However the offense takes shape, Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, the team’s highest-paid and most established weapons, will be featured. They are the rock upon which Bill Belichick has rebuilt his offense. And offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels isn’t discouraged whatsoever by their lack of time together this summer.
The story went on to say signing Henry and Smith was an organizational recommitment to reclaiming the middle of the field, where the Patriots have drawn battle lines for two decades. Belichick has preached winning between the numbers since his days coaching in Cleveland. If Henry and Smith succeed in the box and down the seam, Jones will thrive. Smith and Henry were banged up a lot during camp and missed valuable time, so it remains to be seen how quick the team can turn to this offense and have success. We have Smith ranked higher but, based on this story, it's possible Henry could turn into a sneaky pick and play this season.
A rather pedestrian day for the Patriots rookie, but he didn't need to do much, thanks to the Patriots defense. At the very least, Jones has been taking care of the football, as he has zero turnovers in two games, certainly better than other top rookies to this point. This week, he faces a Saints defense that is already banged up and saw the effects of that at the hands of Sam Darnold, of all people, in Week 2. Jones may not light up the Saints, but he'll keep the Patriots offense in contention throughout, though that may not always translate into big fantasy points.