When Saints insider Nick Underhill joined The Fantasy Fullback Dive last week, he couldn’t stop gushing about rookie wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith. Underhill described him as a player who, “runs the whole route tree, he can get deep, he can make contested catches.” Those attributes were on display Saturday night when he caught all four of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown. Through his first three preseason games, the rookie has totaled an impressive 11-147-1 statline that has the fantasy community circling him on their respective Penny Stock lists.
Although Smith is currently playing behind veteran Ted Ginn and will likely start off the season behind free agent acquisition (and RSJ favorite) Cam Meredith, Smith has a legit chance to win the No. 2 WR job behind the studly Mike Thomas. Underhill really stressed the fact that Tre’Quan has been making highlight plays throughout camp, and even though he hasn’t been consistent since day one of camp, his potential is limitless and he could easily win that spot.
Since the starters will likely sit during Preseason Week 4, Smith has to continue to make plays in practice and ball out in the finale with the backups. Underhill stated that “Tre’Quan and Cam [Meredith] are in direct competition together.” Meaning if Meredith can’t get out of the tub, Smith will get his chance to shine as the second notch of the Saints ‘Target Totem Pole.’ Listen to the full interview with Underhill, here.