Jonnu Smith

Jonnu Smith

Tight End #81
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 5
Team: Tennessee Titans
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 248 lb.
College:Florida International
Age:24
Born:August 22, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (100)
Draft Team:TEN

Jonnu Smith: Locked in atop depth chart

Smith is the undisputed top tight end in Tennessee, Jim Wyatt of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: Smith was the top guy after Delanie Walker suffered season-ending injuries the past two years, handling 75.3 percent snap share in 2018 (13 games) and 70.8 percent share in 2019 (16 games). Smith's impressive work after the catch helped him produce 12.7 yards per reception and 9.4 per target the past two years, but he's never seen consistent volume in the run-first Tennessee offense, averaging only 3.7 targets in the nine games Walker missed last year. While Walker is now out of the picture, the Titans have shown some affinity for using Anthony Firkser over Smith in obvious passing situations -- a role that allowed Firkser to average 2.4 targets over the final nine games last year. Smith has the talent to be a high-end fantasy asset in the right role, but it isn't clear if he'll get enough volume to provide steady production in Tennessee this season. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract and will turn 25 in late August.

July 20, 2020 8:35 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Shows improvement in 2019

Smith hauled in 35 of his 44 targets for 439 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games in the 2019 season.

Analysis: Smith benefitted from another injury-plagued campaign for Delanie Walker (ankle), posting career-best marks in targets, yards, and receptions. He also showed strong rapport with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, racking up more than 50 receiving yards in four of the nine games that Tannehill started. However, plenty of questions remain for the fourth-year tight end heading into the 2020 season, particularly the potential return of Walker. Even if Smith were to remain the starting tight end in Tennessee, he may be an inconsistent performer due to the overall lack of passing volume in the Titans' offense.

January 23, 2020 9:33 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Touchdown grab in upset win

Smith secured two of three targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' 28-12 divisional-round win over the Ravens on Saturday.

Analysis: The third-year pro opened the scoring in the upset with a 12-yard scoring grab late in the first quarter, and although he was minimally involved thereafter, his role in helping the Titans establish a positive early tone was certainly invaluable. Smith's usage has fluctuated considerably at times this season, but he'll look to make an impact in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus either the Texans or Chiefs, two teams that were vulnerable to the tight end position all season.

January 11, 2020 9:32 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Silent in Week 17

Smith was not targeted in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans. However, he did rush the ball once for seven yards.

Analysis: Smith was held without a target for a second time this season, producing only seven yards of total offense. However, he was still on the field for 81 percent of the team's offensive snaps, well ahead of both MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser. Smith will likely draw a bigger role in the team's first-round playoff matchup against New England on Saturday, and he'll look to capitalize on his ability to gain yards after the catch. He'll also have plenty of motivation to produce next season, as he's entering a contract year and could be in line to take over as the team's starting tight end if Delanie Walker (ankle) opts to retire.

January 2, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Finds end zone on big play

Smith hauled in three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Smith accounted for nearly two-thirds of his production when he recorded a 41-yard touchdown on the team's opening possession. On the scoring play, he caught a pass from Ryan Tannehill while flashing across the middle of the field about 12 yards from the line of scrimmage before turning upfield to find the end zone. Smith opened the Titans' following drive with a 15-yard reception, seemingly putting him in line for a massive performance. Though that didn't come to fruition, Smith has surpassed 60 yards in consecutive games and appears to be developing rapport with Ryan Tannehill. Smith look look to connect for another touchdown in the team's regular season finale against the Texans in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 2:31 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Tears off 57-yard run

Smith caught all five of his targets for 60 yards and picked up 57 yards on his lone rush attempt during a 24-21 loss to Houston on Sunday.

Analysis: Smith lined up behind Ryan Tannehill on the Titans' opening snap of the fourth quarter, and peeled off a 57-yard gain on a toss play right to provide him with the longest run by a tight end in 43 years. Prior to Sunday there had only been three occasions all season in which a tight end had broken 20 miles per hour as a ball carrier, but Smith was able to achieve that feat two times Week 15, while gaining 17-plus yards on three of his six offensive touches. In Tennessee's upcoming Week 16 matchup against New Orleans, Smith will be in search of his second touchdown in three games, taking on a Saints defense that has surrendered just three TDs to opposing tight ends all season.

December 15, 2019 3:12 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Finds end zone

Smith hauled in three of his four targets for 29 yards and one touchdown in the Titans' Week 14 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Smith was fairly ineffective until he managed his second touchdown of the season early in the fourth quarter. The score came on a well-covered misdirection play that required Smith to make a contested catch over the Raiders' defensive backs. Despite the positive performance, Smith has seen no more than four targets in each of his past three games, making him a touchdown-reliant producer. Smith will look to become more involved in Week 15 against the Texans.

December 8, 2019 6:27 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Remains unproductive

Smith hauled in both of his targets but combined to record 0 yards in the team's Week 13 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Smith had little role in the team's offense and did even less with his limited opportunity. On his first reception, Smith was caught behind the line of scrimmage for a two-yard loss, which he followed one quarter later with a two-yard gain on a pass over the middle. Though Delanie Walker (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Smith is not a worthwhile option due to his limited volume and lack of production.

December 1, 2019 10:18 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Locked in as starter

Smith's teammate Delanie Walker (ankle) has been placed on injured reserve.

Analysis: Smith can play the rest of the season without looking over his shoulder, knowing he's locked in as the No. 1 tight end in Tennessee. His pass-catching production has been much less consistent than his playing time, with Smith averaging 3.3 catches for 31.5 yards on 4.5 targets in the four games Walker has missed, playing 73, 72, 78 and 94 percent of offensive snaps in those contests. The snap share bump from Week 12 could prove useful if it holds, though Smith didn't draw a single target despite rarely leaving the field in a 42-20 win over the Jaguars. He should at least have some some level of pass-game involvement Week 13 at Indianapolis.

November 27, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Contributes nothing

Smith was not targeted in the team's Week 12 win over the Jaguars. He did rush the ball once for four yards.

Analysis: Smith was slated to be the top tight end, replacing the injured Delanie Walker (ankle). However, he failed to produce in any meaningful way. With Walker practicing in limited fashion all week, he may be able to return in Week 13 against the Colts, which would all but eliminate any chance for Smith to contribute.

November 24, 2019 9:35 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Another opportunity in top job

Smith is slated to serve as the No. 1 tight end for the fourth consecutive game in Sunday's Week 12 tilt against the Jaguars with Delanie Walker (ankle) declared inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Smith has been solid in his extended opportunity of late, bringing in 13 of 18 targets for 126 yards and a touchdown over that three-game period that Walker has missed. The athletic third-year pro also recorded three receptions for 64 yards in the Week 7 game in which Walker was hurt after just five snaps, so he offers some reasonable upside versus a Jaguars defense that's allowed five touchdowns to tight ends this season.

November 24, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Held quiet in Week 6

Smith hauled in one of his two targets for eight yards in Week 6 against Denver.

Analysis: Smith hauled in his lone catch with just under 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, delivered by Ryan Tannehill. He received just one target from starter Marcus Mariota, which came deep down the field late in the second quarter. Smith had outpaced longtime starter Delanie Walker in both weeks 4 and 5, though Walker's three reception and 43 yard performance makes it clear that Smith will not have the tight end targets to himself moving forward.

October 13, 2019 9:37 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Delivers big play

Smith hauled in one of two targets for 57 yards in Week 5 against Buffalo.

Analysis: Smith managed to make his lone reception count, catching a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage before weaving between defenders for a 57-yard gain. That was enough to lead the team in receiving yards, despite the fact that he wasn't heard from for the remainder of the game. Given both the presence of Delanie Walker and the Titans' meager passing attack, Smith is hardly a reliable option as he's failed to haul in multiple passes in four of five games this season.

October 6, 2019 10:20 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Gains five yards in win

Smith caught a five-yard pass during Sunday's 24-17 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: After being held to one target during the first two weeks of the season, Smith now has four targets in his last two games. That's good enough for an improvement for Smith, but certainly not enough to keep him your radar for fantasy purposes as the Titans, outside Delanie Walker, focus their targets toward their revamped receiving corps including A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries. A very tough Bills team awaits Sunday.

October 1, 2019 4:12 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Hauls in two passes

Smith caught two of his three targets for 20 yards in Week 3 against Jacksonville.

Analysis: Smith continues to work behind Delanie Walker -- who led the team in targets -- but drew his most significant work of the season on Thursday. While the Titans' heavily targeted tight ends in 2018, the additions of Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown have shifted target distribution. That said, Smith won't see enough volume to be fantasy relevant unless Walker suffers an injury.

September 20, 2019 4:00 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Gains 17 yards

Smith caught his lone target for seven yards and added a 10-yard carry during Sunday's 43-13 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Smith ended Sunday with 37 offensive snaps, eight more than Delanie Walker, but those snaps weren't nearly as valuable as Walker's for fantasy purposes. Walker averaged one toucher per 5.6 snaps and scored twice, while Smith ended with a touch every 18.5 snaps and no scores. Walker has a well-established rapport with quarterback Marcus Mariota that Smith doesn't share. He's a poor option week to week.

September 10, 2019 9:06 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Ditches injury designation

Smith (knee) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: It has been a long road to recovery for Smith, who suffered a season-ending MCL injury in December. He finally shed his knee brace Monday and is working at full speed now. Smith was a solid tight end before the injury, hauling in 20 of 31 targets for 258 yards and three scores, although he's the clear No. 2 behind Delanie Walker.

September 4, 2019 3:24 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Practicing without knee brace

Smith (knee) isn't wearing a brace over his leg Monday at practice, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Removed from the PUP list two weeks ago, Smith didn't play in any preseason games but seems to have a shot at suiting up for Week 1 in Cleveland. With Delanie Walker back in good health, Smith profiles as the second tight end in a run-first offense.

September 2, 2019 12:09 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Comes off PUP

Smith (knee) was taken off the PUP list Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Limited to side work throughout training camp, Smith passed a physical and now can return to practice. It isn't clear if he'll make an appearance in the preseason or be active for Week 1, but the decision to remove him from the PUP list suggests he's expected to play at some point in September. With Delanie Walker making a full recovery from his own season-ending injury, Smith's playing time mostly will be limited to multi-TE formations.

August 19, 2019 10:08 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Gets work on side field

Smith (knee) worked on a side field on Sunday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith remains on the PUP list but was seen working with Derrick Henry (calf) as well as head coach Mike Vrabel during practice. The team has stated they hope Smith will be ready for Week 1, though he'll have to ramp up his work soon to make that goal realistic.

August 11, 2019 9:29 PM EST

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