NFL Insider Tips Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith to Shine for New England Patriots

Published 03/17/2021, 7:29 PM EDT


The 2020 NFL season ended on a sour note for New England Patriots and their massive fanbase. The six-time Super Bowl winners finished third in their division behind Miami Dolphins with a 7-9 record. Hence, coach Belichick and owner Robert Kraft have wasted no time this summer as they’ve made some big free agent signings in the last couple of days. The latest player to arrive in Boston is 26-year-old tight end, Hunter Henry.

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The former Los Angeles Chargers player reportedly put pen to paper on a three-year $37.5 million deal, including $25 million in guarantees. Henry will join Jonnu Smith as the second tight end to be signed by the Patriots this week. But what does this mean for New England as they step up their pursuit to get back in the NFL Playoff conversation?

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Hunter Henry is the latest free agent to sign for New England Patriots

NFL Network reporter Cynthia Frelund gave her two cents on the situation involving Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry at New England Patriots. She said, “He (Hunter Henry) is a downfield threat. He has 36 receptions and six touchdowns and targets of 10 plus air yards that rank sixth amongst tight ends. And remember, he missed a bunch of games.”

Also, she further added that the two young tight ends will prove to be offensive threats for the Patriots in the coming months.

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What does this mean? It means you could put them both together. They go different in different areas. They’re used in different ways, but their targets in the end zone are what you’re going to want to look at here 25 times over the last two seasons between the two of them. Patriots tight ends over the past two seasons, three such targets. That’s a big uptick next season,” Frelund said on the show.

Former Tennessee Titans man Jonnu Smith signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Patriots with $31.25 million in guarantees. As a result, he is now the third highest-paid TE in the league behind only George Kittle and Travis Kelce.

With Cam Newton calling the shots, and new wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, coach Belichick is not holding back this summer. Now, it seems like the Patriots are going Super Bowl or bust and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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