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Deon Yelder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #19
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight End #19

Deon Yelder News

Hits waivers

The Titans waived Yelder on Monday, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Yelder spent the last three seasons in Kansas City, where he totaled 10 catches for 86 yards across 26 appearances. After spending time with both Washington and Tennessee this offseason, Yelder will now need to search for a depth gig elsewhere.

Aug 17, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Joins Titans

Yelder signed with the Titans on Sunday, Jim Wyatt of the Titan's official site reports.

Analysis: Yelder will take the roster spot vacated by Gabe Holmes, whom the Titans waived in a corresponding move. He spent the previous three seasons with the Chiefs, totaling 10 catches for 86 yards.

Aug 15, 2021 4:51 PM EST

Cut loose by Washington

Yelder was released by Washington on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Yelder spent the first three seasons of his career in Kansas City and latched on with Washington in May. Yelder will look to latch on with a new team and serve as a depth tight end. He's recorded 10 receptions and 86 yards across 26 games for his career.

Jul 27, 2021 6:31 PM EST

Finds new home

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

Won't be tendered

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

Activated off injured reserve

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

Set to return to practice

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

Lands on IR

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

Questionable for divisional round

Yelder (groin) is questionable for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Browns, Pete Sweeney of 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

Minimal production in 2020

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

No targets Sunday

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

Ready to rock

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

Suits up Monday

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

Tending to groin injury

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

Staying with Chiefs

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

Minimal 2019 impact

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

Makes first impact

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

Will be ready for Week 1

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

Donning walking boot

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

Questionable to return Saturday

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

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