Smith’s last appearance with the Saints was in the Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game he was targeted twice, catching one pass for 25 yards. He was only able to play 24 snaps before leaving with his lower leg injury. There was concern about how soon or even if at all he’d be coming back this season after a photo of his leg cast was posted on his Instagram story.
This was from Tre’Quan Smith’s IG account. pic.twitter.com/hhhtf6qPhJ— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) December 24, 2020
The 2018 third-round selection has put together some of the best numbers of his career thus far in just 14 games this season. He has career highs in catches (34) and yards (448) and finished one shy of his 2018 and 2019 touchdown marks with four.
He caught one of his four touchdowns in the Saints’ last matchup with the Bucs in Week 9. A toe-tapping catch off of a floater to the back of the end zone for 14 yards.
Smith’s activation is one of eight roster moves the Saints made on Saturday. In addition to his return the Saints:
- Moved OL Will Clapp to Reserve/COVID-19 list
- Elevated LB Chase Hansen and OL Cameron Tom from the practice squad
- Signed K Blair Walsh and LS John Denney to practice squad
- Terminated the practice squad contracts of WR Tommylee Lewis and DE Anthony Zettel
Tre’Quan Smith’s return helps a ton in the passing game both as a receiver contested catch situations and in protection and helps in the run game as a blocker from the perimeter/slot. Saints head coach Sean Payton described Smith’s contributions earlier in the season:
He is one of those players that will make a catch in traffic that a lot of guys may necessarily not have the same appetite for.
This will be the healthiest the Saints offense has looked all season. Especially if QB Taysom Hill and RB Latavius Murray end up playing. Both are currently listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game.
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