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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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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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16Jordan Palmer
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22Keith Wenning
23Seth Lobato
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25Logan Kilgore
26Bryn Renner
27Brendon Kay
28Brett Smith
29James Franklin
30Jordan Rodgers
31Tyler Wilson
32Chase Rettig
33Tommy Rees
34Brock Jensen
35Pat White
36Trent Edwards
37John Parker Wilson
38Jerrod Johnson
39Adam Weber
40Nate Enderle
41Nick Stephens
42G.J. Kinne
43Alex Tanney
44Ryan Katz
45Colby Cameron
46Kyle Padron
47James Vandenberg
48Mike Hermann
49Nathan Stanley
50Dalton Williams
51Matt Brown
52Caleb TerBush
53Tim Jenkins
54Dayne Crist
55Tajh Boyd
56Stephen Morris
57Rusty Smith
58Collin Klein
59Alex Carder
60Keith Price
61Kory Faulkner
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2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
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5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Andre Brown
8Jalen Parmele
9BenJarvus Green-Ellis
10Jamie Harper
11LaMichael James
12Chris Rainey
13Darrin Reaves
14Stephen Houston
15Orleans Darkwa
16Brandon Saine
17D.J. Harper
18Tim Cornett
19Terrance Ganaway
20Alvester Alexander
21Jeremy Stewart
22Evan Royster
23Jewel Hampton
24Zach Brown
25Jeff Demps
26Spencer Ware
27Zurlon Tipton
28Lance Ball
29Isaac Redman
30Alex Green
31Dion Lewis
32Mikel Leshoure
33Ray Rice
34Delone Carter
35Javarris James
36Josh Vaughan
37Darren Evans
38Cierre Wood
39Stefphon Jefferson
40Michael Hill
41Ronnie Wingo
42Kendall Gaskins
43Deonte Williams
44Bradley Randle
45Quentin Hines
46De'Leon Eskridge
47Anthony Allen
48Damien Berry
49Richard Murphy
50William Powell
51Tauren Poole
52David Fluellen
53Roy Finch
54Tim Flanders
55Jordan Lynch
56George Atkinson III
57Zach Bauman
58Terrance Cobb
59Dominique Williams
60Jordan Roberts
61Orwin Smith
62Armond Smith
63Derrick Strozier
64Demitrius Bronson
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2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
5Andre Brown
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2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
4Andre Brown
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2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Tony Fiammetta
7Chris Pressley
8Brit Miller
9Ray Agnew
10Toben Opurum
11Maurice Hagens
12Roosevelt Nix
13James Baker
14Quinn Johnson
15Harvey Unga
16Owen Marecic
17Shaun Chapas
18Dorson Boyce
19Eric Kettani
20Owen Schmitt
21Greg Jones
22Evan Rodriguez
23Collin Mooney
24Braden Wilson
25Zach Boren
26Lonnie Pryor
27Jordan Campbell
28Ben Bartholomew
29Ina Liaina
30Stephen Campbell
31J.C. Copeland
32Chad Young
33Kadeem Jones
34Chad Abram
35Alex Debniak
36Ryan Roberson
37Jonathan Amosa
38Rupert Bryan
39Devonte Campbell
40Michael Zordich
41Jourdan Brooks
42Emil Igwenagu
43Nate Eachus
44Jon Hoese
45Ben Guidugli
46Eddie Williams
47Ryan D'Imperio
48Karl Williams
49Cameron White
50Nikita Whitlock
51Brock Bolen
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2Jabar Gaffney
3Laurent Robinson
4Titus Young
5Michael Preston
6Darius Johnson
7Deonte Thompson
8Julian Talley
9Lamont Bryant
10Terrence Toliver
11Greg Childs
12Kevin Hardy
13Tim Benford
14Josh Bellamy
15LaRon Byrd
16Keenan Davis
17Taulib Ikharo
18Kain Colter
19Erik Lora
20Ryan Whalen
21Jamar Newsome
22Devery Henderson
23Richard Goodman
24Ben Obomanu
25Naaman Roosevelt
26Johnathan Haggerty
27Matt Willis
28Lavelle Hawkins
29Brett Swain
30Chaz Schilens
31Brian Robiskie
32Tiquan Underwood
33Charly Martin
34Chandler Jones
35Marcus Lucas
36Travis Labhart
37Seth Roberts
38Robby Toma
39Carlin Isles
40Will Murphy
41Dan Buckner
42Roy Roundtree
43Skye Dawson
44Chad Bumphis
45Marcus Jackson
46Derek Moye
47Kamar Jorden
48Nicholas Johnson
49Emmanuel Arceneaux
50Kerry Taylor
51Jeremy Kelley
52Sederrick Cunningham
53Jordan White
54Chris Summers
55Zach Rogers
56Josh Lenz
57Javontee Herndon
58Donte Foster
59Jonathan Krause
60Colin Lockett
61Kevin Smith
62Seantavius Jones
63Andrew Peacock
64Mark Harrison
65Cole McKenzie
66Jamal Miles
67Rashad Evans
68Joseph Anderson
69Sam McGuffie
70Brandon Carswell
71T.J. Moe
72Jasper Collins
73Jeremy Ebert
74LaQuan Williams
75Diondre Borel
76Bert Reed
77Terrell Sinkfield
78Jheranie Boyd
79Eric Rogers
80Erik Highsmith
81Tyrone Goard
82Rashaad Carter
83Chip Reeves
84Demetrius Fields
85Scott Pillar
86Quintin Payton
87Wilson Van Hooser
88C.J. Goodwin
89Mike Davis
90Cody Hoffman
91Kadron Boone
92Torrence Allen
93Julius Pruitt
94Mardy Gilyard
95Jon Baldwin
96Chastin West
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3Jerome Simpson
4Anthony Armstrong
5Kerry Meier
6David Nelson
7Earl Bennett
8Donald Jones
9Clyde Gates
10Austin Pettis
11Kealoha Pilares
12Marc Mariani
13Jordan Shipley
14Jacoby Ford
15Mohamed Massaquoi
16Micheal Spurlock
17Steve Breaston
18Brandon Banks
19Raymond Radway
20Eric Page
21Brittan Golden
22Chris Givens
23Darius Hanks
24Da'Rick Rogers
25Aaron Mellette
26Robert Gill
27Donte' Stallworth
28Uzoma Nwachukwu
29Myles White
30Willie Snead
31Ryan Lankford
32Lacoltan Bester
33Jeremy Gallon
34Greg Hardin
35Eric Thomas
36Charles Hawkins
37Alex Gillett
38Fred Williams
39Nicholas Edwards
40Dominique Croom
41Emory Blake
42Nick Williams
43L'Damian Washington
44Michael Jenkins
45Martel Moore
46Lanear Sampson
47Alec Lemon
48Lamaar Thomas
49Chris Harper
50Duke Calhoun
51Chris Matthews
52Brandon Collins
53Tray Session
54David Douglas
55Dale Moss
56Jeff Fuller
57Isaiah Williams
58David Ball
59Devin Aromashodu
60David Reed
61Jarett Dillard
62Dezmon Briscoe
63Tim Toone
64Terrence Austin
65Ronald Johnson
66Roberto Wallace
67Bobby Sewall
68Early Doucet
69Deon Butler
70Darius Reynaud
71Tori Gurley
72Joe Adams
73Devon Wylie
74Marvin McNutt
75Devin Goda
76Kevin Elliott
77Jared Green
78Mike Willie
79Michael Calvin
80Taveon Rogers
81Andrew DePaola
82James Shaw
83Ryan Spadola
84Jerry Johnson
85Rodrick Rumble
86Brandon Kaufman
87Patrick Crayton
88Anthony McClung
89Omarius Hines
90Gerrard Sheppard
91Andy Cruse
92Jason Thompson
93Perez Ashford
94Weston Dressler
95Anthony Amos
96R.J. Webb
97Andrew Helmick
98Tony Washington
99Jaz Reynolds
100Austin Franklin
101Micah Hatfield
102Chris Boyd
103Jordan Harris
104Kelsey Pope
105Alex Neutz
106Geraldo Boldewijn
WR31Nate Burleson
2Jabar Gaffney
3Laurent Robinson
4Davone Bess
TE1Danny Noble
2Adam Nissley
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Matthew Mulligan
9Aaron Hernandez
10Mickey Shuler
11D.J. Williams
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14Daniel Graham
15Andrew Szczerba
16David Paulson
17Sean McGrath
18Steve Watson
19Justice Cunningham
20Jamie Childers
21Marcel Jensen
22D.J. Tialavea
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25Asa Watson
26Evan Wilson
27Anthony Denham
28Rashaun Allen
29Cameron Brate
30Matt Furstenburg
31Ben Cotton
32David Rolf
33Chris Pantale
34Emmanuel Ogbuehi
35Jacob Pedersen
36Jake Byrne
37Gerell Robinson
38Nelson Rosario
39Konrad Reuland
40Allen Reisner
41Brett Brackett
42Mike McNeill
43Hayden Smith
44Joel Dreessen
45Dan Gronkowski
46Martin Rucker
47Cameron Morrah
48Weslye Saunders
49Zach Potter
50Colin Cloherty
51Jeron Mastrud
52Steve Maneri
53Dominique Curry
54Dedrick Epps
55Tom Crabtree
56Brody Eldridge
57Nate Byham
58Ben Hartsock
59Visanthe Shiancoe
60Jamie McCoy
61Nathan Overbay
62Martell Webb
63Cameron Graham
64Travis Beckum
65Richard Quinn
66Jake O'Connell
67Evan Moore
68Isaiah Stanback
69Andre Hardy
70Michael Higgins
71Alex Silvestro
72Tim Biere
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81Rob Blanchflower
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85Colin Anderson
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6Alex Henery
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