon Collins
18Tray Session
19Martel Moore
20Michael Jenkins
21David Ball
22Devin Aromashodu
23David Douglas
24Jeff Fuller
25Nicholas Edwards
26Duke Calhoun
27Naaman Roosevelt
28Jarett Dillard
29Tim Toone
30Terrence Austin
31Deon Butler
32Roberto Wallace
33Bobby Sewall
34Ronald Johnson
35Perez Ashford
36Jason Thompson
37Omarius Hines
38Anthony Amos
39R.J. Webb
40Andrew Helmick
41Michael Calvin
42Taveon Rogers
43Dale Moss
44Devin Goda
45Early Doucet
46Patrick Crayton
47Rodrick Rumble
48Andrew DePaola
49Jerry Johnson
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2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
4Earl Bennett
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2Randy McMichael
3Leonard Pope
4Tony Scheffler
5David Thomas
6Kevin Boss
7Aaron Hernandez
8Tommy Gallarda
9Daniel Graham
10Billy Bajema
11Jamie Childers
12Steve Watson
13Dallas Walker
14Ben Cotton
15David Rolf
16Joe Sawyer
17Dominique Curry
18Visanthe Shiancoe
19Colin Cloherty
20Dan Gronkowski
21Martin Rucker
22Richard Quinn
23Hayden Smith
24Nelson Rosario
25Brody Eldridge
26Dedrick Epps
27Jamie McCoy
28Tim Biere
29Cameron Graham
30Alex Silvestro
31Jake O'Connell
32Evan Moore
33Isaiah Stanback
34Dominique Jones
35Evan Landi
36Taylor Cook
37Travis Tannahill
38Chase Clement
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3Havard Rugland
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5Morgan Lineberry
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8Jose Maltos
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