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Diontae Spencer: Won't be tendered
The Broncos won't tender Spencer, who will become a free agent when the new league year starts March 16, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Spencer had two good years as the Broncos' primary returner, but he struggled in that role last season. He garnered a minimal role on offense during his three seasons in Denver, registering just 10 catches for 54 yards.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Records one catch in 2021
Spencer finished the 2021 season with one catch for minus-3 yards.
Spencer played in all but two games this season, but he was a non-factor for the Broncos' offense. The 29-year-old played on just six percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2021, finding it difficult to see the field behind the team's top trio of Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick at wide receiver. Spencer did most of his damage as Denver's leading returner, totaling 17 kickoff returns for 291 yards and 26 punt returns for 206 yards. The wideout will enter the 2022 offseason as a restricted free agent and will be free to negotiate with any teams interested in signing him. The Broncos, however, can match a contract offer if they wish to keep him with the team. Denver's receiving corps is a talented and crowded group, so it will be interesting to see if the Broncos keep Spencer around in 2022. If not, Spencer may look to sign with another team in an effort to push for more playing time on offense.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Inactive Saturday
Spencer is listed as inactive for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Chiefs due to a coach's decision, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports.
With six other healthy wide receivers available, Spencer will be the odd man out Saturday. Thus, his 2020 campaign will officially come to an end.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Plays three snaps Week 17
Spencer failed to record a single target while playing just three snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.
With both Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list for Week 17, Spencer entered Sunday's contest as a candidate to see an increased workload. That ultimately didn't come to fruition, however, as the Broncos tapped Kendall Hinton (34 snaps) and Seth Williams (41 snaps) to serve as the primary replacements for Jeudy and Patrick. Denver has since reinstated both Jeudy and Patrick from the list, so Spencer's playing time will continue to come primarily on special teams during the season finale versus the Chiefs.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Starting role likely awaits
Spencer 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. Spencer and Kendall Hinton 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, Spencer and Hinton 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.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Held catchless in loss
Spencer failed to secure his lone target in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Steelers.
Spencer played on just two of the Broncos' 60 offensive snaps Sunday. In a game where Denver trailed Pittsburgh for most of the contest, Spencer's lack of usage was somewhat surprising. The 29-year-old wideout currently is the No. 4 wide receiver on the Broncos' depth chart after KJ Hamler suffered a season-ending torn ACL and while Jerry Jeudy remains sidelined with an ankle injury. With the latter making his return to the field in the near future, Spencer should be ignored for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Ready to face Steelers
Spencer (chest) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Steelers.
Spencer entered Sunday with a questionable tag due to a chest injury. He exited the team's Week 4 contest early with the injury, but he was able to return to log two limited practices to close the week. Spencer should serve as the Broncos' primary return man, paired with a very limited offensive role.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Questionable for Week 5
Spencer (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Spencer practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, but he'll enter Friday's matchup with an injury designation after he exited last week's loss to the Ravens. Kendall Hinton and David Moore will likely see additional work if the 29-year-old is unavailable against Pittsburgh.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Limited in Thursday's practice
Spencer (chest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Spencer was unable to practice Wednesday, so it was encouraging to see him back on the field a day later. The 29-year-old will likely have to log a full practice Friday if he hopes to avoid an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Not at practice Wednesday
Spencer (chest) didn't practice Wednesday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.
Spencer was forced to leave Sunday's loss to the Ravens after a hard hit in the first half. The 29-year-old is considered day-to-day, so his status should be monitored throughout the week. If he is unable to suit up, the Broncos would likely have to use Kendall Hinton as their primary return man.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Considered day-to-day
Spencer (chest) is considered day-to-day after exiting Sunday's game against the Ravens, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
Spencer took a hard hit in the first half of Sunday's loss to Baltimore and was unable to finish the contest. His Week 5 status likely depends on how much he's able to practice this week, but David Moore and Kendall Hinton are in line for increased roles against the Steelers if the 29-year-old is held out.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Won't return Sunday
Spencer (chest) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Spencer's downgrade means the Broncos will be further shorthanded at receiver for the rest of the contest. Kendall Hinton has already picked up a target in the 29-year-old's absence, and David Moore could see extra work as well.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Suffers chest injury Sunday
Spencer (chest) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Ravens, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
Spencer couldn't haul in his only target before leaving with an injury in the first half of Week 4. With KJ Hamler (knee) out for the year, the Broncos are already without one of their top returners. If Spencer is unable to return, Kendall Hinton would be the most likely candidate to return kicks and punts for the rest of the contest.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Expanded role looming
Spencer will be the next man up after the Broncos lost KJ Hamler (knee) for the season, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.
After logging just nine offensive snaps through the first two weeks of the season, Spencer played 23 snaps during Sunday's contest. The 29-year-old will likely slide into the third spot on the depth chart while the Broncos are without Hamler and Jerry Jeudy. Spencer has only caught 10 passes during his three-year career, so fantasy expectations should be tempered despite the uptick in snaps.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Resumes practicing
Spencer (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Spencer has missed practice time recently due to a lingering knee injury, and while the Broncos could continue taking a cautious approach to his activity level leading up to the regular season, it's encouraging to see the 29-year-old handling reps again. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound wideout has focused on improving as an all-around receiver this offseason, though with the amount of capable pass catchers around to demand targets in Denver, it's difficult to imagine him having an easy path to offensive snaps. On special teams, however, Spencer could thrive if healthy. He ranked seventh in the league in punt-return yards last season.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Misses practice
Spencer (knee) missed practice Saturday, George Stoia of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.
Spencer was held out of practice to give him a chance to recuperate from a lingering knee issue. Coach Vic Fangio noted that the wideout's knee has "been up and down. He's been practicing through it; we just felt he needed a day. I don't think he'll be out long." For now, it appears the Broncos are being cautious with the 29-year-old receiver, who impressed as a punt returner last season. Meanwhile, Spencer has discussed his efforts to become a better all-around receiver, as he hasn't contributed much in Denver's passing game over the last two years. With a crowded group of pass catchers in the team's offense, however, the 5-foot-8, 170-pounder faces an uphill battle to make any sort of noise as a receiver, at least for fantasy purposes.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Signs ERFA tender
Spencer has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender with the Broncos, Zac Stevens of DNVR Sports reports.
Spencer will return to the Broncos in 2021 after establishing himself as one of the league's most dangerous punt returners last season. He's expected to maintain a prominent role on special teams but a minimal one on offense, as Spencer recorded just three catches and three rushing attempts for 45 scrimmage yards in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Broncos' Diontae Spencer: Receiving tender from Broncos
The Broncos tendered exclusive rights free agent Spencer on Monday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
A midseason shoulder injury and a subsequent stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list kept Spencer to 11 appearances in 2020, but he shined as a punt returner when active. Spencer was one of eight players in the NFL to score on a punt return last season, while his two returns of 40-plus yards ranked second in the league to All-Pro Gunner Olszewski. Given Spencer's status as an exclusive rights free agent, this latest transaction locks him in as a Bronco heading into the 2021 campaign.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 5-8, 170 lbs|
|Birthplace: New Iberia, LA|
|School: McNeese State|