2021 NFL season: Who’ll get the most touches from loaded position groups? – NFL.com

<span class="mention" data-index="0" data-denotation-char data–entity-id="34653d72-09e5-4c2c-9599-329467174138" data–title="Jonnu Smith" data–slug="jonnu-smith" data–entity-type="customentity.player" data-value="Jonnu Smith“>Jonnu Smith will be the guy at tight end for New England. He can line up anywhere (tight end, fullback, wide receiver) and is a dynamo with the ball in his hands, which makes him a great fit for the type of role Aaron Hernandez once played in the Patriots’ offense. Smith isn’t the biggest guy, but he’s a smooth route runner who takes advantage of mismatches. <span class="mention" data-index="6" data-denotation-char data–entity-id="c877c678-ff1e-4186-998e-613f1fd67775" data–title="Hunter Henry" data–slug="hunter-henry" data–entity-type="customentity.player" data-value="Hunter Henry“>Hunter Henry fills the void left by <span class="mention" data-index="1" data-denotation-char data–entity-id="38b89040-2694-41b9-971c-eb1c2fa523c3" data–title="Rob Gronkowski" data–slug="rob-gronkowski" data–entity-type="customentity.player" data-value="Rob Gronkowski“>Rob Gronkowski as the Y tight end, if he can stay healthy. My NFL Network colleague Mike Giardi reported Henry appeared to injure his lower leg during a 7-on-7 period at Patriots minicamp on Thursday. Fortunately, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported later that the injury is not serious. Henry, who has missed 24 games over the past four seasons, needs his body to cooperate. He has a chance to rival Smith in targets and touches if he’s available. These two will be major players as big, reliable targets for whoever is under center.

A close third in the pecking order is my guy from UCLA, <span class="mention" data-index="0" data-denotation-char data–entity-id="8487a4a2-d6b5-4999-9f25-78dd1b49b242" data–title="Devin Asiasi" data–slug="devin-asiasi" data–entity-type="customentity.player" data-value="Devin Asiasi“>Devin Asiasi, who had a tough rookie season (two catches, 39 yards, one TD in nine games). He started to come on late last season and should take a sizable leap in Year 2. <span class="mention" data-index="0" data-denotation-char data–entity-id="52e00940-8f96-49d8-ae3f-8a0b20c008ff" data–title="Dalton Keene" data–slug="dalton-keene" data–entity-type="customentity.player" data-value="Dalton Keene“>Dalton Keene is another promising young tight end who could work his way onto the field in 2021. Both of these guys have no choice but to get better with the competition added this offseason, so we’ll see who rises to the occasion.

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