Jonnu Smith Hints at Exciting Role In Patriots New-Look Offense
Jonnu Smith may try a new role with the New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick brought him to Foxboro in free agency. NFL experts say he is one of the best addition for the team in the offseason. Smith is one of the best tight ends in the NFL but he may try something else in New England.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has some few tricks to try and Smith will give him a hand in the process.
The versatile tight end talked about this following the simulated game inside Gillette Stadium. He dropped a few hints and fans have at least one good reason to believe that he will try something else in the regular season.
“I’m just excited to be able to use my ability to its fullest potential,” Smith said. “Even touch some areas where maybe I do some things I’ve never done before. Kind of scratch the surface here and see what lies beneath.”
Jonnu Smith to try a new role with the Patriots
Smith is a highly versatile player. He lined up all over the formation with the Tennessee Titans. He also took occasional handoffs out of the backfield.
The veteran has carried the ball six times for 81 yards and a touchdown in his four-year career. This includes a 57-yard dash against the Houston Texans in the 2019 NFL season.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Smith was “probably the best in the league” at generating yards right after the catch.
Numbers say it all. Smith ranked in the top three among all tight ends in YAC/reception in each of the last two years as noted by NFL Next Gen Stats.
The Patriots packed their tight end unit with enough talent. Belichick signed Smith and Hunter Henry in free agency. Smith didn’t see much action this spring and skipped voluntary OTAS as he tweaked his hamstring early in mandatory camp. However, he is a full participant in training camp. Yes, Belichick signed him for a reason. The new-look Patriots have a high chance to make the Super Bowl in 2021.