Deontay Burnett

Deontay Burnett

Wide Receiver #80
Team: New York Jets
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 186 lb.
College:None
Age:22
Born:October 4, 1997
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

Deontay Burnett: Appears in two games

Burnett finished the 2019 regular season with two catches on four targets for 48 yards and caught his only target of the Wild Card loss to Seattle for a five-yard gain.

Analysis: Those were the only two games of the season for Burnett, who joined the Eagles' practice squad in mid-December before injuries necessitated his call-up. He was with the Jets in the preseason but spent the bulk of the year on the 49ers practice squad. The 22-year-old now heads into the offseason an exclusive-rights free agent and therefore will be back with the Eagles in 2020 if the club elects to extend him a qualifying offer.

January 16, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Starts in team debut Week 17

Burnett was listed as one of the Eagles' three starting receivers Week 17 in the team's 34-17 win over the Giants, finishing with two receptions for 48 yards on four targets.

Analysis: Though he received the starting nod in first game with the Eagles since being promoted from the practice squad, Burnett essentially split the No. 3 receiver job with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, with two playing 15 and 17 percent of the offensive snaps, respectively. Despite the light workload, Burnett still led the Eagles wideouts in yardage and finished second in receptions behind Greg Ward (six), while Arcega-Whiteside and Robert Davis combined to record zero catches on two targets. Burnett did the bulk of his damage on the first play of the fourth quarter, reeling in a 41-yard pass that helped set up a field goal. With Nelson Agholor (knee) seemingly trending toward another absence in Sunday's wild-card game against the Seahawks and with both Arcega-Whiteside and Davis having failed to take advantage of expanded reps in recent weeks, Burnett could benefit from a jump in playing time during the playoffs.

January 2, 2020 6:33 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Promoted to active roster

Burnett joined the Eagles' active roster Tuesday.

Analysis: Burnett makes the jump from the team's practice squad as their already-beleaguered receiving corps picked up another injury in Sunday's win over the Cowboys when J.J. Arcega-Whiteside reinjured his foot. With Nelson Agholor (knee) likely out again Week 17, Burnett could see time behind Greg Ward, Arcega-Whiteside and Robert Davis.

December 24, 2019 11:31 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Signs with Eagles' practice squad

Burnett signed a contract with the Eagles' practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Burnett's chance on the practice squad comes following moves to promote Robert Davis to the active roster and place Alshon Jeffery (foot) on injured reserve. The Eagles' receiving corps has dealt with a plethora of injuries this season, so Burnett could have an opportunity to bump to the 53-man roster down the stretch should a depth role open up.

December 12, 2019 8:17 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Joins 49ers' practice squad

Burnett has signed with the 49ers' practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Burnett worked out with a plethora of receivers, but ultimately got the job. He will now work with the 49ers' receiving corps at practice, but will some injuries on the 53-man roster in order to ultimately get called up. The 22-year-old suited up for five games with the Jets in 2018.

October 15, 2019 4:33 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Scores TD in preseason Week 2

Burnett caught two of three targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 22-10 win over Atlanta in Week 2 of preseason.

Analysis: Burnett looks to be playing his way onto the Jets' roster, and he bolstered his case with a nine-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. New York's receiving corps has a clear-cut top three in Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder, but Burnett could be the guy called upon to step up should any member of that trio suffer an injury.

August 16, 2019 8:30 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Four catches to open preseason

Burnett caught all four of his targets for 12 yards in Thursday's 31-22 preseason opening loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Burnett did his damage near the line of scrimmage, but at least he was getting open. While the second-year receiver out of USC is known for his chemistry with starting quarterback Sam Darnold, all four of his catches in this one came courtesy of backup Trevor Siemian.

August 9, 2019 8:18 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Signs contract tender with Jets

Burnett signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Jets on Thursday.

Analysis: Burnett appeared in five games as an undrafted rookie in 2018 and could continue to work his way up the depth chart with the Jets. As things sit he appears on the fringe of the roster and will need a quality camp and some special teams contributions to earn himself a Week 1 spot.

March 28, 2019 3:36 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Receives contract tender

Burnett, an exclusive-rights free agent, has been tendered by the Jets, Randy Lange of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Burnett appeared in five games for the Jets last season, seeing all 128 of his snaps on offense and ultimately catching 10 of 15 targets for 143 yards, including three catches of at least 20 yards. He has to sit out of football is he doesn't sign the tender, so the USC product and former collegiate teammate of QB Sam Darnold is effectively set to compete for a depth role in the Jets' underwhelming receiving corps this offseason.

March 7, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Catches five to cap rookie season

Burnett caught all five of his targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England. He finishes his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 143 yards.

Analysis: Burnett racked up just more than half of his season production in this game, so it will serve as a nice start to his audition for a depth role with the Jets next season. Called up from the practice squad after latching on as an undrafted free agent, Burnett's biggest selling point is his chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold from their days at USC.

December 30, 2018 4:22 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: In line for elevated role

Burnett will have an increased role in the offense Sunday in New England with Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (Achilles) out of the lineup, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: An undrafted rookie, Burnett made an impact Week 8 with Robby Anderson and Enunwa sidelined, reeling in all four passes from Sam Darnold for 61 yards. Clearly, Burnett will have a similar opportunity this time around, but Anderson, Chris Herndon and Elijah McGuire have better odds to profit due to their respective places in the offense

December 28, 2018 11:03 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: Held without catch in Week 16

Burnett failed to haul in either of his two targets in Sunday's 44-38 overtime loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Burnett made a spectacular one-handed grab behind the end zone on one of the balls thrown his way, but he was well out of bounds while doing so. The undrafted free agent out of USC is buried deep down the Jets' depth chart, but his chemistry with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could allow Burnett to stick around with the team moving forward.

December 23, 2018 5:13 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Healthy inactive

Burnett (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bills.

Analysis: Burnett lines up as the No. 7 wide receiver, and with the other six wideouts healthy he isn't needed at this time. Burnett has five catches on eight targets for 70 yards in three games this year.

December 9, 2018 9:03 AM EST

Deontay Burnett: No catches in Week 9

Burnett was blanked on two targets in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Burnett fell back into obscurity with fellow wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson both returning from their respective ankle injuries. Don't expect the undrafted rookie to play much of a role against the Bills in Week 10.

November 4, 2018 7:04 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Catches all four Week 8 targets

Burnett caught all four of his targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Burnett's excellent chemistry with former college teammate Sam Darnold was on display, as the undrafted rookie led New York in receiving yards. His most impressive play was a 29-yard catch on a jump ball that hit cornerback Kyle Fuller in the hands before being corralled by Burnett. With Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson both battling ankle injuries, Burnett's likely earned himself some more offensive snaps for the Week 9 tilt in Miami.

October 28, 2018 7:11 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Secures first NFL catch

Burnett caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: This was a forgettable day for most of the Jets, but Burnett created an unforgettable memory for himself by hauling in his first NFL catch. With Quincy Enunwa (ankle) likely to miss another couple weeks, Burnett should see a few snaps against the Bears in Week 8. Whether he can translate those snaps into meaningful production is a different matter.

October 21, 2018 6:11 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Brought up from practice squad

Burnett was activated from the Jets' practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Burnett joins the team's active roster with veteran Terrelle Pryor (groin) getting released in a corresponding move. New York has expressed interest in bringing Pryor back once he heals up in a couple weeks, so Burnett's stay on the roster could be short-lived. Still, the undrafted free agent could offer a sliver of short-term value since he has chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold from their college days at USC and the Jets are shorthanded at the wide receiver position with Pryor gone and Quincy Enunwa (ankle) sidelined.

October 20, 2018 2:59 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Signs with Jets' practice squad

The Jets signed Burnett to the practice squad Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Burnett signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in May and put together a strong preseason before being released during final roster cuts. He takes the spot of ArDarius Stewart, who was placed on the team's practice squad IR.

September 25, 2018 4:37 PM EST

Deontay Burnett: Cut by Titans

Burnett was released by the Titans on Saturday, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of USC built up some hype during training camp and then caught 11 passes for 93 yards in the preseason. It wasn't quite enough to win a spot on the 53-man roster, but Burnett is a strong bet to resurface on the practice squad within the next few days.

September 1, 2018 10:25 AM EST

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