Norwood was targeted 35 times in 2016, tallying 21 catches, 232 yards and a touchdown. He returned 25 punts for 204 yards and another three kicks for 65 yards. Norwood's punt returning ability was an asset during the Broncos' Super Bowl run, and he even set a Super Bowl record for longest punt return. That element of his game became a liability in 2016 as he fumbled five times down the stretch, losing three. Two of those losses came in Denver's overtime defeat against the Chiefs in Week 13. Norwood was the Broncos' third most prolific wide receiver in 2016, a title that carries little weight given his competition. Based on his issues with ball security in 2016 and younger options available, it wouldn't be a surprise if Norwood's days in Denver are over.
Norwood caught three of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints. It was Norwood's third game with at least three catches, no other Denver back-up receiver has more than one such game. The No. 3 receiver job in Denver doesn't mean what it used to during the Manning years, now with an inexperienced quarterback and more conservative play-caller in Gary Kubiak, but Norwood also showed in Week 9 in Oakland that the job can still be met with the occasional big play or touchdown.
Norwood tallied five catches on seven targets for 39 yards, 46 yards on two kick returns and 16 yards on a pair of punt returns in Thursday's 21-13 loss to the Chargers. The veteran was surprisingly second on the Broncos with seven targets, which also represented his season best in that category by far. Norwood's modest 39-yard output was also a high-water mark on the campaign, but it's important to note that the added involvement came on a night when Trevor Siemian threw a career-high 50 passes. Norwood has failed to record a catch in two other contests this season, so his limited fantasy value will continue to mainly stem from his special teams work.
Norwood snagged two of three targets for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to Atlanta. Norwood remains in a battle for the Broncos' No. 3 receiver job with Bennie Fowler, still nursing an elbow injury, his primary competitor. In the three weeks since Fowler's return, Norwood has had the upper hand with four total catches off of seven targets for 48 yards as compared to Fowler's three catches off of six targets for 26 yards
Norwood converted both of his targets for 25 total yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. Norwood returned to the thick of the action on Sunday after being held catchless in Week 3. Norwood has been far from dynamic thus far this season, with just five catches to his name, but with no established No. 3 receiver in Denver that total is good for fifth best on the team and third among receivers. Assuming he can hold off Cody Latimer and Benny Fowler as the season progresses, Norwood could carve out a small role for himself as Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch improve.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|6||10/16||New York Giants||13||21.29|
|7||10/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|8||10/31||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|10||11/13||New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|14||12/10||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|17||12/31||Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||34||22||220||0||10||10.00||22|