FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jonnu Smith wasn’t looking for a fresh start as much as a place to burnish his reputation as one of the league’s top tight ends when he left the Tennessee Titans and signed with the New England Patriots prior to last season.
A person familiar with the deal says the Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran tight end Austin Hooper.
The Titans announced new contracts with veteran cornerback Buster Skrine and running back Jordan Wilkins on Friday.
TENNESSEE TITANS (12-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: ILB Jayon Brown, TE Anthony Firkser, ILB Rashaan Evans, K Randy Bullock, RB D'Onta Foreman, RB Dontrell Hilliard, WR Marcus Johnson, LB Nick Dzubnar, S Mattias Farley, TE MyCole Pruitt, WR Cameron Batson, CB Buster Skrine, OLB Ola Adeniyi, S Dane Cruikshank, CB Greg Mabin, LB B.J.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith wasn’t disgruntled when he left Tennessee in free agency after four years last offseason.
He was simply looking for a place to in his words, “start a new chapter” and make “a fresh start on the journey.”
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The numbers are less than flattering.
The New England Patriots head into Sunday’s game with the New York Jets ranked 27th in rushing offense, 26th in total offense, 24th in points per game and 19th in passing offense.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy is out for Sunday's matchup with the Jets with a throat injury.
An abdomen issue will also sideline kicker Quinn Nordin. The undrafted rookie was a healthy scratch for last week's opener against Miami.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing that was apparent watching the Patriots offense last season was the lack of dependable pass catching options quarterback Cam Newton had at his disposal.
It was a point of emphasis in the offseason, one that coach Bill Belichick sought to improve with the addition of tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-9)
New faces: QB Mac Jones, TE Jonnu Smith, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor, WR Kendrick Bourne, DT Davon Godchaux, LB Matt Judon, DB Jalen Mills, DL Henry Anderson, LB Kyle Van Noy, DL Christian Barmore, DE Ronnie Perkins, special assistant Matt Patricia.
TENNESSEE TITANS (11-6)
New faces: WR Julio Jones, LB Bud Dupree, CB Jackrabbit Jenkins, DL Denico Autry, CB Caleb Farley, CB Elijah Molden, WR Josh Reynolds, LB Rashad Weaver, OT Dillon Radunz, LS Morgan Cox, OT Kendall Lamm, K Sam Ficken.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Questions and more questions.
The Patriots still have a lot of things to iron out on offense before the start of the regular season.
Cam Newton looked close to locking up the starting job at quarterback last week, but a COVID-19 testing mishap left him sidelined to begin this week.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One of the most significant upgrades for the Patriots offense this offseason was at tight end with the additions of free agents Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.
Their production on their previous teams — 121 catches and 10 touchdowns between them over the past two seasons for the Titans and Chargers — instantly conjured up comparisons to the “Boston TE Party” tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez that the Patriots had from 2010 to 2012.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Jonnu Smith struggled to contain his tears earlier this offseason shortly after signing a free-agent contract with the Patriots.
Those emotions were again on display Wednesday as the tight end walked off the field after his first training camp practice with his new team.
TENNESSEE TITANS (11-6)
CAMP SITE: Nashville, Tennessee
LAST YEAR: Derrick Henry carried the Titans once again, this time to the franchise's first AFC South title since 2008. The AP and NFL Offensive Player of the Year not only repeated as the NFL rushing leader, Henry became the eighth man to run for at least 2,000 yards in league history with a total of 2,027 yards that ranks fifth-most all-time.
BOSTON (AP) — Jonnu Smith’s NFL career hasn’t been short on highlights.
His first experience with free agency wasn’t without its share of tears...
BOSTON (AP) — David Andrews says he's staying in New England.
The Patriots' free agent center confirmed NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are keeping a pair of tight ends, agreeing to terms with Anthony Firkser and Geoff Swaim on one-year deals each...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are keeping a pair of tight ends, agreeing to terms with Anthony Firkser and Geoff Swaim on one-year deals each...
BOSTON (AP) — The Patriots have agreed to sign free agent tight end Jonnu Smith in their biggest move to date to fill the void created by the departure of Rob Gronkowski...