LaCosse (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Saturday's game against the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
LaCosse had been limited in practice the previous two days but never looked to be in any real danger of missing the Week 15 contest. The Illinois product has started and handled the bulk of the snaps at tight end the past two games, but the enhanced role has only earned him two targets in the passing game during that stretch.
LaCosse was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Despite seeing the overwhelming share of snaps at tight end the last two weeks after Jeff Heuerman (ribs/lung) was moved to injured reserve, LaCosse has only drawn two targets, hauling in one for a three-yard gain. LaCosse's ability to take part in the Broncos' first session of the week suggests the shoulder issue shouldn't prevent him from suiting up Saturday against the Browns, but his minimal production to date renders him little more than a dart throw for fantasy purposes.
LaCosse played 80 percent of the snaps on offense in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Bengals, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
You wouldn't know it from his one-target, zero-catch stat line, but LaCosse did actually take on a much larger role in the first game after Jeff Heuerman (ribs) suffered a season-ending injury. The added playing time could translate to pass-catching production in matchups that force the Broncos to throw more often, but the team can probably get by with another run-heavy game plan Week 14 in San Francisco. LaCosse has been efficient with his limited opportunities this season, catching 14 of 22 targets for 171 yards and a touchdown.
LaCosse is primed for a larger role with Jeff Heuerman (ribs/lung) expected to miss the rest of the season, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
LaCosse already took advantage during Sunday's 24-17 win over Pittsburgh, hauling in three of four targets for 34 yards and the first touchdown of his career. While his questionable blocking may prevent him from stepping into a three-down role, LaCosse has been much more efficient than Heuerman in the passing game, producing 12.2 yards per catch and 8.1 per target, with one reception for every 12.9 snaps. There's some potential for LaCosse to emerge as a real fantasy asset, but only if Brian Parker doesn't absorb a large share of the vacated snaps. It'll be something to keep an eye on Week 13 in Cincinnati.
LaCosse caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.
It was another modest game for LaCosse, who has just been held to a single catch in four of his last five games, but it was big. With the Broncos facing second-and-16 in the closing seconds, a quick completion to LaCosse made it third-and-manageable, and Case Keenum and Courtland Sutton delivered from there. Next up is a stingy Steelers pass defense giving up just 227 yards per game.
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