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.
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.
Okwuegbunam (knee) said Thursday that he anticipates being healthy for the tentative start of training camp with "no issues," Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Okwuegbunam flashed through four appearances as a rookie prior to suffering a season-ending ACL tear, securing 11 of 15 targets for 121 yards and a score while battling for work behind Noah Fant. The 22-year-old, now roughly 12 weeks removed from knee surgery, said he's on track to resume jogging before the end of February. The NFL's offseason schedule is currently still murky, but Okwuegbunam at least appears on track for the tentative start of training camp, barring any postponements of complications.
Okwuegbunam (knee) caught 11 of 15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown during the 2020 season. Okwuegbunam quickly renewed his chemistry with former Mizzou teammate Drew Lock. The rookie was targeted six times in his debut in Week 5 against New England and then caught all seven of his targets against Kansas City in Week 7. He nabbed an acrobatic, game-turning touchdown in the comeback win over the Chargers before tearing his ACL in Week 9 at Atlanta. Okwuegbunam is an enticing weapon with true 4.5 speed at 260 pounds. With a full offseason ahead of him, he could be a tantalizing TE2 to pair with Noah Fant depending on what the Broncos do with veteran Nick Vannett in the offseason.
Okwuegbunam underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL on Tuesday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. The rookie tight end will now shift his focus toward rehabbing for the 2021 season. It's unclear whether he'll be ready in time for Week 1 after picking up the injury Nov. 8. The fourth-round pick showed promise before sustaining the brutal injury, receiving heavy targets from college teammate Drew Lock and finishing with an 11-121-1 line on 15 targets over four games. Okwuegbunam will reside on IR for the remainder of the season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||10||6.63|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||32||11.25|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||9||6.47|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||15||11||121||1||6||11.00||18|