Albert Okwuegbunam

Denver Broncos
Tight End #85
Denver Broncos
Tight End #85

Albert Okwuegbunam News

Faces competition in 2022

With the addition of rookie tight end Greg Dulcich in the third round of the draft, Okwuegbunam may find himself sharing duties at the position in 2022, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: Though Okwuegbunam's starting tight end position is likely secure at this point, the addition of Dulcich through the draft could certainly cut into the veteran's playing time next season. Okwuegbunam became poised to be the Broncos starting tight end with the departure of Noah Fant to Seattle as part of the deal to acquire Russell Wilson. Dulcich, however, caught the eye of head coach Nathaniel Hackett as an impact player. "When you have a guy that can stretch the field like he can, it's really exciting," Hackett said of the UCLA product. Regardless of how the tight end pecking order plays out in 2022, the arrival of Wilson at quarterback will likely help to elevate the fantasy production of the entire Denver pass catching group.

May 6, 2022 6:24 AM EST

Poised for larger role

With Noah Fant slated to head to the Seahawks in the looming Russell Wilson trade, Okwuegbunam currently profiles as the Broncos' top option at tight end, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2020 fourth-rounder is coming off a 2021 season in which he hauled in 33 of his 40 targets for 330 yards and two TDs in 14 games. With Fant, who saw 90 targets in 16 contests last year, out of the equation, Okwuegbunam seems poised for an uptick in work this coming season, but Kosmider suggests that the Broncos could well bring in some tight end competition via free agency and/or the draft. In any case, the anticipated addition of Wilson does boost the fantasy prospects of the team's skill players, a context that gives Okwuegbunam some sleeper appeal, though to what degree depends on how the team's TE depth chart ultimately shakes out in the coming months.

Mar 10, 2022 10:15 AM EST

More involved in 2021

Okwuegbunam finished the 2021 season with 33 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam operated as the Broncos' No. 2 tight end in 2021, and he saw his role increase in his second year with the team. The 23-year-old played in 14 games this season, a big jump from the four games played in his rookie season. Though Noah Fant is the team's starter at the position, it's clear the team trusted Okwuegbunam to take a step forward based on his usage on 47 percent of Denver's offensive snaps this season. Both Okwuegbunam and Fant are still on their rookie contracts, so both tight ends will likely be with the team in 2022. He has two more years on his deal, so it would not be surprising to see Okwuegbunam's role grow even more in 2022 with Fant set to become a free agent at the end of next season. The team may want to evaluate what they have in Okwuegbunam even further before determining if they will re-sign Noah Fant in 2023. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder would benefit from an upgrade at quarterback to give the entire passing game a boost for the upcoming season.

Jan 15, 2022 10:32 AM EST

Minimal involvement in loss

Okwuegbunam caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Operating as the Broncos' No. 2 tight end, Okwuegbunam was just not a big part of the game plan Sunday. The 23-year-old played on 50 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but quarterback Drew Lock looked his way just twice. Meanwhile, starter Noah Fant caught six of his seven targets for 92 yards and a touchdown. Okwuegbunam is a young player with a lot of talent, but he will likely continue to cede the majority of work at tight end in a Week 18 matchup with the Chiefs.

Jan 5, 2022 5:14 AM EST

Held catchless in loss

Okwuegbunam failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: It was a rough day for the Denver passing attack, so it's not surprising that Okwuegbunam, the team's No. 2 tight end, struggled in the contest. The second-year tight end played just 33 percent of the team's offensive snaps, and his two targets were his lowest total since Week 12. Okwuegbunam should remain far off the fantasy radar in a Week 17 matchup with the Chargers.

Dec 29, 2021 7:24 AM EST

Cleared for Week 16

Okwuegbunam (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam was limited Wednesday and Thursday, but his return to a full session Friday sets the stage for him to suit up this weekend. Though he's been working in time-share that has tilted in Noah Fant's direction, Okwuegbunam has carved out deeper league utility of late, having caught 11 passes on 13 targets for 120 yards and a TD over his last three games.

Dec 24, 2021 4:09 PM EST

Dealing with knee injury

Okwuegbunam (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam dealt with a knee injury earlier in the season, so it's hard to gauge how much concern to have over his limited participation, as it's possible this was more of a maintenance decision. Despite being second on the tight end positional depth chart, Okwuegbunam has been a steady contributor for the Broncos this season, notching 31 catches on 36 targets for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Dec 22, 2021 3:45 PM EST

Leads Denver in receiving

Okwuegbunam caught three of four targets for 58 yards in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam remained involved in Denver's passing attack Sunday, as his 58 yards were a team-high. The 23-year-old tight end has now seen at least four targets in his last 3 games. Against Cincinnati, Okwuegbunam played on 30 of the Broncos' 75 offensive snaps, exactly half of starter Noah Fant's snap total in the contest. Though Okwuegbunam is difficult to trust for fantasy purposes, his involvement in the offense is an encouraging sign. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder will be nothing more than a desperation play in a favorable matchup with the Raiders in Week 16.

Dec 21, 2021 6:53 AM EST

Hauls in TD pass Sunday

Okwuegbunam caught all five of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Noah Fant managed 10 more yards on one fewer reception, but Okwuegbunam was the Denver tight end who made the biggest impact with a four-yard score in the fourth quarter. It was only the second TD of the season for the second-year player, with his first coming back in Week 1, but the five grabs were a season high. Okwuegbunam will look to build on this performance in Week 15 against the Bengals.

Dec 12, 2021 7:17 PM EST

Catches three passes in loss

Okwuegbunam secured three of four targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam played on 43 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, operating as the No. 2 tight end behind Noah Fant. Though the 23-year-old has flashed his athleticism throughout the season, he'll likely continue to have little fantasy value barring an injury to Fant.

Dec 8, 2021 9:10 AM EST

Limited role in win

Okwuegbunam caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam played on 45 percent of Denver's offensive snaps, continuing to be the second option at tight end behind Noah Fant. The 23-year-old likely can't be a consistent producer for fantasy purposes with such a limited role in the offense. With Fant healthy, Okwuegbunam is best ignored for fantasy. The Broncos visit the Chiefs in Week 13.

Dec 1, 2021 5:01 AM EST

Leading receiver in loss

Okwuegbunam caught all three of his targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The tight end did most of his damage on a 64-yard grab in the second quarter that set up a Broncos field goal, but that was enough to allow Okwuegbunam to lead the team in receiving yards while also setting a new career single-game high for the second-year player. With Noah Fant (5-59 on six targets Sunday) atop the depth chart at his position, however, Okwuegbunam's production will likely remain volatile on the other side of Denver's Week 11 bye.

Nov 14, 2021 8:48 PM EST

Active in Week 10

Okwuegbunam (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Zac Stevens of the reports.

Analysis: The second-year tight end will revert back to No. 2 duties with Noah Fant available after missing Week 9 due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, Okwuegbunam should still enjoy a modest role in the passing game and checks in with multiple receptions in each of the last two games, the former contest with Fant available.

Nov 14, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 10

Okwuegbunam (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam was unable to practice Wednesday but has managed to participate on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday. Denver got Noah Fant back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Albert O will work in a complementary role at tight end if he manages to play through the knee injury.

Nov 12, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Increases practice activity

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Okwuegbunam (knee) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam's upgrade from no activity at Wednesday's practice to a limited showing a day later seemingly suggests that he experienced no setbacks with the lingering knee injury coming out of last week's win over Dallas. Though he looks on track to be ready to play Sunday against the Eagles, Okwuegbunam is expected to see his playing time take a hit with top tight end Noah Fant (illness) having been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after sitting out the Week 9 victory.

Nov 11, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Does not practice Wednesday

Okwuegbunam (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam was originally questionable for Week 9 against Dallas but ultimately suited up with Noah Fant (illness) out. Whether he missed practice as a precautionary measure or due to aggravating the injury is not yet known. He'll try to return to the practice field Thursday.

Nov 10, 2021 11:09 AM EST

Quiet in win

Okwuegbunam secured four of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam started in place of Noah Fant (illness), but he was unable to capitalize on his opportunity as the team's No. 1 tight end. The 23-year-old played on 63 of the teams 78 offensive snaps and his five targets were tied with wideout Tim Patrick for the second most among Broncos pass catchers. With Fant likely rejoining the team for Week 10, Okwuegbunam can't be trusted to produce consistently for fantasy as Denver's No. 2 tight end. Nonetheless, the 6-foot-5, 258-pounder gets a matchup against the Eagles in a Week 10 showdown.

Nov 9, 2021 8:03 AM EST

Back in action

Okwuegbunam (knee) has returned to Sunday's game against the Cowboys, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam aggravated his knee injury and was labeled questionable to return early in the second half, but he'll play through the issue and is back on the field for Denver.

Nov 7, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Aggravates knee injury

Okwuegbunam exited Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Okwuegbunam was questionable for Sunday's contest due to a knee injury, and it appears he aggravated the injury. He started in place of Noah Fant (illness) and caught four of five targets for 25 yards prior to exiting the game.

Nov 7, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Active in Week 9

Okwuegbunam (knee) is listed as active Sunday at Dallas, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: With Noah Fant out of commission due to a bout with COVID-19, Okwuegbunam will get the start at tight end and likely earn a majority share of snaps afforded Broncos tight ends with just Eric Saubert and Andrew Beck to contend with at the position. Okwuegbunam's practice reps were capped this week due to a knee injury, though, so it's not certain that he'll be the unquestioned No. 1 TE. On the season, he's been on point as a receiver, hauling in 12 of 13 passes for 91 yards and one touchdown.

Nov 7, 2021 8:46 AM EST

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