Cole Kmet

Chicago Bears
Tight End #85
Chicago Bears
Tight End #85
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Cole Kmet News

Praised by Jimmy Graham

Teammate Jimmy Graham believes Kmet has a bright future in the NFL, Larry Mayer of the Bears official website reports. "[Kmet]'s just a special kid," Graham said. "For him, there's truly no ceiling. He can be as good as he wants to be."

Analysis: The 34-year-old may be right about Kmet's future, but it'll be tough for the young tight end to make good on his potential if Graham is still on the roster. While some assumed Graham would be released or forced to take a pay cut this offseason, he's currently still under contract with the Bears for a non-guaranteed $7 million base salary. The team has dropped multiple hints about keeping Graham around, potentially relegating Kmet to a timeshare again. The 43rd overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft played 56.3 percent of Chicago's offensive snaps last season, yet finished with only 28/243/2 on 44 targets. Kmet's upside scenario for 2021 probably requires Graham to be pushed out of the picture somehow.

Jul 1, 2021 9:28 AM EST

Quiet in playoff debut

Kmet caught three passes for 16 yards in Chicago's 21-9 loss to the Saints in the wild-card round.

Analysis: Kmet had all three of his receptions in the first half and wasn't heard from afterwards in a game the Bears were dominated in time of possession, resulting in limited opportunities. After being an afterthought in the offense through the first 12 games of the season, he was targeted at least six times in four of the last five regular-season games, ending the season with 29 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns. He'll enter 2021 in the second of a four-year contract, and he'll likely be an emerging fantasy force as the team's lead tight end who's expected to play a three-down role.

Jan 10, 2021 4:59 PM EST

Targeted eight times in defeat

Kmet caught seven passes for 41 yards in the Bears' 35-16 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was third on the team with eight targets, and he was an important part of a ball-control attack designed to keep the Packers offense off the field. After being an afterthought in the offense through the first 12 games of the season, he was targeted at least six times in four of the last five games, ending the season with 29 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns. After the Bears complete their playoff run, he'll enter the second of a four-year contract, and he'll likely be an emerging fantasy force as the team's lead tight end.

Jan 3, 2021 5:57 PM EST

Ready for regular-season finale

Kmet (shoulder) is active for Sunday's matchup against Green Bay.

Analysis: The rookie tight end gets the green light for Chicago's Week 17 matchup, as the Bears aim to clinch a second playoff trip in three years with a win over their division rivals. Kmet didn't have any reported issues coming out of last Sunday's win over the Jaguars, but he was labeled questionable for the regular-season finale after submitting limited practices Thursday and Friday. Officially active for his 16th appearance of the year, Kmet enters the regular-season finale with a stat line of 21 receptions, 202 yards and two TDs.

Jan 3, 2021 12:07 PM EST

Questionable for Week 17

Kmet (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Kmet was a full practice participant Wednesday before logging limited sessions Thursday and Friday. He's played at least 78 percent of offensive snaps in five straight games, and there hasn't been any suggestion he's in serious danger of missing Sunday's all-important contest. The increased playing time hasn't resulted in much production, with Kmet averaging 2.8 catches for 23.2 yards and 0.2 TDs on 5.0 targets the past five weeks.

Jan 1, 2021 11:42 AM EST

Downgraded to limited

Kmet (shoulder) was held to limited participation during Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: The second-round rookie hasn't missed a game all season, and his Thursday appearance on the injury report was notable given that he submitted a full session the day prior. There have been no reported shoulder issues to this point in the season for Kmet, though he did deal with back and groin injuries that curtailed his practice involvement in October and November. Kmet's Friday status may go a long way towards clarifying the tight end's availability for a crucial Sunday afternoon home game against Green Bay.

Dec 31, 2020 3:03 PM EST

Fails to capitalize on targets

Kmet caught two passes for 16 yards in the Bears' 41-17 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was targeted six times, but Jimmy Graham was the tight end who was targeted on both of Mitch Tubisky's touchdown passes. In addition, Kmet was given a rushing attempt from the goal line, but he was tackled for a three-yard loss. Despite seeing increased target volume over the last four weeks, he's averaging 27 yards with one touchdown during that span, making him a touchdown-dependent fantasy option in Week 17 against the Packers.

Dec 27, 2020 2:41 PM EST

Quiet in win

Kmet caught two passes for 12 yards in the Bears' 33-27 victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was targeted just twice, though with the Bears playing with a lead for the majority of this contest, they attempted just 21 passes, and the tight end failed to reach seven targets for the first time in three games. Although he's performed well lately, he's yet to surpass 45 yards in a game, making him a risky fantasy option in Week 16 against a weak Jacksonville defense.

Dec 20, 2020 1:58 PM EST

Targeted seven times

Kmet caught four passes for 41 yards in the Bears' 36-7 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet cemented his role as Chicago's lead tight end with his second straight seven-target performance, although it was Jimmy Graham who scored the only tight-end touchdown for the team. Despite his increased volume since Week 10, he's yet to surpass 45 yards in a game this season, making him a floor play during the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 13, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Best game of career

Kmet caught five passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 34-30 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: After failing to see more than three targets in any game during his rookie season, Kmet tied Allen Robinson for the team lead with seven targets while posting the only touchdown reception by a Chicago player. Coming into this game, he had been targeted three times in each of the prior two games, which was the same number of target seen by Jimmy Graham, and it appears that the rookie may be emerging as the team's top tight end, though until he shows more consistency, he'll be difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Dec 6, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Minor receiving role

Kmet caught one pass for eight yards in Chicago's 41-25 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Kmet was targeted three times, including one on a deep pass down the middle of the field that was significantly off target. He's caught just three passes over the last four games, and unless he begins to show consistent production, he won't be a reliable fantasy option.

Nov 29, 2020 8:51 PM EST

Targeted three times in loss

Kmet caught one pass for seven yards in the Bears' 19-13 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: With just seven catches on the season, Kmet won't be a recommended fantasy option unless he begins to see a sharp increase in weekly production.

Nov 16, 2020 8:52 PM EST

Available Week 10

Kmet (groin) is listed as active Monday against the Vikings.

Analysis: Kmet managed just one limited practice before this game due to a groin injury, but he'll play through it for a second straight contest. In the Bears' Week 9 loss to the Titans, though, he was blanked in the box score and wasn't even targeted. On the season, Kmet is averaging less than a target per game, with Jimmy Graham leading the team's tight end group.

Nov 16, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Deemed questionable for MNF

Kmet (groin) is considered questionable for Monday's game versus the Vikings.

Analysis: The second-round pick out of Notre Dame hasn't taken off this season, operating as the No. 2 behind Jimmy Graham. He's in danger of sitting out for the first time in his career, as he made his first practice appearance Saturday when he was a limited participant. Even with the progress he's made, the Bears may opt to rest Kmet with a Week 11 bye on the docket. If he is indeed out, Demetrius Harris and J.P. Holtz figure to see more playing time.

Nov 14, 2020 3:55 PM EST

Misses second straight practice

Kmet (groin) didn't participate in Friday's practice.

Analysis: Kmet missed a practice last week with a groin injury and was ultimately active for the Week 9 loss to Tennessee, but his status is uncertain once again after a second straight missed practice. The rookie second-rounder needs to get on the field in some capacity Saturday to have a shot at playing in Monday's divisional clash against the Vikings. Demetrius Harris and J.P. Holtz both stand to see increased usage behind starter Jimmy Graham if Kmet is forced to miss Week 10.

Nov 13, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Held out Thursday

Kmet (groin) did not participate during the Bears' practice session Thursday.

Analysis: The second-round rookie had been dealing with a groin issue entering Chicago's Week 9 matchup against Tennesee, but he was ultimately able to suit up and field a season-high 36 offensive snaps during the contest. Kmet was not reported as having aggravated the groin injury postgame, but the issue continues to linger and resultingly limit his practice involvement. Behind starter Jimmy Graham, longtime Chief Demetrius Harris would receive additional tight end snaps if Kmet is ultimately unable to go for Monday night's home game against Minnesota.

Nov 12, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Active against Titans

Kmet (groin) is active Week 9 against Tennessee.

Analysis: Kmet's absence from Thursday's practice ultimately won't affect his gameday status, as the tight end will suit up in a seemingly regular capacity behind Jimmy Graham. He hasn't been much of a fantasy factor this year outside of a touchdown caught Week 6 against Carolina, as he's been without a catch in four of the eight games he's played.

Nov 8, 2020 8:36 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Kmet (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game at Tennessee, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: The rookie second-round pick was added to the injury report Thursday as a non-participant, but he returned to practice Friday in a limited fashion. Demetrius Harris and J.P. Holtz would be in line for increased reps behind Jimmy Graham should Kmet be sidelined Sunday.

Nov 6, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Tending to groin injury

Kmet (groin) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Kmet wasn't among the Bears' injured players Wednesday, so this 'DNP' is cause for concern with regard to his ability to suit up Sunday at Tennessee. If he's unable to go, any lingering TE reps behind Jimmy Graham will filter down to Demetrius Harris and J.P. Holtz.

Nov 5, 2020 2:22 PM EST

One catch in OT loss to Saints

Kmet corralled his only target for two yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Kmet dealt with a back injury and was reported as a limited participant in practice for the first time all season last Wednesday. The second-round rookie was able to recover with a full session the following day, ultimately recording his eighth appearance of 2020 Sunday against New Orleans. Despite him fielding a season-high 30 offensive snaps in the contest, Kmet's production against the Saints was a distant cry from the four catches, 65 yards and one touchdown he produced the preceding two outings.

Nov 3, 2020 7:24 PM EST

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