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I heard on the radio that Henry was an excellent blocker or at least came into that role this season. I wasn’t sure either as I remember Henry being less of a blocker and more of a receiving TE. But not a Hernandez type of athlete. Either way, Belichick sees something.

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3 minutes ago, devaster said:

I heard on the radio that Henry was an excellent blocker or at least came into that role this season. I wasn’t sure either as I remember Henry being less of a blocker and more of a receiving TE. But not a Hernandez type of athlete. Either way, Belichick sees something.

I've read writer opinions on both guys and both were praised at times as blockers, so this is accurate.  I don't expect either to be a Hernandez type, and they probably got paid what they did bc BB wants that dimension.    

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55 minutes ago, Flyman75 said:

Well, might be semantics, but bigger and faster doesn't make him the athlete Hernandez was. And I wasn't trying to speak in absolutes about Hernandez vs Jonnu...Smith may very well be every bit the athlete Hernandez was and just hasn't had the opportunity to show it. But when I watch Jonnu, I see a TE moving like a TE. Fast for sure, but Hernandez was just different. I remember him moving like a WR and remember him even being referred to more as a huge slot WR than an actual TE. Even if Jonnu is the same type athlete, this isn't the same offense and the GOAT isn't QBing the Pats, so it's still an apples-oranges deal to me. 

We're definitely in agreement with the two being signed. The perplexing part for me is Henry signing with them after Jonnu signed. I guess I envisioned Henry signing somewhere that would make him the cut-and-dry lead TE. Maybe NE has talked to both of them and told them that Jonnu will be split out into a slot position more than a TE position, leaving Henry as more of the traditional TE? 

My initial reaction is that this is terrible for both in fantasy terms, but maybe it works itself out. 

 

I don't think there was any advance agreement made about roles with either guy.  Both seem like they got fairly generous contracts given the cap situation and are just going where the money is.  They're now the #3 and #4 best paid TEs in the league behind Kittle and Kelce and both got good amounts of guaranteed money.  No need to over-complicate things with theories about secret handshake agreements before they signed. 

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I don't think we're talking Gronk/Hernandez levels but I can absolutely see Jonnu and Henry coexisting as TE1s in fantasy when both are healthy.

Not that that is a hard bar to clear, but something to think about when trying to decide if Tyler Higbee or Irv Smith are really worth that 7th rounder or if you want to just snag a backup RB there.

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5 catches on 5 targets for 42 was a decent season opener.

I just hate how Henry is very much involved. I'm just not sure if Mac Jones will be good enough his rookie year to support both of them. I fear they may cannibalize each others production.

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9 minutes ago, gmoneypm said:

5 catches on 5 targets for 42 was a decent season opener.

I just hate how Henry is very much involved. I'm just not sure if Mac Jones will be good enough his rookie year to support both of them. I fear they may cannibalize each others production.

Idk their wrs are not overly impressive. 

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Playing in 3/4ths of the snaps is encouraging but Jones spread the ball around way too much to make a definitive answer. I like Jonnu and targeted him pretty heavily in the later rounds but it'll take a couple weeks for this offense to get sorted out.

That being said, knowing the TE landscape he is surely to be a weekly starter at the least I would think.

 

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