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Jonnu Smith

Jonnu Smith

Tight End #81
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 11
Team: Tennessee Titans
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 248 lb.
College:Florida International
Born:August 22, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (100)
Draft Team:TEN

Jonnu Smith: 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.

January 3, 2021 8:41 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 27, 2020 11:54 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Set to play Sunday

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

December 25, 2020 1:49 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 25, 2020 11:17 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Added to injury report

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

December 24, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 20, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 13, 2020 7:48 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 10, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Limited to start week

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

December 9, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Not playing Week 13

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

December 4, 2020 12:01 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 4, 2020 10:37 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Misses another practice

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

December 3, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

December 2, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: 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.

November 29, 2020 8:39 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Finds end zone early

Smith recorded four receptions on six targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Ravens.

Analysis: Smith got the Titans' offense on the board, capping their 79-yard game-opening drive with a one-yard touchdown reception. He also suffered a right ankle injury late in the third quarter, but returned to the game with his foot wrapped,John Glennon of BroadwaySportsMedia.com reports. Despite missing some of the action, Smith has found the end zone in two of his last three games. Due to lack of volume, he'll remain a touchdown dependent option in Week 12 against the Colts.

November 22, 2020 4:52 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Scores rushing TD in loss

Smith brought in two of six targets for 14 yards and scored a one-yard touchdown on his only rush attempt in the Titans' 34-17 loss to the Colts on Thursday night.

Analysis: The athletic tight end couldn't do much through the air on a night when Ryan Tannehill threw for just 147 yards, but his career rushing score in the second quarter helped salvage his fantasy night to an extent. Smith pass-catching production continues to be hard to trust on a week-to-week basis, however, as he's now recorded no more than two receptions or 32 receiving yards in five consecutive games after posting and 18-221-5 line over his four contests of the campaign. He'll look to bounce back to that caliber of numbers in a Week 11 battle against the Ravens on Sunday, Nov. 22.

November 12, 2020 9:21 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Finds end zone

Smith recorded two receptions on two targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Bears.

Analysis: Smith was out-targeted by fellow tight end Anthony Firkser, but managed to rack up more yards and find the end zone. His score came midway through the fourth quarter on a play action pass when he was left open leaking off the line from the two-yard line. Despite that production, Smith has had a hard time earning consistent targets since the return of Corey Davis, as he has seen two or fewer targets in three of four contests since Week 6. He'll draw a Week 10 matchup against the Colts.

November 8, 2020 6:28 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Catches both targets

Smith caught both his targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Smith actually finished behind fellow tight end Anthony Firkser in targets and receiving yards, with both tight ends hauling in a pair of catches. While he was once a focal point in the passing offense, his role has diminished to the tune of four catches (on eight targets) for 51 yards combined over the last three games. This is likely a result of A.J. Brown and Corey Davis both back and producing regularly, which should continue in next Sunday's matchup with the Bears.

November 1, 2020 7:10 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Quiet against Steelers

Smith recorded one reception on four targets for nine yards in Week 7 against the Steelers.

Analysis: Smith battled an ankle injury throughout the week, but managed a full practice on Thursday prior to being active for the Week 7 contest. It's unclear if was held back by the injury or tough matchup, but Smith turned in his second consecutive one catch performance. Prior to this downturn in production, it appeared Smith was in for a breakout season by recording 13 receptions, 181 yards and three touchdowns in the team's first three games. He'll look to get back on track in Week 8 against Cincinnati.

October 25, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Logs full practice

Smith (ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean, the tight end took part in Wednesday's stretch but headed back inside the team's facility immediately afterward. With a full practice Thursday under his belt, Smith will set his sights on bouncing back from the one-catch, 13-yard effort he logged in this past Sunday's win over the Texans prior to his third-quarter exit. Heading into that contest Smith had recorded a fantasy-friendly 18/221/5 stat line through his first four outings this season.

October 22, 2020 12:49 PM EST

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