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Jonnu Smith Could Be an Under-the-Radar Free Agent Steal for the Bills

Max Staley
Jonnu Smith could be a great free-agent steal for the Buffalo Bills.
Jonnu Smith could be a great free-agent steal for the Buffalo Bills. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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With Josh Allen still playing on his rookie deal, the 2021 season might be the Buffalo Bills' best shot at winning a Super Bowl. But this team still feels like it's a piece or two away from reaching the mountaintop.

To do that, GM Brandon Beane will need to continue the impressive run he's had in free agency over the past few seasons. One great, under-the-radar addition he could make is signing Tennessee Titans' tight end Jonnu Smith.

Smith is a monster athlete. He's a size-speed freak who is capable of making some jaw-dropping plays after the catch. Tight ends like that don't hit free agency often.

But he's likely to be undervalued because of how he was utilized during his time with the Titans.

Smith was held back in Tennessee, as he was often asked to block for the team's run-first offense. In fact, Smith only ran a route on 65.8% of Tennessee's pass plays, which ranked No. 22 among tight ends. There are not 21 better pass-catching tight ends than Jonnu Smith.

If a TE-needy team like the Bills used him more as a receiver, the 25-year-old could be poised for a breakout season. He opened the 2020 campaign on a tear, averaging 6.8 targets for 4.5 receptions and 55.3 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns over his first four games. But his usage was inexplicably limited after that four-game run.

Signing Smith would raise the ceiling of the Bills' offense, and Buffalo wouldn't need to break the bank to do it. This would be yet another savvy move from a GM who has made a lot of those recently.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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