Patriots GameDay: 3 best bets to play big vs Titans in Week 12

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2. Jonnu Smith finally shows his value in the New England Patriots offense

Could Week 12 be the week New England Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith finally breaks out and has a big game?

Well, fans have been waiting to see the tight end produce and what better time to do it than against his former team. With Hunter Henry questionable with a neck injury, it is a sure bet that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will draw up some plays his way.

Will Smith be prepared and take advantage of his opportunities against a Tennessee Titans team that obviously knows him well?

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Despite his lack of production through the first 11 weeks with his new team, Titans safety Kevin Byard knows what Smith is capable of and knows his defense has to be ready to take on the two tight end duo of Henry and Smith if both are able to go.

"“He’s [Jonnu Smith] going to be a huge challenge for us,” Byard said, via “Anytime he has the ball in his hands he has the chance to go 80 yards or whatever that may be. Hunter Henry is playing really well for those guys as well. Two really good tight ends and I am really excited about the challenge to go cover both of them.”"

With the Titans’ defense focused on containing the run and getting pressure on Mac Jones, this is the type of game Smith should excel as a quick outlet option for the rookie quarterback.  Expect a couple of big plays out of Jonnu Smith in this Week 12 AFC battle with the Titans.