TE Jonnu Smith - Tennessee Titans

6-3, 248Born: 8-22-1995College: Florida InternationalDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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2019 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 57 / 0 rec)

Tight end Jonnu Smith broke free for 51-yards from a screen pass late in the third quarter. This was just his fifth reception of the year, but Smith showed great speed to turn on the burners and get through early tackle attempts as he rumbled downfield.

2019 Week 7 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 64 / 0 rec)

Smith made three big catches in Sunday's win over the Chargers. He was the recipient of Tannehill's first pass of the game as Smith did a great job adjusting to the ball while bringing it in over his shoulder in the middle of the field for a 24-yard gain. His next catch was one of the biggest plays of the game for a Titans player. On 3rd-and-14 just after halftime, Smith caught a short pass just two yards from the line of scrimmage and should have been tackled for a short gain. Instead, Smith shed right through an arm tackle before turning upfield, shedding another arm tackle, and churning his way to a huge 35-yard gain. His final catch came within the red zone as he caught a short pass for five yards to help set up a Titans touchdown on the next play.

2019 Week 8 vs TB (7 / 6 / 78 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith flourished with an opportunity to step up given Delanie Walker's inactive status this week as Smith finished leading the Titans in all receiving categories. His first reception was a touchdown from five yards out--also the first completion of the day for Tannehill. Smith took the defense by surprise lined up wide left and ran quick slant which ended in the easy reception for the score. He did drop a short pass near the end of the first quarter, but Smith's next opportunity netted him 26 yards on the biggest pass play of the day. Tannehill found Smith with a great ball in stride as Smith hauled it in over the shoulder and took a big hit, but held on to the ball to complete the catch. Smith was called for a false start penalty to lead off the second half, but he made up for it with a short six-yard reception on the next play. Smith would play a big role in the game-winning touchdown drive as he led it off with a 17-yard screen pass where he picked up extra yards after nearly being tripped up. Two plays later, Smith was wide open down the seam for another big gain of 20 yards as he accounted for the first 37-yards of this critical drive.

2019 Week 10 vs KC (6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith led the Titans in receptions with four but amassed just 30 yards on what was a very low volume passing day for this offense. Smith's longest play of the game came on a short screen pass in the second quarter as Smith fought for extra yards to complete a nine-yard gain. Smith also had a 20-yard reception called back due to a holding penalty on the offensive line.

2019 Week 14 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)

His first was a screen pass on the first drive that went nowhere as the Raiders defense saw it coming. His second was a short route over the middle on which he picked up 10 yards and a first down. His third was his highlight of the game as Smith battled very tough coverage to bring in a jump ball while falling backward in the end zone, scoring from 17 yards out.

2019 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 57 / 0 rush)

Jonnu Smith was absent from the Titans offense in the first half, with the exception of a spectacular defensive play to catch up to Whitney Mercilus to make a touchdown-saving tackle after a Tannehill interception. The second half was another story for Smith as he gained all 117 of his all-purpose yards. That big half started in an unorthodox way as the Titans drew up a running play for Smith, who took a toss from Tannehill and found room to run on the right sideline. Smith showed incredible acceleration as he streaked down the field for what ended up being a 57-yards gain, the longest run play of the day and the longest run by any tight end in over 40 years. On the next drive, Smith caught his first pass of the game on a screen to the left side of the field for 10 yards. Smith led off the fourth quarter with a 16-yard catch, then hauled in another big reception of 17 yards to start off the following drive. That 17-yard reception looked like it was going nowhere as the defensive back put a nice hit on Smith at the line of scrimmage, but Smith basically ran right through the tackle attempt and proceeded downfield for the first down. Smith's last three receptions came on sequential plays to open up the last meaningful Titans drive of the game, with his best play being a 23-yard reception over the middle of the field.

2019 Week 16 vs NO (4 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith's day got started with a bang as his first touch of the game was a 41-yard touchdown, the second-longest play of the game for this Titans offense. The defense bit on play action while Smith ran a great route down the seam to find himself wide open in the middle of the field. Smith then showed that spectacular acceleration, even outrunning cornerback Marshon Lattimore on his way to the end zone. Smith would lead off the following drive with another nice play as he caught a short pass just about a yard from the line of scrimmage, but got the advantage of a terrible angle taken by the Saints defender as Smith accelerated down the left sideline for a 17-yard gain.

2019 Week 18 vs NE (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith caught the first pass of the game for the Titans--a short pass for nine yards. That was his only involvement in the offense beyond a false start penalty later on that same drive in the first quarter.

2019 Week 19 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith had minimal involvement with just two catches for 12 yards, but he did score the first touchdown of the game with a highlight-reel one-handed catch in the left corner of the end zone from 12 yards out. It was a third-and-goal play, and Smith was very well covered on his route. He stayed focused on the ball though, and after getting one hand on it, Smith batted the ball back to himself, obtained control, and got two feet down while falling backwards out of the end zone.

2018 Week 1 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith was targeted only three times in limited snaps, with two of those targets coming after the injury to Delanie Walker. Smith hauled in one target for 12 yards on a nice route across the middle. Smith will assume the role as a starter with Delanie Walker sidelined.

2018 Week 2 vs HOU (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith was expected to take a step forward this week with the absence of Delanie Walker, but he was not involved in the Titans offense at all this week with zero targets. While part of this can be attributed to the lack of a passing offense overall with Blaine Gabbert under center, it was disappointing for Smith to see fellow tight end Luke Stocker see more targets (2) while Smith was not used at all despite running a few routes.

2018 Week 3 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith finished with just two targets as the Titans continue to give looks to tight Luke Stocker. Despite the talent, Smith is not living up to what many would hope would be at least partially filling the shoes of Delanie Walker.

2018 Week 9 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith managed to haul in both targets in this game as he found the end zone for the first time this season. His first reception came to start the second half as Smith was wide open in the middle of the field for Mariota to hit him with a 26-yard pass. On the following drive, Smith was the recipient of a masterful shovel pass from Marcus Mariota off the zone read, hauling in the catch through heavy traffic before powering his way into the end zone for the seven-yard score. Smith's day could have been even better had Mariota found him streaking down the field wide open in the first half, but Mariota missed the read and Smith's efforts fell short on that play.

2018 Week 10 vs NE (3 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)

Smith was targeted just three times but hauled in all three of them with the first reception getting him into the end zone from the red zone for the second straight game. Smith did a nice job keeping an eye on his quarterback to roll to the right with Mariota as Smith got just enough separation to be wide open for the easy catch. Smith's next reception came as he was lined up wide right and ran a simple stop route, but used his big stature to shed the first tackler before turning upfield for over 20 more yards after the catch for a big 29-yard gain--the longest reception of the day for any Titans receiver.

2018 Week 11 vs IND (8 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith saw his increased usage in this Titans passing offense continue this week as he was targeted a team-leading eight times, hauling in six of them for 44 yards. Smith was a dink and dunk machine here as all six of his receptions came on very short routes of less than 10 yards. Regardless, the usage and number of routes ran in this game is encouraging for Smith's future, as he doubled his previous career-high of three receptions and has now amassed at least 30 receiving yards in three straight games.

2018 Week 12 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith hauled in both of his targets, with one of those being the longest play of the night for the Titans. On the Titans' second drive of the game, Smith nabbed a routine short pass just three yards from the line of scrimmage, but he then proceeded to show spectacular acceleration for a player of his size to sprint down the middle of the field nearly 50 yards before he was even touched. Smith ran right through the attempted arm tackle of a Texans defensive back as his momentum carried him right into the end zone for an impressive 61-yard touchdown that came 100% from the effort of Smith.

2018 Week 13 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith had a quiet day highlighted by continued effort displayed after the catch. Smith's first catch of the game wasn't until after halftime as he hauled in a reception near the line of scrimmage before powering downfield for an 11-yard gain. Smith would rack up more impressive yards after the catch on a screen pass late in the third quarter. He did drop a ball in the end zone to close out that drive, wasting his only red zone look of the day as Anthony Firkser ended with more receptions than Smith with an equal three targets each.

2018 Week 14 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury early in this week's game.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)

Rookie tight end Jonnu Smith hauled in his first two career receptions here, each of which yielded polar opposite results. Smith's first career reception went for negative yards as he was stuffed at the line of scrimmage. His second reception, however, was a very successful screen that allowed Smith to show his speed and burst for 32 yards, weaving between blockers, for his first career touchdown and Mariota's only passing touchdown of the day. Smith does not see much playing time, and should not be expected to when playing behind Delanie Walker.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 24 / 1 rec)

Jonnu Smith found the end zone again this week, scoring his second touchdown of the season and third of his career. The touchdown came on Smith's only reception of the game. Smith was lined up at fullback for the first time in the game, completely fooling the Seahawks defense by sneaking out to the flats on the right side for a wide open 24-yard touchdown reception to cap the Titans second touchdown drive of the game. Smith was only targeted twice and did not run many routes at all compared to snaps on which he was in a pure blocking role.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (5 / 5 / 21 / 0 rec)

Jonnu Smith led the team in receptions as he hauled in all five of his targets for a meager total of 21 yards. Smith was commonly left uncovered as the Dolphins focused on more notable pass-catchers, leaving him as an easy option for Cassel to find for easy completions. Smith was called for a questionable pass interference penalty that cost Delanie Walker a big touchdown pass early in this game.