Jonnu Smith

Jonnu Smith

26-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, $50 million contract. We'd be more bullish on that prospect if the team hadn't also signed Hunter Henry, who has more experience working the seam. Then there's the matter of a shaky QB situation, and the potential for a run-first offense with rookie Mac Jones under center. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2021.
Logs 28 regular-season catches
TENew England Patriots
January 26, 2022
Smith finished the 2021 regular season with 28 catches (on 45 targets) for 294 yards and a touchdown to go along with nine carries for 40 yards over 16 games.
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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. The resulting timeshare tilted in Henry's favor -- he logged a 50-603-9 receiving 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, so long as he and Henry share snaps, the former may continue to see inconsistent volume.
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How do Jonnu Smith's 2021 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
14.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.45
 
% Team Air Yards
5.5%
 
% Team Targets
8.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
62.2%
 
Drop Rate
11.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.7
 
% Targeted On Route
30.2%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.97
 
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How often does Jonnu Smith run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Jonnu Smith
149 routes   45 targets
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30%
2 routes   0 targets
18%
373 routes   75 targets
52%
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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
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Logs 25 snaps in Week 18
TENew England Patriots
January 10, 2022
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.
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Catches one pass in Week 17
TENew England Patriots
January 3, 2022
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.
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Records 21 snaps in Week 16
TENew England Patriots
December 27, 2021
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.
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One catch in Week 15
TENew England Patriots
December 20, 2021
Smith caught just one of his three targets for three yards in Saturday's 27-17 loss to Indianapolis.
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Just one catch vs. Bills
TENew England Patriots
December 7, 2021
Smith secured his only target for 12 yards during Monday's 14-10 win over Buffalo.
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