Commanders must contain Jonnu Smith
Kyle Pitts is supposed to be the weekly mismatch who amasses yards and touchdowns in bunches, but the former first-overall pick is being outplayed by Jonnu Smith. A journeyman of tours with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, he is the Atlanta Falcons' leading receiver with 246 yards.
He's gained 124 of those yards after the catch, mostly while playing inside. Smith's been deployed in the slot for 81 snaps, according to Player Profiler, a position that can cause the Washington Commanders problems.
Finding the right matchup is tricky because 248-pounder Smith is big enough to body safety Kamren Curl or slot cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith's also too quick for linebackers Jamin Davis and Cody Barton.
The Commanders need whoever gets the nod to win this duel consistently and make quarterback Desmond Ridder's job tougher.