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Top Jelani Woods News

  • Colts' Jelani Woods: TD catch in preseason debut

    Woods had two receptions for 22 yards on two targets, including an 11-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason loss to Buffalo.

    Woods had reportedly struggled in training camp and many observers saw him falling behind fellow rookie Drew Ogletree to No. 4 on the tight end depth chart, so this was a nice bounce back performance. Woods performed well with the second-team unit and showed his 6-7 size can make him a red zone threat. The third-round draft pick will likely have a small role in the offense to begin the season as he continues to develop.

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  • Colts' Jelani Woods: Struggling early in camp

    Woods has "looked lost at times" during training camp and is "probably coming a long a little slower" than the Colts expected, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

    Keefer also notes that 2021 fourth-round pick Kylen Granson has struggled, leaving Mo Alie-Cox as Indy's only reliable tight end at the moment. Alie-Cox is one of the biggest TEs in the league and has already proven himself as a blocker and red-zone target, but he may not have the agility or route-running skills the team desires for obvious passing situations. Even so, Alie-Cox remains the best redraft bet of the bunch, and he may default into a three-down role if the team's young tight ends don't shape up. Woods is a rookie third-round pick who has Cox beat in terms of height (6-foot-7 vs. 6-foot-5) and speed (4.59-second 40-yard dash time vs. 4.75), while the veteran has the benefit of experience and a much sturdier build (listed at 267 pounds, compared to Woods' 253).

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  • Colts' Jelani Woods: Scooped by Indy

    The Colts selected Woods in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 73rd overall.

    Woods becomes the second tight end off the board in this class. His size jumps off the page at 6-foot-7 and 259 pounds with 34.5-inch arms but he can move, too. Woods ran an impressive 4.61 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and the film showed good movement skills for a player his size. He blossomed in the Virginia offense in 2021 after transferring over from Oklahoma State, catching 44 of 70 targets for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. Indianapolis invested a pick at tight end last year in Kylen Granson, though, so this is an interesting landing spot. With Jack Doyle's retirement, there's a path to Woods finding a role eventually, but Mo Alie-Cox and Granson project to be higher on the depth chart this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 253 lbs
Birthplace: Ellenwood, GA
Age: 23
School: Virginia