DeValve underwent surgery last week to repair a tendon and to remove a cyst in one of his toes and will be sidelined for 10-to-12 weeks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The 27-year-old was waived by the Panthers last week with an unspecified non-football injury, which is now known to be related to his toe. DeValve, who appeared in 12 games for Jacksonville last season and caught 12 passes for 140 yards, should be ready for game action in September, assuming he latches on with a new team.
The Panthers waived DeValve on Wednesday, designating him with a non-football injury, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. DeValve's stay with the Panthers was a brief one, as he'll leave the team just over two months after the club signed him to a deal. Once he moves past the unspecified injury, DeValve will try to catch on elsewhere as a depth tight end.
DeValve signed a contract with the Panthers on Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. DeValve spent the 2019 campaign playing a depth role in Jacksonville's tight end room, hauling in 12 passes for 140 yards across 12 games. He'll now compete with Ian Thomas, Chris Manhertz and Temarrick Hemingway for snaps during the 2020 season. DeValve also stands to handle a role on special teams.
DeValve caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Colts. The 26-year-old ended up playing four fewer snaps than No. 3 tight end Ben Koyack -- Nick O'Leary (shoulder) was inactive -- despite delivering a season-high 45 yards Week 16. DeValve posted 12 catches for 140 yards and zero touchdowns in 12 games during his first season in Jacksonville. The role reduction in the season finale may be an indication the Jaguars will allow DeValve to hit free agency in March and pursue other opportunities.
DeValve caught three of six targets for 45 yards during Sunday's loss to the Falcons. DeValve was much more involved in his second game back from the oblique injury, but the season-high six targets still didn't translate into significant yardage. The 26-year-old has 11 receptions for 136 yards in six starts for the Jaguars.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Las Vegas Raiders||30||8.75|
|2||09/20||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|3||09/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|7||10/25||@New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|9||11/08||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|10||11/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||7.63|
|15||12/20||@Green Bay Packers||14||6.78|
|17||01/03||New Orleans Saints||8||6.12|
|3 Year Avg||28||17||203||1||9||11.94||26|