For about a day, it looked like Jonnu Smith might belong among the elites of the position after signing with the Patriots. The subsequent signing of Hunter Henry unfortunately dims his prospects quite a bit and pushes him back to the fringes of the starting TE tier instead. Smith is an electric playmaker with the ball in his hands, and a smart offense will find ways to get him the ball all over the field. He's a threat to find the end zone whenever he touches it, a rare quality for a tight end. However, New England figures to be a pretty low-volume passing attack, and it's not clear he'll be more of a priority than Henry in the offense, which makes him a high-upside, low-floor tight end to target in the later rounds.
As expected, Smith (hamstring) has been a practice participant during training camp, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. 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.
Smith (hamstring) is expected to be available when the Patriots open training camp next week, Nick O'Malley of Masslive.com reports. Smith missed most of minicamp due to a hamstring injury, but the Patriots' high profile free-agent addition is now poised to get back into the mix for training camp. His addition, along with the team's signing of Hunter Henry, effectively re-makes New England's tight end corps, with the versatile Smith likely to be a key target for whoever ends up being the franchise's starting QB in 2021.
Smith (hamstring) won't participate in Tuesday's minicamp practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Smith's absence doesn't come as a surprise after he sustained a left hamstring strain in the Patriots' first minicamp session Monday. The Patriots will wrap up their camp Wednesday, so it may be a challenge for Smith to gain clearance for that workout, too. He should be back to full health ahead of training camp in late July, however.
Smith departed Monday's practice early due to an apparent hamstring injury and did not return, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports. It was Smith's first time on the practice field in front of reporters this offseason, and he dropped a couple of passes prior to his departure. It doesn't sound as though the hamstring issue is believed to be very serious, so he could be back in practice relatively soon. Of course, it's possible the team will take the cautious route and hold him out of the remainder of this week's minicamp, which then would push his return to training camp in July.
In addition to Smith, the Patriots have also signed fellow tight end Hunter Henry, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. From a scheme standpoint, the duo of Smith and Henry points to the Patriots offense using plenty of two-TE sets this coming season. It's an approach that's worked for the team in the past. From a fantasy standpoint, both players should have productive outings, but the presence of another talented pass catcher like Henry figures to cut into Smith's weekly ceiling. In any case, New England's aggressive approach in free agency has resulted in a revamped passing attack filled with multiple options for QB Cam Newton.
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|2||09/19||@New York Jets||32||11.25|
|3||09/26||New Orleans Saints||18||7.56|
|4||10/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||32||11.25|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
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