Jonnu Smith

New England Patriots
Tight End #81
New England Patriots
Tight End #81
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Should be ready for camp

Smith (hamstring) is expected to be available when the Patriots open training camp next week, Nick O'Malley of reports.

Analysis: Smith missed most of minicamp due to his injury, but the Patriots' high profile free-agent addition is now poised to get back into the mix for training camp. His addition, along with the team's signing of Hunter Henry, effectively re-makes New England's tight end corps, with the versatile Smith destined to be a key target for whoever ends up being the franchise's starting QB in 2021.

Jul 20, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Not practicing Tuesday

Smith (hamstring) won't participate in Tuesday's minicamp practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Smith's absence doesn't come as a surprise after he sustained a left hamstring strain in the Patriots' first minicamp session Monday. The Patriots will wrap up their camp Wednesday, so it may be a challenge for Smith to gain clearance for that workout, too. He should be back to full health ahead of training camp in late July, however.

Jun 15, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Leaves practice early

Smith departed Monday's practice early due to an apparent hamstring injury and did not return, Ryan Hannable of reports.

Analysis: It was Smith's first time on the practice field in front of reporters this offseason and he dropped a couple of passes prior to his early departure. It doesn't sound as though the hamstring issue is believed to be very serious, so he could be back in on practice relatively soon. Of course, it's possible the team will take the cautious route and hold him out of the remainder of this week's minicamp, which would then push his return to training camp in July.

Jun 14, 2021 10:27 AM EST

Joined by Hunter Henry

In addition to Smith, the Patriots have also signed fellow tight end Hunter Henry, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: From a scheme standpoint, the duo of Smith and Henry points to the Patriots offense using plenty of two-TE sets this coming season. It's an approach that's worked for the team in the past. From a fantasy standpoint, both players should have productive outings, but the presence of another talented pass catcher like Henry figures to cut into Smith's weekly ceiling. In any case, New England's aggressive approach in free agency has resulted in a revamped passing attack filled with multiple options for QB Cam Newton.

Mar 16, 2021 8:28 AM EST

Set to Join Patriots

Smith has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, $31.25 million of Smith's deal is fully guaranteed. This aggressive move by the Patriots provides a major upgrade for the team at the tight end position. Smith, who caught 41 of his 65 targets for 448 yards and eight TDs in 15 games with the Titans last season, immediate ascends to the top of a depth chart that currently also includes Ryan Izzo, Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keeneand Matt LaCosse. Of that group, Smith profiles as the clear-cut top pass catcher and should provide QB Cam Newton with a much-needed red-zone weapon in 2021.

Mar 15, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Not tagged

Smith won't receive a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith and Hunter Henry profile as the top free-agent TEs this offseason, likely targeting deals around $10 million per season. Smith is a reliable blocker and receiver who excels after the catch, though his route tree in Tennessee largely focused on the flats and short crossing routes. A change of scenery might come with the opportunity to expand his role as a pass catcher.

Mar 9, 2021 12:56 PM EST

Closes with poor performance

Smith tallied one reception on two targets for eight yards in Week 17 against the Texans.

Analysis: Ryan Tannehill only targeted five players all game, yet the tight end corps commanded only four total targets. That limited Smith to one reception, his fourth game with one or fewer receptions on the season. Though inconsistent, Smith took another small step forward in his fourth professional campaign, racking up career-best marks in receptions, yards, targets and touchdowns -- all despite missing one game. Smith's rookie contract will expire at the conclusion of the 2020 season, though his focus will remain on the team's upcoming playoff matchup against the Ravens.

Jan 3, 2021 8:41 PM EST

Scores eighth touchdown on SNF

Smith caught three passes (seven targets) for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-14 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Ryan Tannehill and the entire Tennessee passing attack struggled mightily in frigid conditions, but Smith was the lucky beneficiary of the only passing touchdown of the contest, allowing the tight end finish with a respectable fantasy output. The 24-year-old is having another modest season, eclipsing his previous season high of 439 yards by one yard Sunday. The only noticeable difference in his production has been the uptick in touchdowns (eight) after finishing with three or fewer scores in his previous three seasons as a pro. Smith's improvement as a red-zone target does boost his value at a shallow position, just don't expect elite production and you will not be disappointed. A favorable matchup against a terrible Houston defense looms in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 11:54 PM EST

Set to play Sunday

Smith (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Green Bay, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Smith logged a midweek absence from practice Thursday, but he otherwise practice in full, clearing him for Week 16 action. On the season, he's consistently earned at least 70 percent of the snaps on offense, doing so in 11 of 13 appearances. That said, Smith's production has been sporadic en route to 37 catches, 410 yards and seven touchdowns on 56 targets.

Dec 25, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Back at practice

Smith (knee) is slated to return to practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: We'll circle back to see how the Titans officially list the tight end for Sunday night's game against the Packers, but Smith's return to the field Friday bodes well for his chances of being cleared to play this weekend.

Dec 25, 2020 11:17 AM EST

Added to injury report

Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: The tight end wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, so his Thursday addition is notable. What Smith is able to do at practice Friday should clarify if he's in any danger of missing Sunday night's game against the Packers. If he is limited or out for the contest, added targets would be available for Anthony Firkser and Geoff Swaim, along with MyCole Pruitt to a lesser degree.

Dec 24, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Hauls in five passes

Smith recorded five receptions on five targets for 52 yards in Week 15 against the Lions.

Analysis: Smith returned from a one-game absence and tied for the team lead in receptions. He hauled in a few deep receptions, including a 19-yard catch on the team's first drive and a 16-yard reception later in the contest. Perhaps most importantly, Smith was clearly Ryan Tannehill's favorite tight-end target as Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt were both limited to one reception. Smith will look to build on the effort in Week 16 against the Packers.

Dec 20, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Only two catches

Smith recorded two receptions on two targets for 20 yards in Week 14 against the Jaguars.

Analysis: All of the Titans' pass-catchers besides A.J. Brown were limited due to game script as Ryan Tannehill took to the air only 24 times. After missing the team's Week 13 matchup against the Browns, Smith made the most of his looks. Even so, he was out-targeted by Geoff Swaim, who also hauled in a touchdown. Smith has recorded more than two receptions only once since Week 6, leaving him as an unreliable option in Week 15 against the Lions.

Dec 13, 2020 7:48 PM EST

Practices fully

Smith (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith sat out this past Sunday's loss to the Browns, but his return to a full practice Thursday puts him on track to resume action this weekend against the Jaguars. With Anthony Firkser also in the Titans' tight end mix, Smith profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in Week 14, but he has at least been helpful in TD-heavy formats, with seven trips to the end zone in 11 games this season, including scores in two of his last three outings.

Dec 10, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Limited to start week

Smith (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Smith was sidelined by a knee injury last week after failing to practice all week, so his limited session Wednesday was certainly a step in the right direction. If he's cleared to play, Smith would have an enticing matchup Sunday against a Jaguars defense that he burned for a pair of touchdowns back in Week 2. Otherwise, Anthony Firkser would continue to benefit from additional snaps in Smith's place.

Dec 9, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Not playing Week 13

Coach Mike Vrabel ruled out Smith (knee) for Sunday's game versus the Browns, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Smith missed every practice this week as he tends to a knee injury and now will his first game of the season. His significant snap share thus is slated to filter down to Geoff Swaim, Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt.

Dec 4, 2020 12:01 PM EST

Hasn't practiced all week

Smith (knee) didn't practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: This marks a third consecutive missed practice for Smith this week following a goose egg in last week's game, so he seems more likely than not to sit out against the Browns on Sunday. If Smith can't go, Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim and MyCole Pruitt would all slide up Tennessee's tight end depth chart.

Dec 4, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Misses another practice

Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Smith also missed Wednesday's practice, so what the tight end is able to do on the field Friday, if anything, will be telling with regard to his status for Sunday's game against the Browns. Though he logged a 75 percent snap share in the Titans' Week 12 win over the Colts, Smith -- who's scored eight TDs this season -- wasn't targeted in the contest.

Dec 3, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Absent Wednesday

Smith (undisclosed) is not present at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith handled his usual 75 percent of offensive snaps against the Colts in Week 12, and it didn't appear as though he was noticeably injured at any point during the contest. If it is revealed that Smith is dealing with injury, and not just receiving a day of rest, it will be interesting to monitor Anthony Firkser's involvement at practice.

Dec 2, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Uninvolved against Colts

Smith did not receive a target in Week 12 against Colts.

Analysis: The Titans attempted only 22 passes in their blowout win over the Colts. That provides a partial explanation for Smith's lack of involvement, though tight ends Jeff Swaim and Anthony Firkser both drew targets in the contest. Like many of the Titans' secondary receivers, Smith commands unreliable volume and now has two or fewer catches six or his last seven games. He'll draw a matchup against Cleveland in Week 13.

Nov 29, 2020 8:39 PM EST

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