Hinton finished the 2021 season with 15 catches for 175 yards and one touchdown. Despite appearing in all but one game this season, Hinton had an underwhelming 2021 campaign. It was difficult for the 24-year-old wideout to get much going playing on just 25 percent of Denver's offensive snaps. Hinton is behind Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick on the depth chart, and all three project to be a member of the Broncos in 2022. Jeudy is still on his rookie contract, while Sutton and Patrick signed multi-year extensions during the season. Hinton is entering the final year of his current contract. The 6-foot, 195-pounder could find it difficult to see much playing time again in 2022, barring any injuries to the Broncos' top three receivers.
Hinton secured two of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers. Hinton also completed his only pass attempt for one yard. The 24-year-old played a larger role than usual Sunday with both Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Hinton was in on 60 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps and was tied with Courtland Sutton for the second-most targets of any Denver pass catcher. Unfortunately, Hinton was unable to take advantage of his opportunities. If Jeudy and Patrick return in Week 18, Hinton would hold little fantasy value in a matchup with the Chiefs.
Hinton could have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Chargers with Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) not available after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list and with Courtland Sutton (illness) listed as questionable for the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Head coach Vic Fangio said that Sutton could still wind up on the list after sitting out Friday's practice with an illness, potentially leaving Denver without its top three receivers. Hinton and Diontae Spencer were left as the only fully healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster Friday before Travis Fulgham and Seth Williams were elevated from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements for Jeudy and Patrick. With that in mind, Hinton and Spencer are presumably first in line to fill the vacated snaps at receiver, though neither has a resume at the NFL level that makes either a must-start fantasy option. Backup quarterback Drew Lock will also be directing the offense for a second straight game while Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is out, which could result in the low-tempo Denver offense becoming even more run-heavy.
Hinton (shoulder) is not listed on the Broncos' injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Eagles, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Hinton practiced in limited fashion Wednesday, but it looks like the team was just exercising caution. Barring any setbacks, look for him to assume his usual role as the team's No. 4 wideout.
Hinton (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity for the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. While it's uncertain when the receiver injured his shoulder, Hinton's injury isn't considered to be serious. If Hinton is unable to play against the Eagles in Week 10, expect Tyrie Cleveland to fill in as Teddy Bridgewater's fourth receiving option.
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