Jonnu Smith is a “beast,” according to Adrian Phillips

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Jonnu Smith didn’t attend the voluntary portion of the Patriots’ offseason workouts. The tight end, who signed a four-year deal worth $50 million with the Patriots in March, was on hand Monday for his new team’s minicamp.

Smith, though, didn’t make it to the completion of practice, leaving with an apparent hamstring injury.

Patriots safety Adrian Phillips, though, knows what Smith brings to the Patriots.

“He was a beast, and he still is a beast,” Phillips said, via Zack Cox of NESN. “That’s what I got from that. When you watched him play (with) the Titans, you see a guy who can literally run everything. His route tree is wide-open. And then he gets here and you see that firsthand in practice, it’s just crazy. He moves like a receiver, but he’s big, he’s fast and it’s a real matchup problem.”

Smith caught eight touchdown passes in his final season with Tennessee. The Titans made Smith a third-round choice in 2017, and he has 114 catches for 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career.

6 responses to “Jonnu Smith is a “beast,” according to Adrian Phillips

  1. I never thought this when he was with the Titans but now that he’s here, I have to say this guy could be as good as Gronk in his prime just faster.

  2. He’s not wrong.

    I’m not a Titans fan but started watching Smith because of fantasy football, and the guy is a terrific player. Great blocker, great pass catcher, very good YAC ability.

    I think he’ll be one of the most impactful players of the last few free agency classes. I wish my team could have signed him.

  3. As a Titans fan who has never missed being at or watching a game I can say that Smith is just a decent tightend. His blocking is awful, that is why he was not on the field for any running plays. Great route running and end zone target though. If I was a Patriots fan I would be more excited for Hunter Henry. He can catch everything but also is a good blocker.

  4. Gronk was a blocker and a pass catcher. Hernandez was a pass catcher. Henry/Smith has a similar breakdown. The Two TE Set is back, but I think the WR group may have a chance to be a difference maker.

    In 2010 the Patriots WR’s were Brandon Tate and Wes Welker. (#1 Offense, # 8 Defense)
    In 2011 the Patriots WR’s were Deion Branch 2.0 and Wes Welker. (#3 Offense, #15 Defense)
    In 2012 the Patriots WR’s were Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker (#1 Offense, #10 Defense)

    ***That 2011 Defense was probably the worst defense to ever make the Super Bowl. #15 was an illusion based on Brady’s game management, where he dragged them to the Super Bowl.

    The best of the rest of the receivers were:

    Dante Stallworth
    Tiquan Underwood
    Chad Johnson
    Early Edelman
    Randy Moss’s last season where he was not going full speed
    Brandon LaFell

    It wasn’t that great.

    There is a good chance that Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, and Jakobi Meyers, along with someone from the Olszewski, Harry, Hall, Zuber, Wilkerson, Nixon group breaking out and contributing, can be as good of a WR group along with the two TE’s as was had in the 2010-2012 time frame when the Patriots ran the Two TE Set offense. So on balance, it could be as good as those 2010-2012 offenses if they have solid, accurate QB play. The Defense will be very good and Special Teams will be solid if they get reliable FG kicking. Given their coaching experience, they should be competitive with most teams. The issue will be if and when they can get so many new players all pulling the oar in the same direction, and if they can reach that point that experienced teams have where they can make zen like decisions in crunch time because they all know each other so well. I will say that based on what I have seen from off season workouts, participation, and interviews, there is a very positive vibe bubbling up under these guys. You can hear it in their voices, and see it in the rejuvenated coaching staff. More will be revealed….

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