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TE Jonnu Smith
STATUS: Unrestricted Free Agent
6-3 | 248 lbs
COLLEGE: FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
HOMETOWN: OCALA, FLA.
ACQUIRED: 3RD ROUND - 2017
NFL EXPERIENCE (NFL/TITANS): 4/4
GAMES PLAYED/GAMES STARTED: 60/53 (PLAYOFFS: 6/5)
The Titans selected Jonnu Smith in the third round (100th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3-inch, 248-pound tight end participated in every game as a rookie and ranked fifth among rookie tight ends in receptions (18). In 2018, he set then single-season career highs in every receiving category before having his second season cut short due to a knee injury. Smith played a pivotal role in the Titans' playoff berth in 2019, amassing career-highs with 35 receptions and 439 receiving yards. The Florida International product possesses the ability to flash after the catch and has the speed to attack all three levels of the field. He is also known for his strength and willingness to block in the run game.
• In 2019, Smith ranked fourth on the team with a career-best 35 receptions, third on the squad with a career-high 439 receiving yards and tied a career-best with three receiving touchdowns.
• In 2018, Smith set then single-season career highs in receptions (20), receiving yards (258), receiving long (61t), and receiving touchdowns (3) despite missing the final three contests due to injury. His three receiving touchdowns ranked second on the squad.
• During the 2017 regular season, Smith was one of three rookie tight ends to appear in all 16 games (Gerald Everett and David Njoku) and one of two rookie tight ends with at least 13 starts (O.J. Howard). His 18 receptions, which resulted in 157 yards and two touchdowns, ranked fifth among all rookie tight ends.
• Smith finished his career as Florida International's all-time leader for tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. Smith ended his career ranking fourth on the school's career receptions list and fifth on the program's receiving yardage list. His 18 career receiving touchdowns rank third in school annals.
• As a sophomore (2014), led all college tight ends with 61 receptions, 710 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches.
• Smith credits his mother, Karen, for his successes. Jonnu's father passed away as a result of a tow truck accident when he was four years old and his mother raised all six children by herself. "My mother is my rock. It was tough, but we always got what we needed—not necessarily what we wanted all the time—but what we needed. She was so strong all the time."
• Smith endured a lot of challenges as a youngster in Philadelphia and after his brother was arrested and one of his friends was killed on the streets, a decision needed to be made. His family didn't have the financial means to just uproot, so for his own safety Jonnu moved in with his mother's sister and brother-in-law, Darla and Mike Kirkland, in Ocala, Fla. He started playing high school football and even though he was far from a touted recruit, he earned a scholarship to Florida International where his play took off.
• Smith's best friend Willie "Quasim" Jefferson tragically died from a gun shot in October 2016. Jonnu gave his son the middle name Quasim in honor of him.
• The Philadelphia, Pa., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (100th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.