Okwuegbunam has officially been declared inactive for Monday's matchup with the Titans due to a coach's decision, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports. Okwuegbunam was limited at Thursday's practice due to an ankle issue but subsequently logged full workloads the next two days. It's unclear if he suffered some type of setback or if the Broncos are just erring on the side of caution here. Regardless, he was not expected to play a big role in the contest, as he is behind Noah Fant, Nick Vannett and Jake Butt on the depth chart.
Okwuegbunam (ankle) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports. This is unfortunate news for Okwuegbunam, as he just resumed practicing after dealing with a hip problem during training camp. With second-year pro Noah Fant locked in as Denver's clear top tight end, Okwuegbunam's possible absence from the team Week 1 won't affect much from a fantasy perspective.
Okwuegbunam (hip) is participating in Tuesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. The hip issue sidelined the rookie tight end over the weekend, but his presence on the field Tuesday suggests he's on track to be ready to go for the Sept. 14 season opener versus the Titans. With second-year man Noah Fant locked in as Denver's clear top tight end, Okwuegbunam is poised to fill a minor role in the passing game to begin the season, if Denver chooses to keep him active in Week 1.
Okwuegbunam has a hip issue and will not participate in Friday's stadium practice, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports. Okwuegbunam will have just over one week to get fully healthy ahead of Sept. 14's season-opener against the Titans. The rookie tight end has reportedly put together an impressive training camp, and it wouldn't be out of the question for him to push Nick Vannett for the No. 2 role right out of the gate. Noah Fant looks locked in as Denver's top tight end, but Okwuegbunam boasts the athleticism and red zone prowess to make an impact even on limited snaps.
Okwuegbunam is playing well in training camp, the Denver Post reports. More specifically, the article opens with a line stating, "there's a growing belief rookie Albert Okwuegbunam is a star-in-waiting." Noah Fant, a 2019 first-round pick, is the incumbent with his own substantial brand, but as a fourth-round pick Okwuegbunam boasts a lot of the same traits that made Fant so valued in the first place. Fant (6-4, 249) ran a 4.5-second 40 at the combine, yet Okwuegbunam posted a 4.49 40 at nine pounds heavier. Prior to flashing that speed, Okwuegbunam (6-5, 258) was largely written off as a red-zone specialist, so he gave reason to project eventual viability between the 20s in addition to the red zone. Fant seems too good to get displaced, especially by a rookie, but it looks like Okwuegbunam could push for meaningful snaps right away. If his emergence continues, it could at the very least give Denver reason to consider more two-TE formations than they might have planned on going into training camp.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||20||10.00|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||2||1.00|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||24||10.00|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||13||6.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||21||10.00|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||30||15.00|
|13||12/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||24||10.00|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||21||10.00|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||13||6.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|