Jonnu Smith

Jonnu Smith

Tight End #81
Team:Tennessee
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 248 lb.
College:Florida International
Age:23
Born:August 22, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 3 (100)
Draft Team:TEN

Jonnu Smith: Still working back from injury

Smith (knee) is still recovering from an MCL sprain and didn't participate in a recent throwing session with teammates, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website reports.

Analysis: Marcus Mariota (neck) organized the sessions with wide receivers Corey Davis, Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson, as well as reserve tight end MyCole Pruitt. The Titans' top options at tight end are both working their way back from season-ending injuries, with Smith coming off an MCL sprain and Delanie Walker rehabbing a broken ankle. It isn't clear if Walker will be available for offseason practices, but the Titans seemingly expect him to retain the starting job in his age-35 season. There's potential for Smith to gain a degree of fantasy relevance if Walker doesn't look like his old self or suffers another injury.

April 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Officially out for season

The Titans placed Smith (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: It was widely believed that Smith suffered a season-ending MCL injury in the Week 14 win over the Jaguars, but coach Mike Vrabel had maintained optimism as recently as Monday that the tight end could avoid such a fate. The Titans' decision to move Smith to IR a day later implies follow-up scans weren't as promising as the team had hoped. Smith should be ready to go for the start of the 2019 campaign, but a Tennessee squad already short on quality pass-catching options will now find itself down another key body for the final three contests of this season. Anthony Firkser and Luke Stocker are expected to handle most of the reps at tight end the rest of the way, with the former likely to see the greater involvement of the two in the passing game.

December 11, 2018 12:11 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Not ruled out for season yet

Coach Mike Vrabel said he's still waiting to find out if Smith (knee) has a shot to return this season, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Smith's MCL injury was previously reported as the season-ending variety, but the Titans apparently still have some hope he can return, even if it's only for Week 17 or a possible playoff run. The team will rely on Anthony Firkser as its top pass-catching tight end Week 15 against the Giants.

December 10, 2018 8:46 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Won't play again this year

Smith (knee) has been diagnosed with a season-ending MCL injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The report doesn't specify if a playoff run would change the outlook -- a realistic possibility given the recovery timeline of 2-to-4 weeks that often accompanies MCL injuries. With Smith unavailable for at least the remainder of the regular season, Tennessee will turn to some combination of Anthony Firkser, Luke Stocker and MyCole Pruitt at tight end. Stocker led the group with 39 snaps in Sunday's 31-9 win over the Jaguars, but Firkser is far more likely to contribute in the passing game, boasting 16 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown on just 16 targets this year.

December 7, 2018 10:35 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Downgraded to out

Smith (knee) is out for the remainder of Thursday's game against the Jaguars, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith was seemingly injured on Derrick Henry's 99-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The injury immediately appeared as though it could be serious, but tests on the knee will ultimately determine the severity in the near future. Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt stand in line to see additional tight end reps with Smith out.

December 6, 2018 7:13 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Questionable to return Thursday

Smith is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Jaguars with a knee injury, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith headed to the locker room almost immediately after Derrick Henry's historic 99-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, a sign that the injury could be serious. With the Titans already down Delanie Walker (ankle), Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt should fill in for Smith as long as he is out.

December 6, 2018 6:30 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Kept quiet

Smith caught two of three targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 26-22 win against the Jets.

Analysis: Smith's second-year breakout was slowed as he was overshadowed by Anthony Firkser as the team's most productive tight end against the Jets. Though Smith had posted solid fantasy lines in recent weeks, that was heavily reliant on his ability to find the end zone. However, that production was never likely to continue based on Smith's limited volume -- he's seen three or fewer targets in four of his past five games -- leaving him as only a desperation option moving forward.

December 2, 2018 8:12 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Scores long touchdown

Smith caught both his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-17 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Smith started the game with a bang, taking a short pass 61 yards down the middle for a touchdown. While that flashed his great athleticism, Smith was hardly involved in the passing game afterward and struggled on multiple occasions trying to protect his quarterback. From a fantasy perspective, though, it still marked his best performance of the campaign, boosting his stock slightly ahead of Week 13's game versus the Jets.

November 26, 2018 8:56 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Leads team in targets

Smith hauled in six of eight targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Though Smith could not extend his touchdown streak to three games, he set a new career-best mark in both targets and receptions. He appears to be in the midst of a breakout, though his success in the two weeks prior to this game were driven exclusively by his ability to find the end zone. It's unclear who the quarterback for the Titans will be in Week 12 against the Texans, but Smith saw four targets each from Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. While it would almost certainly be better for Smith's potential production if Mariota were able to return for next week's action, his role in the offense Sunday suggested that he could emerge in the later portion of the season.

November 18, 2018 3:28 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Touchdowns in two straight

Smith caught all three of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Don't look now, but Smith has touchdowns in consecutive weeks after previously being blanked in that category this season. He opened the scoring from four yards out in this one. The second-year tight end's gaining momentum ahead of his team's Week 11 meeting with the division rival Colts.

November 11, 2018 3:01 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Hauls in touchdown

Smith caught both of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 28-14 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Smith caught what was ultimately the game-winning touchdown on a shovel pass from Marcus Mariota with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter. It was his third career touchdown, but first of the season. Overall, it has been a disappointing campaign for Smith, who was expected to see an increased role due to the absence of Delanie Walker (ankle). However, lack of passing volume in the Titans' offense has held him back, and though the touchdown will provide some reason for optimism, Smith still saw only two targets. That makes it safe to leave him on the waiver wire in nearly all seasonal formats, despite the lack of quality options at tight end.

November 5, 2018 8:32 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Two catches in loss

Smith brought in two of three targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Smith logged 79 percent of Tennessee's offensive snaps and remains the team's No. 1 tight end, but has yet to step into the role left by Delanie Walker. The second-year pro has yet to eclipse three targets in a game, and has only logged a total of 44 receiving yards in the last six games. Smith is does not warrant weekly fantasy consideration in the Titans' low volume passing attack.

October 22, 2018 1:10 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Records one catch

Smith hauled in his lone target for 12 yards in Sunday's 21-0 loss against the Ravens.

Analysis: Smith made his first catch since Week 3, and now has just three receptions through six games this season. Though it was assumed he would step into the role of injured Delanie Walker, that hasn't been the case as Smith has failed to command more than three targets in a game this season.

October 14, 2018 9:17 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Held without a catch

Smith failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 13-12 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Smith drew two targets for the third consecutive game, but has converted just one of those six into a reception. He has just two receptions for 21 yards on the season, and the optimism that he would fill in for Delanie Walker should be abandoned until he proves to have a consistent role in the offense.

October 7, 2018 8:18 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Held catchless in win

Smith was targeted twice but did not record a catch during Sunday's 26-23 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Smith continues to struggle to fill in for Delanie Walker, a favorite target of Marcus Mariota. The Titans have, instead, concentrated targets toward receivers Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor and running back Dion Lewis, who collectively account for 63.7 percent of the team's targets. Smith is only in his second year and has an opportunity to shine against a bottom-10 Buffalo defense in Week 5, but don't pay him much attention until he shows some evidence of improvement and a larger role in the offense.

October 2, 2018 7:49 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Another quiet performance

Smith hauled in one of his two targets for nine yards Week 3 against Jacksonville.

Analysis: Smith remained quiet and has totaled only two catches on five targets for 21 yards through three weeks. While he was expected to take on at least part of Delanie Walker's role, that has yet to come to fruition in the early going. Jacksonville presented a difficult matchup as they have one of the best secondaries in the league, but the Titans will have to get more aggressive in the passing game for Smith to emerge.

September 23, 2018 8:07 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Not targeted in Week 2

Smith did not see a target in Week 2 against Houston.

Analysis: Smith was on the field for 59 snaps offensive snaps but did not appear on the stat sheet after being pegged to fill in for the injured Delanie Walker (ankle). Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert attempted only 20 passes, so there weren't an abundance of opportunities for any Titans' receivers. As the team gets healthier -- they were without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota and key members of the offensive line -- Smith may become more involved, but that role isn't imminent after Smith's disappointing Week 2 showing.

September 16, 2018 7:49 PM EST

Jonnu Smith: Should step into big role following Walker's injury

With Delanie Walker (ankle) not expected to play again this season, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Smith's role in the Titans' passing attack is in line to expand in the coming weeks.

Analysis: As a rookie last year, Smith logged 18 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns, but with Walker out of the mix, the 2017 third-rounder is now in a position to see enough looks in the Tennessee passing game to merit immediate fantasy attention. Luke Stocker (two catches for 37 yards) actually outproduced Smith (one catch for 12 yards) in Week 1, but Walker saw seven targets Sunday before suffering his injury, and looking ahead, the bulk of the tight end looks that would typically go to him figure to go in Smith's direction.

September 10, 2018 11:11 AM EST

Jonnu Smith: Targeted three times

Smith hauled in one of his three targets for 12 yards in Week 1 against Miami.

Analysis: Smith saw two his three targets on the last drive of the game, after Delanie Walker (ankle) was off the field due to injury. He is now in line for an increased workload, and will vie with Luke Stocker to fill Walker's role. While Corey Davis dominated the targets Sunday, Rishard Matthews (knee) is still limited by offseason injuries and Tywan Taylor failed to make his mark in the opening game. As a result, if Smith emerges as the primary replacement for Walker, he could see a fairly significant increase in targets.

September 9, 2018 8:52 PM EST

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