Jonnu Smith
Jonnu Smith
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
New England Patriots
2021 Fantasy Outlook
From a fantasy standpoint, it never quite happened for Smith in Tennessee, where the majority of his snaps came on run plays. The 2017 third-round pick didn't get many chances to use his 4.62 speed on downfield routes, but he did earn a reputation as one of the league's best after the catch, averaging 9.0 YAC in 2018 and 7.8 in 2019. Smith then dropped to 5.8 YAC (still fifth most among TEs) on 41 receptions in 2020, with his aDOT landing in the 5.2-5.5 range for a third consecutive year. He's proven himself as a capable blocker and a menace in the flats, but the Patriots might want to see if Smith can also add an intermediate/downfield component after signing a four-year, $50 million contract. We'd be more bullish on that prospect if the team hadn't also signed Hunter Henry, who has more experience working the seam. Then there's the matter of a shaky QB situation, and the potential for a run-first offense with either Cam Newton or rookie Mac Jones under center. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2021.
Past hamstring issue
TENew England Patriots
July 30, 2021
As expected, Smith (hamstring) has been a practice participant during training camp, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
ANALYSIS
The free-agent acquisition previously missed time with a hamstring issue, but Smith has been working fully in camp and will now be part of the Patriots' new 1-2 punch at tight end, joined by fellow newcomer Hunter Henry. Though Henry's presence creates the possibility that a time-share could somewhat hamper Smith's target volume, it's also reasonable to expect that both players will have a decent fantasy floor due to the likelihood that multiple-tight-end sets will be a key component of New England's offense in 2021.
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How do Jonnu Smith's 2020 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
21.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.47
 
% Team Air Yards
9.0%
 
% Team Targets
13.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.1%
 
Drop Rate
3.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.9
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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#% of Team Snaps

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How often does Jonnu Smith run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Jonnu Smith and the other tight ends for the Patriots are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Jonnu Smith
291 routes   65 targets
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84%
479 routes   93 targets
85%
72 routes   5 targets
84%
48 routes   15 targets
79%
75 routes   7 targets
74%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jonnu Smith's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
248 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
 
Broad Jump
127 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
32.88 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jonnu Smith
Training Camp Notes: July 30
2 days ago
Jim Coventry analyzes Friday's training camp news, including word out of Dallas that Ezekiel Elliott could share touches with Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle this year.
Training Camp Notes: July 21
11 days ago
Dan Marcus runs through the top news coming out of training camps Thursday, including Courtland Sutton possibly having his workload managed in camp.
Training Camp Notes: July 20
12 days ago
Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles which is expected to end his 2021 season.
Underdog Best Ball: Primary Targets
15 days ago
This article looks at eight players whose prices are low enough that they carry no meaningful risk in Underdog best ball drafts, including Jonnu Smith in the 13th round.
NFL: Health and Opportunity-Neutral Rankings
24 days ago
Chris Liss ranks DK Metcalf No. 1 among receivers on a per-target basis.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
2017
From a non-fantasy standpoint, Smith took a third-year leap in 2019, enjoying career highs in targets, yards and YPT while leading tight ends in YAC (8.3) and dropping just one pass. He even added four carries for 78 yards, including a 57-yard rumble against Houston. Smith started 14 of his 16 games and played at least 72 percent of snaps every week after Delanie Walker suffered a season-ending injury in October. Unfortunately, the steady playing time and impressive efficiency didn't translate to consistent production, as Smith averaged 30.9 receiving yards on 3.7 targets in nine regular-season games with Walker inactive, before seeing only nine targets in three playoff bouts. Part of the problem was a run-heavy Titans offense that averaged 27 pass attempts in Ryan Tannehill's 10 starts, but there was also the matter of Anthony Firkser poaching some work on passing downs, plus Smith's 79 pass-blocking snaps tied for ninth most among tight ends. While his after-the-catch brilliance seemingly demands more receiving work, there hasn't been much sign of Smith doing damage downfield, with his 5.0-yard average depth of target in 2019 ranking fourth to last among TEs (and up a tick from 4.9 in 2018). There's little doubt Smith would be a reliable producer in a number of NFL offenses; it just isn't clear this is one of them.
Smith was drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft as a highly athletic tight end. He combined that with strong college production at Florida Atlantic. A pro breakout seemed possible in 2018 after Delanie Walker (ankle) went down for the season in the first game of the campaign, but Smith hardly built on his rookie season numbers by catching 20 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns. With Walker expected to return healthy for the 2019 season and the Titans' adding weapons to their passing attack this offseason, Smith will face an uphill battle to break out despite his untapped upside.
Ironically drawing Delanie Walker comparisons during the pre-draft process in 2017, Smith was ultimately selected by Tennessee in the third round of the draft to play second-fiddle to the 13-year vet. The Florida State product ended up seeing consistent playing time in that role, faring well as both a blocker and receiver. However, with Walker still heading the depth chart, there doesn't appear to be much room for growth for Smith in 2018. That could change if Walker deals with any injuries, but Smith's mentor hasn't missed more than one game in any of his past seven seasons.
Smith is expected to work as the No. 2 tight end behind Delanie Walker from the get-go, as Anthony Fasano's departure leaves just 2014 second-round bust Jace Amaro and blocking specialist Phillip Supernaw to challenge him for that spot. The rookie third-rounder out of Florida International is already a more complete player than either of those options, and is positioned to make an immediate impact for a team that used multiple tight end formations at an above-average clip last season.
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Should be ready for camp
TENew England Patriots
Hamstring
July 20, 2021
Smith (hamstring) is expected to be available when the Patriots open training camp next week, Nick O'Malley of Masslive.com reports.
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Not practicing Tuesday
TENew England Patriots
Hamstring
June 15, 2021
Smith (hamstring) won't participate in Tuesday's minicamp practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves practice early
TENew England Patriots
Hamstring
June 14, 2021
Smith departed Monday's practice early due to an apparent hamstring injury and did not return, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
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Joined by Hunter Henry
TENew England Patriots
March 16, 2021
In addition to Smith, the Patriots have also signed fellow tight end Hunter Henry, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Set to Join Patriots
TENew England Patriots
March 15, 2021
Smith has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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