Deon Yelder

Deon Yelder

Tight End #19
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 249 lb.
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Deon Yelder: 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.

September 7, 2020 4:44 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

August 31, 2020 5:11 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

August 16, 2020 12:03 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

April 20, 2020 5:01 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

January 6, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

October 1, 2019 8:20 AM EST

Deon Yelder: 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

September 2, 2019 9:36 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

August 17, 2019 9:08 PM EST

Deon Yelder: 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.

August 17, 2019 7:10 PM EST

Deon Yelder: Notches touchdown in preseason opener

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.

August 15, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Deon Yelder: Dealing with hamstring injury

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.

July 14, 2019 10:17 AM EST

Deon Yelder: Elevated to 53-man roster

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.

October 23, 2018 11:06 AM EST

Deon Yelder: Waived by Saints

Yelder was waived by the Saints on Friday, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Yelder inked a deal with the Saints after going undrafted in April. The rookie was hopeful to earn a role aiding special teams and providing depth at tight end. However, he will now be forced to look for a new opportunity unless New Orleans opt to bring him back on its practice squad.

August 31, 2018 6:51 PM EST

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