Bennie Fowler

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #16
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #16

Bennie Fowler News

Cut by 49ers

Fowler was released by the 49ers on Saturday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Fowler signed with the 49ers in late May but only received a brief look in training camp before being cut. He appeared in five games for New Orleans last year and caught a pair of passes for 11 yards.

Aug 1, 2021 4:38 PM EST

Joins new team

Fowler (shoulder) signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Friday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old played in only five games last season, catching two passes before undergoing surgery that knocked him out for the remainder of the season. Fowler will replace Marqise Lee on the depth chart and appears to have an uphill battle to make the roster.

May 21, 2021 10:55 AM EST

Undergoes surgery

Fowler underwent shoulder surgery Monday to repair his labrum and rotator cuff, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Fowler was placed on IR and will miss at least three weeks, but he could return after the minimum time required. The 29-year-old wideout is often buried on the depth chart, but with Michael Thomas (hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID) sitting out Week 7 against the Panthers, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Austin Carr could all see boosts in usage for the time being.

Oct 23, 2020 9:16 PM EST

Placed on IR

Fowler (shoulder) was placed on IR on Friday, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fowler will have to miss at least three weeks following this move, so the earliest he could return would be Week 10 against the 49ers. He has two catches for 11 yards this season, with all of that production coming against the Chargers in Week 6.

Oct 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

Can't practice Wednesday

Fowler (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The Saints just returned from a Week 6 bye, so Fowler may have picked up this injury during a Week 5 win over the Chargers. Missing the first practice of the week puts him in danger of sitting out this Sunday against the Panthers, but he still has two practices to upgrade his status.

Oct 21, 2020 3:46 PM EST

First receptions of season

Fowler corralled two of six targets for 11 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.

Analysis: The receptions were Fowler's first of the season, as he took advantage of absences ahead of him on the depth chart in Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris. With Thomas likely to take the field again for Week 6, Fowler is unlikely to see meaningful playing time.

Oct 13, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Brought up to active roster

The Saints promoted Fowler to the active roster Saturday, Mike Triplett of reports.

Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) still sitting out, Fowler was brought up for a third consecutive game. He's totaled just 11 offensive snaps through the first two contests and hasn't been targeted, so he should be off fantasy radars at this time.

Sep 26, 2020 3:15 PM EST

Descends to practice squad

Fowler reverted to the Saints' practice squad Tuesday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Fowler logged just four offensive snaps in Week 2. He'll shift back to the practice squad and await a possible promotion before Week 3's matchup versus the Packers.

Sep 22, 2020 6:54 PM EST

Promoted for Monday

Fowler was promoted to the Saints' active roster from the practice squad Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old served an extra player in the season opener before reverting back to the practice squad, and he'll do so again in Week 2. Fowler wasn't targeted on seven offensive snaps last week, though the absence of Michael Thomas (ankle) could lead to some more opportunities.

Sep 21, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Fowler reverted to the Saints' practice squad.

Analysis: Fowler logged seven offensive snaps in Week 1's win over Tampa Bay but didn't receive a target. His stint on the practice squad may be shortlived, as Michael Thomas (ankle) is expected to miss multiple games.

Sep 15, 2020 5:46 PM EST

On active roster for Week 1

Fowler was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Fowler was released towards the end of camp, but received praise throughout practice. He rejoined the team as a member of the practice squad, but now has a chance to be active for their Week 1 matchup against the Buccaneers.

Sep 12, 2020 1:39 PM EST

Released by Saints

Fowler was released Saturday, Amie Just of reports.

Analysis: Despite some encouraging words from quarterback Drew Brees a couple weeks ago, Fowler didn't make the cut for the Saints' final 53-man roster. After stints with the Broncos and Giants, he'll look for a new home elsewhere.

Sep 5, 2020 7:47 PM EST

Draws praise from Brees

Fowler has earned high marks from Drew Brees and earned a spot at camp thanks to the quarterback, Amie Just of reports.

Analysis: According to Fowler, he tagged along with Emmanuel Sanders to a workout and impressed Brees enough to get a contract with New Orleans on Brees' recommendation. The future Hall of Famer gushed about Fowler in recent comments. "He's a guy who came in as an undrafted free agent so we say that he came in the hard way, right?" Brees said. "He's had to earn it each and every year. He's had to play a ton of special teams. So, to me, those guys are just football players. Whatever you need them to do, they're willing to step in and do it, and, at times, that's the dirty work." Despite the glowing words from Brees and relationship with Sanders from his time in Denver, Fowler won't be guaranteed a roster spot. He'll have to earn it over the next couple of weeks.

Aug 20, 2020 7:18 AM EST

Inks deal with New Orleans

The Saints and Fowler agreed to terms of a contract Thursday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Prior to his released from the Giants in late November, Fowler saw regular action in eight contests due to an injury-plagued receiving corps. During his five-year career, he's topped out at a 29-350-3 line on 56 targets in 2017 with the Broncos. Upon joining the Saints, Fowler will compete with Deonte Harris and Austin Carr for potentially the final WR spot on the depth chart.

Jul 30, 2020 4:48 PM EST

Hits waivers again

The Giants waived Fowler on Tuesday.

Analysis: Fowler was a healthy scratch during Week 12's loss to the Bears, and the Giants are subjecting him to waivers for the second time this year. The 28-year-old wideout has accrued 23 receptions for 193 yards over eight games. With Golden Tate in concussion protocol, the Giants are expected to pick up another receiver ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

Nov 26, 2019 12:51 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 12

Fowler (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Bears.

Analysis: With Sterling Shepard back in the lineup, Fowler evidently doesn't factor into New York's plans on offense. In Fowler's stead, Cody Latimer and Cody Core could see larger depth roles.

Nov 24, 2019 8:54 AM EST

Rejoins Giants

The Giants signed Fowler to a contract on Monday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Fowler was cut loose by the Giants on Oct. 1, and he now rejoins the team with Sterling Shepard (concussion) in danger of missing time. He'll provide New York's receiver corps with quality depth but isn't worth fantasy consideration in most formats.

Oct 14, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Cut loose by Giants

The Giants released Fowler on Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Fowler has some utility after two games, taking advantage of an injury- and suspension-ravaged receiving corps to the tune of 10 catches (on 15 targets) for 91 yards. With Daniel Jones under center and Sterling Shepard back from a concussion the past two weeks, Fowler fell off to a 2-8-0 line on five targets. Making matters worse for Fowler was the return of Golden Tate from suspension. Considering his lacking output with Jones directing the offense, cutting Fowler is a logical corresponding move to add Tate to the 53-man roster.

Oct 1, 2019 10:32 AM EST

Catches one pass in win

Fowler caught one of two targets for three yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: Fowler was on the field for 49 of 78 possible offensive snaps (63 percent). The 28-year-old has been quiet so far this season, logging 12 catches off 20 targets for 99 yards, including just two receptions for eight yards over the last two contests.

Sep 30, 2019 3:15 PM EST

Ready to play Week 4

Fowler (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game versus the Redskins.

Analysis: Fowler suffered a hamstring injury during a Week 3 practice, and while he still took the field this past Sunday in Tampa Bay, he gathered in just one of three passes from Daniel Jones for five yards. The health concern followed Fowler into this week, limiting him at each practice, but it won't impact his availability for Sunday. Unfortunately for Fowler, Cody Latimer is out of the concussion protocol, Sterling Shepard regained his standing as the Giants' No. 1 WR in Week 3 after getting over his own head injury, and Evan Engram is off to a hot start. Consequently, Fowler may be the fourth option, at best, for Jones in the team's aerial attack.

Sep 27, 2019 1:14 PM EST

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