Cole Kmet

Chicago Bears
Tight End #85
Chicago Bears
Tight End #85

Cole Kmet News

Five targets in season finale

Kmet caught four passes for 48 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 60 receptions for 612 yards.

Analysis: As a rookie in 2020, Kmet started to become a significant part of the offense down the stretch, and he built on that this year, more than doubling his targets, receptions and yardage in his sophomore campaign. He'll enter the third year of his four-year rookie deal in 2022, and he could be viewed as a breakout option if Jimmy Graham doesn't return, as that could potentially lead to more red-zone targets for Kmet. He's likely to be selected as a top-18 tight end in 2022.

Jan 9, 2022 1:21 PM EST

Comes up small in victory

Kmet caught two of four targets for 25 yards in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet finished third on the team in targets, but the Chicago passing attack was inefficient, and Darnell Mooney was the only Bears' pass catcher who had success in this contest. With at least three receptions in each of his last six games, he'll have a solid scoring floor in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 2, 2022 1:44 PM EST

Solid performance

Kmet caught four passes for 49 yards in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was quiet throughout the first half before posting production while the Bears were mounting a late comeback. Although he didn't score, he was overthrown by Nick Foles in the end zone, and he was later upstaged by fellow tight end Jimmy Graham, who scored his third red-zone touchdown over the Bears' last five games. With at least 41 yards in four of his last five games, Kmet will be a high-floor fantasy option in Week 17 against the Giants.

Dec 26, 2021 4:19 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Kmet caught six passes for 71 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Kmet led the Bears in targets and he frequently had plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field that helped him post a solid yardage total. He was also open for a potential touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but Justin Fields threw the ball behind where it needed to be, and the ball was knocked away. Although he hasn't scored all year, he's posted at least 41 yards in three of his last four games, and he'll be a potential fantasy starter for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 20, 2021 8:30 PM EST

Back on field

Kmet (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Montgomery was one of eight Bears who didn't take part in Thursday's walk-through session on account of an illness. All but one of those players returned to the field Friday as full participants, temporarily alleviating some concern about a team-wide COVID-19 breakout. With that in mind, Kmet looks in line to fill his normal role as the Bears' starting tight end Monday against the Vikings.

Dec 17, 2021 2:47 PM EST

Dealing with illness

Kmet was held out of Thursday's walkthrough due to an illness.

Analysis: While Kmet was one of eight Bears to miss the session for this reason, the team placed five players, including fellow tight end Jesse James (undisclosed), on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. As for the rest of the TE room, Jimmy Graham was listed as limited due to a knee issue and Jesper Horsted also sat out with an illness, making J.P. Holtz the only healthy member of the position group at the moment.

Dec 16, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Targeted five times in defeat

Kmet caught three passes for 17 yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Despite the Bears scoring 30 points, the Packers bottled up each of the Bears' primary weapons, which included Kmet, who was held to fewer than 20 yards for just the second time since Week 4. With at least three receptions in seven of his last eight games, his value is elevated in leagues that award a point per reception.

Dec 13, 2021 3:44 AM EST

Targeted seven times

Kmet caught three passes for 41 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: Although Kmet had seven targets compared to one for Jimmy Graham, it was Kmet throwing the block that allowed Graham to score an easy goal-line touchdown. Over the past four games, Kmet is averaging 51 yards, but he hasn't scored a touchdown all year while Graham has recently been seeing regular red-zone targets, which limits Kmet's upside, though he's become a player who has become a reasonable starting fantasy option.

Dec 5, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Groin no longer bothersome

Kmet (groin) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kmet trended in the right direction throughout the week, as he missed practice Wednesday before upgrading to a limited session Thursday and practicing fully Friday to gain clearance. The 22-year-old tight end is still searching for his first touchdown of the season, but he has topped 65 receiving yards twice in the past three games after failing to reach 50 in any of his first 24 contests. With quarterback Justin Fields (ribs) doubtful, Kmet will likely be catching passes from Andy Dalton against Arizona.

Dec 3, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Returns to practice Thursday

Kmet (groin) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

Analysis: Kmet was among a handful of Bears skill-position players to sit out Wednesday, but he was the only one of them to fit in some activity one day later. He seems to be trending in the right direction, but Friday's injury report will be key to determining whether he may be available Sunday against the Cardinals.

Dec 2, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Tending to groin issue

Kmet (groin) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Kmet, a 2020 draftee, has flashed his second-round talent at times this season, including last Thursday in Detroit, where he hauled in eight of 11 targets for 65 yards. But he emerged from the contest with a groin issue, which will need to be watched this week to get a sense of his status for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Dec 1, 2021 2:17 PM EST

Leads Bears in catches in win

Kmet caught eight of 11 targets for 65 yards in a 16-14 win over the Lions on Thanksgiving.

Analysis: The second-year tight end set a new career high in receptions and targets, as quarterback Andy Dalton has few healthy options at wide receiver other than Darnell Mooney, who also had a big game. Kmet has only topped 50 receiving yards twice in 11 games this season but both performances have come in the last three contests, giving him some momentum heading into a Week 13 clash with the Cardinals.

Nov 25, 2021 2:16 PM EST

Comes up small

Kmet caught one pass for 12 yards in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: After being targeted at least five times in his previous four games, Kmet's two targets fell one short of teammate Jimmy Graham's total. Despite the weak output in this contest, Kmet should be in the mix as a top-12 tight end going forward.

Nov 21, 2021 2:03 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Kmet caught six of eight targets for 87 yards in Monday night's 29-27 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Kmet led the Bears in all major receiving categories, turning in the best performance of his early career. The second-year pro showed a strong connection with quarterback Justin Fields, hooking up for gains of 25 and 21 yards during the first half. With at least six targets in three straight games, Kmet's role in Chicago's offense has expanded as the team now enters its bye week.

Nov 8, 2021 9:21 PM EST

Catches half of targets

Kmet caught three passes for 24 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was second on the team with six targets, but aside from a 16-yard reception, he had a quiet afternoon. He's yet to score a touchdown or reach 50 yards in a game this season, making him a low-upside fantasy option.

Oct 31, 2021 1:56 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Kmet caught five passes for 43 yards in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet wasn't a factor until he collected a few catches once the game was out of hand in the second half, and he led the team in all receiving categories, including six targets. He's posted at least 40 yards in back-to-back games and a total of three times on the season, and he's beginning to emerge as a streaming option at tight end.

Oct 24, 2021 4:39 PM EST

Highest yardage total of season

Kmet caught four passes for 49 yards in the Bears' 24-14 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet surpassed 22 yards for the first time since Week 1, but he's been targeted at least four times in four different contests. If he can continue to build on his current target totals, his yardage totals should continue to climb. However, until he puts together another solid performance or two, he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Oct 17, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Receives four targets

Kmet caught two passes for 22 yards in the Bears' 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Over the last four games, Kmet has averaged just three targets and 10 yards while not finding the end zone. Unless the Bears make a commitment to expanding their passing attack, he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Oct 10, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Targeted three times

Kmet caught one pass for six yards in the Bears' 24-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With Chicago leading throughout, Justin Fields threw the ball just 17 times, and Kmet was second on the team with three targets, but he didn't turn his chances into useful production. He's now caught three passes for 17 yards over his last three games, and unless his role changes, or the team's passing game improves, he won't be a recommended fantasy option.

Oct 3, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Targeted four times

Kmet caught one pass for 11 yards in the Bears' 26-6 loss to the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Kmet caught just a single pass, and despite playing a majority of the snaps, his playing time has yet to turn into tangible production. On the season, he's averaging 18 yards per game, and until he begins to show improved production, he'll be a risky fantasy option.

Sep 26, 2021 2:00 PM EST

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