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Patriots tight end Jonnu Smith, left, can't hold onto the ball as Saints defenderMalcolm Jenkins breaks up the play in the second quarter.

Yesterday’s performance wasn’t exactly what the Patriots had in mind when they invested $50 million in Jonnu Smith this offseason. The 26-year-old had just one catch on six targets with three drops, one of which turned into a backbreaking pick six.

The game was a bit of a speedbump for Smith, who played well in the team’s first two games. Against the Dolphins and the Jets, he totaled nine catches for 70 yards. For a Patriots offense that is already having issues maxing out its efficiency, having Smith fall off the way he did on Sunday is crushing.

“I’ve got to have a certain level of honesty with myself in the mirror, man,” Smith said when speaking to the media Monday afternoon. “I didn’t put my best product of myself out there yesterday. I know that, the whole world knows that.”

Asked specifically about the pick six, Smith took full responsibility for the play, deflecting any blame from rookie quarterback Mac Jones. “Mac threw a catchable ball, Mac did everything right. I’ve just got to make that play that I know I can make and that I will make when the opportunity presents itself,” he explained. ” Mac, he didn’t do anything wrong, it’s on not on his end, I put that on myself. Every ball he threw to me yesterday was catchable, catches that I’ve made, that I know I can make and unfortunately just couldn’t come up with them.”

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