Sunday's game vs. the New Orleans Saints was one to forget for the New England Patriots, especially Jonnu Smith.
The Patriots tight end, who signed a four-year contract worth $50 million this past offseason, dropped a handful of passes and caught only one of his six targets. His worst moment came at the start of the second half, when he tipped a Mac Jones pass into the hands of Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins for a pick-six.
Smith owned up to his critical mistake on Monday.
“Mac threw a catchable ball, Mac did everything right,” he told reporters. “I’ve just got to make that play that I know I can make and that I will make when the opportunity presents itself.”
Through the first three games of the campaign, Smith hasn't exactly lived up to his hefty price tag. The ex-Tennessee Titan has 10 catches on 16 targets for 74 yards and zero touchdowns.
Despite the less-than-ideal start, he's taking a positive attitude into Week 4.
“You know I got to have a certain level of honesty with myself in the mirror, man,” Smith said. “But the great thing about it is I have another opportunity. I didn’t put my best product and myself out there yesterday. I know that, the whole world knows that. But, you know, I know the player I am, I’m confident in the player I am, and I’m just looking forward to moving forward.”
Smith will look to have a bounce-back performance when the Patriots welcome Tom Brady home on Sunday night. Kickoff for Patriots-Buccaneers is set for 8:20 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.