Jonnu Smith doesn’t worry about his role, feels “thankful” he’s in the position he is

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When tight end Jonnu Smith signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Patriots in the offseason, most of the focus was on the impact he’d make in the passing game.

Smith was coming off career highs across the board — 41 catches for 448 yards and eight touchdowns — as a receiver in 2020, but he hasn’t produced at the same level that he did in Tennessee. Smith has seen a lot of time as a blocker while playing half the offensive snaps and catching 22 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown.

That’s not the role many envisioned for Smith, but it isn’t one he’s complaining about as he prepares for this Sunday’s matchup with his former team. Smith said he has “no reason to put my head down” about doing what coaches are asking for him to do in the offense.

“I’m thankful I’m in the position that I am,” Smith said, via Nicole Yang of the Boston Globe. “Whatever it is I’m called or asked to do, that’s just always been the player I’ve been. I don’t necessarily worry about the role. I just embrace it. I’m not going to worry about the role.”

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said this week that it takes some players longer to find their way in the team’s offensive system, so Smith’s time may still come this year and a trip to the playoffs would create even more opportunities for the breakout game that has eluded Smith to this point.

9 responses to “Jonnu Smith doesn’t worry about his role, feels “thankful” he’s in the position he is

  1. They thought they were getting an ascending player he hasn’t lived up to that he still looks very raw in the offseason I expect they will explore a trade.

  2. As long as he is progressing all all is good. That will put him on schedule for a great finish to the season…. hopefully in February!!!

  3. Yeah, I wouldn’t worry about the balance and layers this team has on offense or defense right now.

    They have a rookie qb who can only improve on a rookie deal, too.

  4. Let’s not forget Jonnu Smith is working with a progressing and developing rookie QB in Mac Jones. It’s not necessarily Jonnu’s skills in question,it’s more of he’s simply not getting the looks. Jonnu understands he’s working with a rookie QB and he’s showing a great deal of patience. The catches,yards and TDs will come.

  5. He also blew off the voluntary offseason workouts and pulled a hammy on Day 2 of the mandatories. He has the skillset, he needs maturity.

  6. Angel Valle says:
    November 24, 2021 at 7:51 am
    They thought they were getting an ascending player he hasn’t lived up to that he still looks very raw in the offseason I expect they will explore a trade.

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    Umm, no. Was Hernandez dealt in 2011? Maybe he should have been as that’s another story, but Henry isn’t exactly Mr Iron man.

    TE is a very hard spot to get right.

    By signing two quality vets there, it secures how they want to run their offense.

    It’s fascinating to me how people don’t want two good players in one role and can’t wait to get rid of the one who has started slower than the other.

    Makese no sense. Smith could be a postseason dynamo for all we know.

  7. Smith will come on stronger as the year goes on both as he gains more comfort in the Pats extremely complicated system, and as Hunter Henry takes more and more pressure off him since I expect he’s often going to be double covered moving forwards.

  8. He is coming from a west coast offense to the EP system they run in New England, so he might have trouble translating the calls . It makes sense it would take him some time to truly get up to speed and not have to think out there as much.

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