Jonnu Smith

New England Patriots
Tight End #81
New England Patriots
Tight End #81
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Taking different offseason approach

Smith is in line to be a full participant in the Patriots' voluntary organized team activities in advance of the 2022 season, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: That wasn't the case last year, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, as Smith awaited the birth of his daughter, while also factoring in COVID considerations. In his first season with the Patriots after signing a four-year, $50 million deal last March, Smith finished with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for 40 yards over 16 games, while operating in a time-share that tilted in Hunter Henry's favor. Cox suggests that with the team seemingly moving away from employing a traditional fullback in 2022, Smith could see added opportunities with a potential uptick in two-tight end sets, as well as the possibility that he could take on a share of fullback/H-back duties, with Jakob Johnson no longer in the mix. In that context, Smith could gain added fantasy relevance, but as long as he and Henry share snaps, consistent volume could remain an issue for the 2017 third-rounder.

Mar 29, 2022 9:26 AM EST


Logs 28 regular season catches

Smith finished the 2021 regular season with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a TD to go along with nine carries for 40 yards in 16 games.

Analysis: Smith, who agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots this past March, worked in tandem with fellow free-agent addition Hunter Henry, who inked a three-year, $37.5 million pact with the team. The resulting time share tilted in Henry's favor (he logged a 50/603/9 stat line), while Smith's output as a receiver in his first campaign with New England was modest. While an uptick in production is a plausible outcome for Smith in 2022, as long as he and Henry share snaps, the 2017 third-rounder may continue to see inconsistent volume.

Jan 26, 2022 8:58 AM EST



Logs 25 snaps in Week 18

Smith was on the field for 25 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith wasn't targeted in the contest and logged one carry for five yards Sunday. He finishes up the 2021 regular season with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a TD to go long with nine carries for 40 yards in 16 games. While working in a tight end timeshare that has seen Hunter Henry more involved as a pass-catcher, Smith remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option heading into Saturday's playoff opener against the Bills.

Jan 10, 2022 10:07 AM EST


Catches one pass in Week 17

Smith was on the field for 42 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Despite seeing more snaps (42) in Week 17 than fellow tight end Hunter Henry (39 snaps, three catches on five targets for 37 yards), Smith was limited to one catch on his only target for 20 yards and one carry for five yards. As long as he operates in a game-flow dependent timeshare, Smith will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Jan 3, 2022 9:50 AM EST


Records 21 snaps in Week 16

Smith logged 21 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In the process, Smith was not targeted in the contest. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry saw action on 55 snaps and caught one of his six targets for nine yards. While working in a game-flow dependent time-share, Smith remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option down the stretch.

Dec 27, 2021 10:22 AM EST



One catch in Week 15

Smith caught just one of his three targets for three yards in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Smith logged 17 of a possible 68 snaps in the contest, while fellow tight end Hunter Henry was on the field for 55 snaps, en route to catching six of his eight targets for 77 yards and two TDs. Back-to-back one-catch efforts doesn't inspire much confidence in Smith as a Week 16 fantasy option, but if the Patriots' wideout depth is compromised this weekend, which is possible, the team may need to focus more attention on its tight end duo versus Buffalo on Sunday.

Dec 20, 2021 4:32 PM EST


Just one catch vs. Bills

Smith secured his only target for 12 yards during Monday's 14-10 win over Buffalo.

Analysis: Smith also had one carry for minus one yards. Harsh weather and a run-first game plan that asked Mac Jones to attempt just three passes limited all New England's pass catches, but after a Week 14 bye, the team stands to deploy a more traditional offense on the road against Indianapolis.

Dec 7, 2021 8:11 AM EST


Catches three passes versus former team

Smith, who was on the field for 34 of a possible 60 snaps in Sunday's 36-13 win over the Titans, caught three of his four targets for 49 yards and ran once for nine yards in the contest, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry saw action on 41 snaps and caught two of his five targets for 16 yards. In each of his three previous games, Smith recorded two targets, but he was a little more involved in Sunday's game plan, while facing his former team. He continues to profile as a marginal fantasy option in Week 13 fantasy lineups, while working in a time-share with Henry.

Nov 29, 2021 9:34 AM EST


Set to face Titans

Smith (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck). While operating in a timeshare with Henry, Smith has caught 22 of his 36 targets for 210 yards and a TD through 10 games. As long as Henry (33-378-7 in 11 games) is available, Smith will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option on a weekly basis.

Nov 28, 2021 8:45 AM EST


Looking good for Week 12

Smith (shoulder) remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but the Patriots are expected to make him active for the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Smith is one four New England skill-position players listed as questionable for Week 12, but he, fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck) and running backs Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) are all likely to be available. When both tight ends have played this season, Smith has typically played second fiddle to Henry both in terms of snaps and involvement in the passing attack. Through 10 outings, Smith has tallied 22 receptions for 210 yards and one touchdown across 36 targets.

Nov 28, 2021 6:17 AM EST


Questionable for Week 12

Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing in a limited fashion this week.

Analysis: As is fellow tight end Hunter Henry (neck), with the Patriots having listed a total of 10 players as questionable for the contest. Fortunately, the duo's Week 12 status will be solidified prior to the first wave of games Sunday, with New England and Tennessee kicking off at 1:00 ET. While working in a time-share with Henry, Smith has logged a 22/210/1 stat line through 10 outings. In that context, he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option when both are uniform.

Nov 26, 2021 2:30 PM EST


Limited practice session Wednesday

Smith (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith continues to manage a shoulder issue, but we expect him to suit up Sunday against the Titans and in the process he's slated to continue to work in a tight end time-share with Hunter Henry (neck), who was also listed as limited Wednesday. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Smith has logged a 47.8 percent share of the Patriots' offensive snaps thus far, which has resulted in the free-agent acquisition tallying marginal fantasy numbers -- 22 catches (on 36 targets) for 210 yards and a TD -- through 10 games.

Nov 24, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Logs 33 snaps in Week 11

Smith was on the field for 33 of a possible 64 snaps in Thursday's 25-0 win over the Falcons, en route to catching one of his two targets for 17 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Hunter Henry parlayed his 32 snaps into two catches on three targets for 25 yards. As long as he continues to split work with Henry, Smith -- who has logged two targets in each of his last three games -- remains a risky fantasy option.

Nov 19, 2021 8:51 AM EST


Suits up Thursday

Smith (shoulder) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: The tight end is out there if you need him Thursday after a one-game absence, but his fantasy ceiling is capped while working in a time-share with Hunter Henry. It's an arrangement that has resulted in Smith averaging 2.3 catches for 21.4 yards on 3.8 targets per game, while scoring one TD through nine contests.

Nov 18, 2021 4:04 PM EST


Questionable, traveling to Atlanta

Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game in Atlanta and is traveling with the team, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Smith has battled the shoulder injury for almost a month now, finally missing a game Sunday when the Patriots beat the Browns by 38 points. Hunter Henry caught two TD passes in the contest and played 94 percent of offensive snaps before the fourth quarter, but he'll likely lose some of his workload if Smith makes it back Thursday night. Smith has scored just one TD of his own this year, averaging 2.3 catches for 21.4 yards on 3.8 targets per game.

Nov 17, 2021 12:04 PM EST


Another limited practice

Smith (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Smith's practice reps have been capped since picking up a shoulder injury Week 9 at Carolina. Despite getting on the field in every session for Week 10 prep, he was inactive this past Sunday against the Browns. It's unclear if he's facing a similar fate for Thursday's game In Atlanta, but if Smith is unable to play Hunter Henry will be the unquestioned No. 1 tight end for the Patriots.

Nov 16, 2021 2:15 PM EST


Listed as limited on practice estimate

Smith (shoulder) was listed as a limited on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Though Smith was able to practice in a limited fashion last week, he was inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns. With that in mind, we'd expect him to approach this Thursday night's game against the Falcons listed as questionable, and if he remains out in Week 11, Hunter Henry would be in line to continue to head the Patriots' tight end corps, with Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse in reserve.

Nov 15, 2021 2:21 PM EST


Won't play Sunday

Smith (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: With Smith inactive Sunday, look for Hunter Henry to see added snaps and looks versus the Browns, while Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse are on hand to handle the team's complementary tight end duties in Week 10.

Nov 14, 2021 8:39 AM EST


Listed as questionable for Week 10

Smith (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Browns after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: Smith has been managing a shoulder issue of late, but we'd still expect him to be available for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. That said, the tight end remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option, while continuing to work in a timeshare with Hunter Henry.

Nov 12, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Limited at practice Wednesday

Smith (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith was forced out of this past Sunday's game against the Panthers after logging 28 snaps and one catch on two targets for four yards. The fact that he practiced Wednesday, however -- albeit in limited fashion -- bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Browns and continuing to work in a time-share will fellow TE Hunter Henry.

Nov 10, 2021 4:01 PM EST


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