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2021 Receiving

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Top Albert Okwuegbunam News

  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Nearing return

    Okwuegbunam (hamstring) is expected to return to practice following the Broncos' Week 7 matchup with Washington, Ben Swanson of the team's official website reports.

    Okwuegbunam has been on IR since Oct. 9. While he is expected to return to practice in the upcoming week, head coach Vic Fangio is uncertain whether he will be able to return in Week 9. Okwuegbunam projects primarily as a special-teams contributor when healthy.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Goes on IR

    Okwuegbunam (hamstring) has been placed on IR by the Broncos.

    With Okwuegbunam slated to miss as least three games, Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck are candidates in the meantime to see increased roles behind Denver's top tight end Noah Fant.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Out for Week 5, may end up on IR

    Okwuegbunam (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

    Zac Stevens of reports that the Broncos have yet to make a decision on whether or not to place Okwuegbunam on injured reserve. Expect Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck to see increased roles behind Noah Fant in Week 5.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Not practicing Thursday

    Okwuegbunam (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

    Okuwegbunam suffered his hamstring injury during Wednesday's practice and was unable to take the field Thursday. His status for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh is in question, while Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck will likely see increased roles if the 23-year-old is ruled out.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Nursing hamstring injury

    Okwuegbunam was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    Okwuegbunam apparently picked up the injury during the Broncos' loss to the Ravens on Sunday, when he caught one of two targets for 11 yards on 15 offensive snaps. The 2020 fourth-round pick should be able to avoid an injury designation for Week 5 if he can progress to full practice participation within the next couple days.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Catches one pass

    Okwuegbunam recorded one reception on two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Ravens.

    Okwuegbunam played on just 26 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, which marks his lowest snap share of the season thus far. Starting tight end Noah Fant, however, was on the field for 93 percent of the team's offensive plays, soaked up a team-high 10 targets and scored a touchdown. Denver struggled to get things going on offense against Baltimore, rendering the passing game mostly ineffective outside of Fant's trip to the end zone. As the No. 2 tight end, Okwuegbunam will find it difficult to see consistent usage and production, but mounting injuries to Denver's receiving corps may open up more looks for the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder going forward. The Broncos head to Pittsburgh in Week 5, a game that may feature Drew Lock at quarterback if Teddy Bridgewater is forced to miss additional time with a concussion.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Catches one pass in win

    Okwuegbunam caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 26-0 win over the Jets.

    Okwuegbunam was essentially a nonfactor in the Broncos' blowout win over Jets. Week 3 marks the first time the second-year tight end did not record multiple targets and receptions. With injuries to key pass-catchers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler, it is plausible that Okwuegbunam may see a modest increase in his passing-game usage while they miss time. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old remains largely off the fantasy radar ahead of a Week 4 matchup against the Ravens.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Catches four passes

    Okwuegbunam secured all four of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 23-13 win over the Jaguars.

    Through two weeks, Okwuegbunam's involvement in the Denver offense has remained consistent. The 23-year-old played 56 percent of offensive snaps in Week 1 and 54 percent in Week 2. It appears the Broncos' coaching staff is staying true to their desire to get the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder more involved in his second year. Even so, Okwuegbunam is hard to trust in fantasy lineups as he will likely be dependent on touchdowns to provide any sort of value. The tight end's best path to production would come if starter Noah Fant ever has to miss time with an injury. Okwuegbunam and the Broncos get a soft matchup against the Jets in Week 3.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Hits pay dirt in win

    Okwuegbunam caught all three his targets for 16 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Giants.

    Okwuegbunam also lost a fumble at the Giants' six-yard line late in the first half. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder operated as the No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant and was efficient with limited opportunities while playing on 56 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Okwuegbunam flashed his impressive athleticism on his one-yard touchdown as he dove for the pylon for the score. The 23-year-old already was a candidate to take a step forward in Denver's offense, so his Week 1 performance should provide the coaching staff with some confidence that he can be a weapon for the Broncos. Fantasy managers, however, should take a cautious approach with the second-year tight end, as it may be difficult for him to see consistent usage in the passing game. Okwuegbunam gets a chance to build upon this outing with a Week 2 matchup against a porous Jaguars secondary.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Could see role increase

    Okwuegbunam could see an increased role early in the season, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

    With starting tight end Noah Fant sidelined with a leg injury since Aug. 19, Okwuegbunam could be called upon to take over the top spot at the position if Fant is unable to return for the season opener. Coach Vic Fangio believes Fant will return for Week 1, but said Okwuegbunam is "definitely ready" to take on No. 1 tight end role if needed. The 23-year-old appears ready to take a step forward in Denver's offense, and it's plausible to think that the coaching staff will look to get him more involved in the passing game. The Broncos used two-tight-end sets for nearly 40 percent of their snaps in the Broncos' preseason finale, which may hint at an intention to also deploy it frequently during the regular season. Nonetheless, it may be difficult for the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder to find a level of consistency in a Broncos offense littered with talented pass catchers. Okwuegbunam's clearest path to fantasy relevance would come if Fant is forced to miss an extended period of time.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Plenty of work in preseason finale

    Okwuegbunam recorded three receptions on four targets for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

    Okwuegbunam got the chance to work with the first-team offense as Noah Fant (leg) remained sidelined. The former remained on the field throughout the first half, with his longest reception of the day going for 12 yards in a connection with Drew Lock. Okwuegbunam is set to enter the team's Week 1 matchup against the Giants as Denver's second-string tight end, though he isn't likely to be heavily involved as a receiver with the likes of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler (illness) and Fant getting the majority of the opportunities.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Returns healthy after ACL tear

    Okwuegbunam (knee) declared himself 100 percent healthy Friday, Zac Stevens of reports.

    The second-year pro has made a smooth recovery from Dec. 1 surgery to repair an ACL tear, even participating in padded practices early in training camp. Okwuegbunam is stuck behind Noah Fant on the depth chart, but the fourth-round pick has the talent to be one of the better No. 2 tight ends in the league, with 4.49 speed at 6-foot-5, 258 pounds. Okwuegbunam was promising in his four games last season, catching 11 of 15 targets for 121 yards and a TD.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Limited to start camp

    Okwuegbunam (knee) started training camp as a limited participant in practice, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

    The 2020 fourth-round pick had surgery Dec. 1 to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, ending his rookie season with an 11/121/1 receiving line in four games. The Broncos seem to be counting on Okwuegbunam to finish up his rehab and earn the No. 2 spot at tight end, considering their other depth options at the position are Austin Fort (zero NFL appearances), Eric Saubert (10 catches in 40 games) and undrafted rookie Shaun Beyer. Starter Noah Fant already figures to play a lot of snaps, and he could handle even more than usual early in the season if Okwuegbunam struggles to get back into game shape at the end of a lengthy rehab process.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Gets some work in

    Okwuegbunam (knee) got limited on-field work in during Monday's practice, George Stoia of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Okwuegbunam is roughly five months removed from undergoing surgery to repair his torn right ACL. While he certainly isn't back to full health yet, it's encouraging to see the tremendously athletic tight end progressing well in his recovery. Coach Vic Fangio previously said that Okwuegbunam might not be fully healthy for the start of training camp, but it appears that he still could be on track for Week 1.

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  • Broncos' Albert Okwuegbunam: Timetable uncertain

    Coach Vic Fangio said Saturday that Okwuegbunam (knee) is progressing well but may not be ready for the start of training camp, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    Okwuegbunam had a solid four games as a rookie before suffering an ACL tear, recording 11 catches for 121 yards and a score as the team's No. 2 tight end. The Missouri product continues to rehab his knee following surgery, and it's good news to hear his coach echo positive sentiments in his recovery.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 258 lbs
Birthplace: Springfield, IL
Age: 23
Class: Sophomore