After his second season, it seems clear that Tre’Quan Smith likely won’t be the player the team hoped he would be. Drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Smith had a solid rookie season when he played, accruing 427 yards in 15 games, 7 of which he started.
He gave even more hope to the fanbase when he went for 10 receptions, 157 yards, and a touchdown against the Eagles in 2018. Then an injury-ridden 2019 season forced the team’s hand.
They brought in Sanders, the 49ers No. 1 receiver from a year ago. He’ll be a short-term solution. The long-term solution is unknown, but as it is looking less and less like Smith, his time in the Big Easy could come to end once his contract expires.
Smith has the talent and speed to still contribute, and this season will tell the team everything they need to know. In a position to be the No. 3 receiver and entering the year healthy, he’ll need to both stay healthy and contribute for his time in the Big Easy to not be all but over.
I’m hoping for a big season from Smith, but if not, it may be his last shot for secure position in the Big Easy.