The top two free agents were the top two free agents available on the open market and didn’t expect them to wear the same uniform when the 2021 NFL campaign began. But now that they are, it looks like they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“He’s a big, tight end,” Smith told reporters when asked about Henry during his introductory press conference Tuesday, by the team. “I am delighted to be able to be there to fight with him, to compete with him, to improve each other.
One of the main reasons everyone is convinced it will work is that they have seen work for the Patriots before. It was a priority for Smith and Henry this week.
“I’ve seen the success the Patriots have had in the past with tight sets,” Smith said. “I’m just confident in their ability to allow us to play and put the team in a position to win.”
Henry expressed a similar sentiment on Monday.
“I just feel like we can complement each other in a cool way,” Henry said. “Obviously the Patriots are very successful with tight ends so I’m glad I can hopefully add to that. … So I’m motivated to get into the system, learn it and see how I can adapt my game to it and everything that goes with it. With Jonnu – everything. I am really excited about this.
Smith, who signed a four-year, $ 50 million contract, has just wrapped up a career campaign for the Tennessee Titans, having caught 41 passes for 448 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. Henry, 26, who signed a three-year, $ 37.5 million contract, recorded 60 receptions for 613 yards with four touchdowns in his final season with the Los Angeles Chargers. The terms of each contract differ, but Henry and Smith will earn an average annual value of $ 12.5 million per season.
Together, they will join forces in an attempt to bring the Patriots back from the dead in the tight end department. New England have placed last in the NFL in receptions each of the past two seasons.
That will change this time around, and it looks like Smith and Henry are looking forward to it.
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