Yelder agreed to terms on a contract with Washington on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Yelder failed to receive a tender from the Chiefs this offseason, so he'll find a new home as an unrestricted free agent. Yelder played 14 games with Kansas City last season, hauling in seven of 11 targets for 36 yards over that span. The Western Kentucky product will look to earn a reserve role with Washington this offseason.
May 5, 2021 5:08 PM EST
Yelder won't be tendered by the Chiefs, making him an unrestricted free agent, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Yelder caught just seven passes in 14 games last season. The 26-year-old tight end hasn't shown the ability to be a difference-maker in the NFL up to this point.
Mar 14, 2021 4:30 PM EST
Yelder (groin) was activated off injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Yelder managed to return to practice earlier this week so it seemed destined the backup tight end would return in time for the Super Bowl. In 14 games this season, Yelder has recorded seven receptions for 36 yards.
Feb 6, 2021 10:40 AM EST
Yelder (groin) is slated to return to practice this week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: With that, Yelder is now on Kansas City's IR/Designated for Return list and it's possible that he could be activated for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Buccaneers. If so, he'd provide the team with tight end depth behind Travis Kelce and Nick Keizer.
Feb 1, 2021 2:25 PM EST
Yelder (groin) has been placed on IR by Kansas City.
Analysis: With Yelder on IR, Ricky Seals-Jones has been activated from Kansas City's practice squad to serve as the team's No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Nick Keizer.
Jan 16, 2021 12:57 PM EST
Yelder (groin) is questionable for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Browns, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Analysis: Yelder will handle a depth role at tight end if he's able to play Sunday, but Kansas City's target distribution will be essentially unchanged if he's sidelined. Through 14 regular-season games in 2020, Yelder only saw 11 targets.
Jan 15, 2021 12:09 PM EST
Yelder compiled just seven catches for 36 yards on 11 targets during the 2020 campaign.
Analysis: Yelder appeared in 14 games for the Chiefs and logged 194 offensive snaps, but it's not hard to understand why he saw very few balls tossed his direction in a Chiefs passing offense loaded with talent. Yelder's two-year deal with the Chiefs expires this offseason, but he remains a restricted free agent and would return to Kansas City if the front office elects to match any offers from other clubs.
Jan 8, 2021 4:20 PM EST
Yelder wasn't targeted during Sunday's 22-16 win over Denver.
Analysis: The 25-year-old has played 15 offensive snaps in each of the past three games and has one catch for two yards during that stretch. Yelder should continue working as Kansas City's No. 3 tight end behind Travis Kelce and Nick Keizer.
Dec 8, 2020 7:14 PM EST
Yelder (groin) was a full participant in Monday's practice.
Analysis: Yelder dealt with a groin strain throughout training camp, but he's managed to put the issue behind him ahead of Thursday's season-opener against the Texans. He's set to contribute as a reserve option in Kansas City's tight end corps.
Sep 7, 2020 4:44 PM EST
Yelder (groin) saw action during Monday's practice, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It was certainly good news that Yelder suited up in padded practice Monday, as he was dealing with a groin strain for the past few weeks. It's still unclear whether Yelder will be ready to rock for Week 1 of the regular season. Yelder is expected to be the third-string tight end behind Travis Kelce and Ricky Seals-Jones.
Aug 31, 2020 5:11 PM EST
Head coach Andy Reid said Sunday that Yelder is battling a slight groin strain, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Reid portrayed this as a mild injury, so there shouldn't be much concern about Yelder's availability for the season opener Sept. 10 against the Texans. Yelder is expected to be the third-string tight end behind Travis Kelce and Ricky Seals-Jones.
Aug 16, 2020 12:03 PM EST
Yelder has officially signed his exclusive-rights contract with the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Yelder is currently projected as the No. 3 tight end on the Chiefs' roster heading into the 2020 season behind Travis Kelce and Ricky Seals-Jones. The 25-year-old recorded three receptions for 50 yards last year.
Apr 20, 2020 5:01 PM EST
Yelder collected just three passes for 50 yards on four targets during 2019.
Analysis: Yelder was a darkhorse candidate to see some run behind Travis Kelce at the tight end position but it never really materialize, with the second-year tight end remaining behind Blake Bell for reps. While Bell is set to become an unrestricted free agent, Yelder is an exlusive-rights free agent, meaning the Chiefs could tender him a league-minimum contract and keep him around for another season. Even if Yelder is back and Bell is gone, Yelder remains unlikely to see receive much fantasy attention in 2020 as long as Kelce remains healthy.
Jan 6, 2020 2:34 PM EST
Yelder reeled in both of his two targets for 43 yards Sunday against the Lions.
Analysis: Yelder had not recorded an offensive snap prior to Sunday's game, but he made the most of his five snaps. He's still behind both Travis Kelce and Blake Bell on the depth chart, though Yelder could prove the better fantasy option should Kelce miss time.
Oct 1, 2019 8:20 AM EST
Coach Andy Reid indicated that Yelder (ankle) "is healthy and ready to roll" ahead of Sunday's regular-season opener against the Jaguars, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Yelder should slot in as the Chiefs' second-string tight end in the opener after battling an ankle injury during portions of the preseason. The role netted Demetrius Harris just 12 catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns last season, but Yelder could gain fantasy relevance should start tight end Travis Kelce miss any time
Sep 2, 2019 9:36 PM EST
Yelder (ankle) was wearing a walking boot after Saturday's preseason defeat at Pittsburgh, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Yelder may merely be donning the boot until the Chiefs return to Kansas City, where he'll undergo a more thorough evaluation of the injury to figure out the nature and severity. In any case, the tight end is hurting his chances to hold onto the No. 2 role behind starter Travis Kelce. Yelder's primary competitor is free-agent pickup Blake Bell.
Aug 17, 2019 9:08 PM EST
Yelder left Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.
Analysis: The injury occurred in the first half. He logged two catches for 31 yards prior to his departure.
Aug 17, 2019 7:10 PM EST
Yelder (hamstring) hauled in two passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener against the Bengals.
Analysis: Yelder is slated to serve as the team's top backup at the tight end position this season behind Travis Kelce, and his impact in the opener is a positive sign that he may be able to step in and produce should Kelce miss time. Yelder appeared in just three games as a rookie in 2018 but didn't record any regular-season stats.
Aug 15, 2019 1:17 PM EST
Yelder missed OTAs and June minicamp with a hamstring injury, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: The injury comes at an inopportune time for the 24-year-old, who can compete for the No. 2 tight end spot behind Travis Kelce now that Demetrius Harris is in Cleveland. Yelder's competition comes in the form of John Lovett, whose versatility is very appealing to the Chiefs' staff. Yelder played in New Orleans last season and only saw eight snaps -- just one of those on offense -- over three games. At Western Kentucky, Yelder found some success in his senior season, racking up 52 receptions for 688 yards and seven touchdowns over 12 games.
Jul 14, 2019 10:17 AM EST
Yelder was promoted to the Chiefs' 53-man roster from the practice squad Tuesday.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie tight end latched on with Kansas City's practice squad after he was cut by the Saints in the preseason. Yelder worked hard enough to earn a promotion, and could see a role primarily on special teams and provide depth at tight end for the Chiefs.
Oct 23, 2018 11:06 AM EST
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