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Byron Pringle

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #9
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #9

Byron Pringle News

Snares one of two targets

Pringle reeled in one of his two targets for six yards in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Pringle logged just 11 offensive snaps compared to Demarcus Robinson's 48 and Mecole Hardman's 45, placing him well behind both in the pecking order for offensive looks. He's likely the next man up to join that group should any of them miss time but seems unlikely to garner enough offensive attention to warrant fantasy consideration at this point.

Sep 14, 2021 3:04 PM EST

Listed as second-string wideout

Pringle slots in as the backup wideout behind Tyreek Hill on the Chiefs' unofficial Week 1 depth chart, Nick Jacobs of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: Pringle flashed multiple times during camp and the preseason and has his name in the conversation for some reps. That being said, Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman still hold the top two spots on the depth chart and Demarcus Robinson still figures to be part of the mix, so Pringle's upside remains rather limited as long as the other wideout options remain healthy.

Sep 9, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Challenging for No. 2 WR role?

Pringle has been the most consistent receiver in camp outside of Tyreek Hill and could be carving out a significant role in the offense, Charles Goldman of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Pringle displayed his promise again in the second preseason tilt Friday against the Cardinals, leading all Chiefs receivers with four catches for 63 yards. Goldman notes that Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are definitely in the mix for reps as well, but Pringle entered camp as the underdog and has continued to make a name for himself. The third-year wideout out of Kansas State could begin to creep into sleeper territory in deep fantasy leagues but is still a risky proposition at this point.

Aug 22, 2021 1:26 AM EST

Outplaying Robinson at camp

Pringle appears to have an early lead over Demarcus Robinson in their competition for the No. 3 receiver role, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Listed at 203 pounds, Pringle dropped to 196 this offseason in an effort to improve his speed, perhaps anticipating that he'll take over some of Robinson's deep routes from the past few seasons. Robinson has already shown that playing time doesn't necessarily lead to steady targets in an offense with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but there is always upside for TDs and big plays when QB Patrick Mahomes is on the field. And while the Chiefs are counting on Mecole Hardman can step up as a reliable No. 2 WR and No. 3 option for the passing game, there's an opportunity for Pringle to be that guy instead if Hardman is a bust.

Aug 3, 2021 11:21 AM EST

Signs tender on draft day

Pringle signed his original-round tender with the Chiefs on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pringle will play out the 2021 campaign on a one-year deal worth $2.18 million with the Chiefs. The departure of Sammy Watkins could forebode Pringle handling increased opportunities this season, though No. 3 receiver Demarcus Robinson did also re-up with Kansas City on a one-year contract.

Apr 29, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Gets original-round tender

The Chiefs have given Pringle an original-round RFA tender, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The tender is a one-year contract for $2.183 million, with the Chiefs getting the right to match any offer sheet. Pringle was undrafted coming out of college, so there's no compensation involved if he signs a deal with another team and the Chiefs decline to match. Pringle could be looking at a larger role in 2021, considering teammates Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are scheduled for free agency at the start of the new league year Wednesday afternoon.

Mar 17, 2021 7:31 AM EST

Getting second-round tender

The Chiefs are giving Pringle a restricted free agent tender, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pringle could take on a larger role in 2021 if the Chiefs lose Sammy Watkins and/or Demarcus Robinson in free agency. Kansas City's top WRs under contract are Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman and now Pringle.

Mar 17, 2021 7:25 AM EST

Draws five targets in AFC title game

Pringle corralled three of five targets for 22 yards Sunday in the Chiefs' 38-24 win over the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Pringle played a surprising 80 percent of the offensive snaps in the contest, his highest rate since Week 17 against the Chargers, when the Chiefs were resting several of their key offensive playmakers. Though Pringle was effective enough as a depth option at receiver, he'll likely see a major dip in his snap share in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl matchup with the Buccaneers, as the Chiefs are expected to return Sammy Watkins (calf) for that contest.

Jan 27, 2021 8:13 PM EST

Catches touchdown Sunday

Pringle caught four of six targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-21 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Pringle grew in importance with teammates Tyreek Hill (hamstring), Sammy Watkins (calf) and Travis Kelce (rest) all not playing Sunday, and actually opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter. With four receptions total, including a long of 31 yards, Pringle was able to put together his best performance of the campaign, but he should return to a depth role when Kansas City returns its full stable of offensive stars in the playoffs.

Jan 3, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Activated from IR

The Chiefs activated Pringle (ankle) from IR on Saturday.

Analysis: Pringle's ankle injury caused him to miss three contest, but he'll be back in action for Sunday's game against the Saints. He'll resume working as a depth receiver, a role which Pringle has translated into nine catches for 108 yards on the season.

Dec 19, 2020 12:06 PM EST

Returns to practice

Pringle (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday after being designated to return from IR, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kansas City has a three-week window to place Pringle back on the active roster, and the receiver could suit up as soon as Sunday's game against the Saints if he looks ready in practice. Prior to sustaining his injury in Week 11 against the Raiders, Pringle chipped in nine catches for 108 yards in a depth role.

Dec 16, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Moves to injured reserve

Pringle (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Pringle sustained the ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Raiders and will be sidelined for at least the next three games. Tyreek Hill or Mecole Hardman could fill in on kick return for the Chiefs in the meantime.

Nov 24, 2020 5:09 PM EST

Hurts ankle on SNF

Pringle (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Pringle caught three of four targets for 17 yards and returned a trio of kickoffs for 67 yards before picking up the injury in the second half. The deep Kansas City skill position group should be able to whether Pringle's absence if he's unable to work his way back into the game.

Nov 22, 2020 8:01 PM EST

Absent from box score

Pringle was not targeted during Sunday's game versus the Panthers.

Analysis: Pringle was unable to follow up a season-best three grabs for 22 yards last Sunday versus the Jets with another solid showing Sunday. He saw his snap count reduced from 56 percent last week to just 31 percent against Carolina and is likely set to see that minimized further when Sammy Watkins (hamstring) gets the all-clear.

Nov 10, 2020 8:42 AM EST

Continues to see work

Pringle racked up three catches on four targets for 22 yards Sunday versus the Jets.

Analysis: Pringle has played more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last two weeks thanks to his abilities as a blocker in the run game. That doesn't make him a viable fantasy option in most leagues, given his six receptions on the season. He should continue to provide depth at the wide receiver position but is unlikely to see significant targets unless a laundry list of injuries hit the group.

Nov 3, 2020 8:49 AM EST

Scores first TD of season

Pringle didn't catch a pass Sunday versus the Broncos but did return a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown.

Analysis: Pringle used the snowy field in Denver to his advantage, making a quick cut that left two Broncos defenders in the dust as he sped past the kicker to take it the distance. He also found his way on to the field for 61 percent of the snaps, ranking third among wideouts ahead of Mecole Hardman. Unfortunately, he didn't draw a target on the day and figures to see his role reduce in the coming weeks once Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is given the green light to return.

Oct 27, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Makes first notable impact of 2020

Pringle snared both of his targets for 46 yards Monday versus the Bills.

Analysis: Pringle saw a jump in his playing time with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined Monday, playing 38 percent of the offensive snaps after playing no more than 14 percent in any previous contest. He could continue to see boosted snap counts until Watkins is cleared to return but remains low enough in the pecking order for targets to remain off the fantasy radar in most formats.

Oct 20, 2020 9:15 AM EST

In good spot to make roster

Pringle is in the lead for a starting gunner spot on special teams, Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reports.

Analysis: Pringle's contributions on special teams could be a key factor in landing him a roster spot for the Chiefs yet again as wide receiver depth. Based on his positioning as a starting gunner, he looks to be in a good spot to keep a job on the 53-man roster.

Aug 27, 2020 3:04 PM EST

On practice field

Pringle (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Pringle stayed off the field for nearly an entire week, but he's back in action preparing to defend the Super Bowl title. The 26-year-old wideout is slated as the team's No. 5 wide receiver, and he'll make most of his contributions on special teams.

Aug 23, 2020 11:31 AM EST

Nursing hamstring

Pringle was absent from Saturday's practice due to a hamstring issue, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: This is the first news regarding a hamstring issue for Pringle and the severity is not known at this time. When healthy, he is expected to primarily provide depth at wide receiver. The 26-year-old hauled in 19 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown in 2019.

Aug 15, 2020 12:52 PM EST

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