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.
Smith has agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Per the report, $31.25 million of Smith's deal is fully guaranteed. This aggressive move by the Patriots provides a major upgrade for the team at the tight end position. Smith, who caught 41 of his 65 targets for 448 yards and eight TDs in 15 games with the Titans last season, immediately ascends to the top of a depth chart that currently also includes Ryan Izzo, Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene and Matt LaCosse. Of that group, Smith profiles as the clear-cut top pass catcher and should provide QB Cam Newton with a much-needed red-zone weapon in 2021.
Smith won't receive a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Smith and Hunter Henry profile as the top free-agent TEs this offseason, likely targeting deals around $10 million per season. Smith is a reliable blocker and receiver who excels after the catch, though his route tree in Tennessee largely focused on the flats and short crossing routes. A change of scenery might come with the opportunity to expand his role as a pass catcher.
Smith tallied one reception on two targets for eight yards in Week 17 against the Texans.
Ryan Tannehill targeted only 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 despite missing one game. Smith's rookie contract will expire at the conclusion of the 2020 season, but for now his focus will remain on the team's upcoming playoff matchup against the Ravens.
Smith caught three passes (seven targets) for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-14 loss to Green Bay.
Ryan Tannehill and the entire Tennessee passing attack struggled mightily in frigid conditions, but Smith was the beneficiary of the team's only passing touchdown of the contest, allowing the tight end to 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.
Smith (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest at Green Bay, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
Smith logged a midweek absence from practice Thursday, but he otherwise practiced 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.
Smith (knee) is slated to return to practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday, John Glennon of BroadwaySportsMedia.com reports.
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.
Smith recorded five receptions on five targets for 52 yards in Week 15 against the Lions.
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.
Smith recorded two receptions on two targets for 20 yards in Week 14 against the Jaguars.
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.
Smith (knee) practiced fully Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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 Week 14, but he at least has 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.
Smith (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Terry McCormick of TItanInsider.com reports.
Smith sat out Sunday's loss to the Browns after failing to practice in any fashion last week, so his limited session Wednesday was certainly a step in the right direction. If he's cleared to play this weekend against the Jaguars, Smith would have an enticing matchup versus a defense that he burned for a pair of touchdowns back in Week 2. Anthony Firkser would continue to benefit from additional snaps if Smith can't go Week 14.
Coach Mike Vrabel ruled out Smith (knee) for Sunday's game versus the Browns, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
Smith missed every practice this week as he tends to a knee injury and now will sit out for the first time this season. His significant snap share thus is slated to filter down to Geoff Swaim, Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
After failing to record a reception in last week's win over the Colts, Smith has now sat out each of the Titans' three Week 13 practices. The Titans will provide a designation for Smith later Friday, but the tight end is most likely going to sit out Sunday against the Browns for what would be his first absence of the season. If that's the case, Anthony Firkser would likely see the bulk of the snaps and targets at tight end.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
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.
Smith wasn't present at the portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
During the Titans' Week 12 win over the Colts, Smith handled a normal 75-percent snap share, and he didn't appear to be injured at any point during the contest. The Titans' first official injury report of Week 13 will be released later Wednesday, at which point more information about Smith's situation will be known.
Smith did not receive a target in Week 12 against Colts.
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 Geoff 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.
Smith recorded four receptions on six targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Ravens.
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.
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.
The athletic tight end couldn't do much through the air on a night when Ryan Tannehill threw for just 147 yards, but his first career rushing score in the second quarter helped salvage his fantasy night to an extent. Smith's 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 an 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.
Smith brought in both his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against the Bears.
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 into the end zone 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.
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