Diontae Spencer

New York Jets
Wide Receiver #0
New York Jets
Wide Receiver #0

Diontae Spencer News

Let go Tuesday

Spencer was cut from the Jets' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Spencer has now been cut from the team's practice squad for the third time this season, so a return is certainly possible. The 30-year-old had a regular role with the Broncos each of the last three seasons as a return man, but he's failed to find a role with the Jets. If the Jets don't come back calling, Spencer will look to earn an opportunity elsewhere.

Nov 29, 2022 2:51 PM EST


Joins Jets practice squad

Spencer signed with the Jets' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: This will be Spencer's third time joining New York's practice squad this season. Throughout his past three seasons in the league, Spencer has been with the Broncos, where he recorded a mere 10 receptions for 54 yards.

Oct 11, 2022 3:58 PM EST



Let go by Jets

Spencer was released from the Jets' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: For the second time in two weeks, Spencer was cut loose from New York's practice squad. The 30-year-old wideout spent his last three NFL seasons with the Broncos, where he collected just 10 receptions for 54 yards in that span.

Sep 27, 2022 2:43 PM EST


Joins practice squad

Spencer signed with the Jets' practice squad Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Spencer originally joined the Jets' practice squad Sept. 6 then was cut Sept. 14. He'll now get a second chance with the team. The 30-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Broncos, where he was primarily used as a return man, while remaining near the bottom of the team's wide receiver positional depth chart.

Sep 20, 2022 12:47 PM EST


Cut by Jets

Spencer was released from the Jets' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Spencer was let go by the Jets just one week after joining the team's practice squad. The 30-year-old wideout recorded ten receptions for 54 yards while playing primarily on special teams (365 of his 552 total snaps) over the past three seasons with the Broncos. Spencer will now likely look to work his way up from the practice squad with a new team in need of wide receiver depth at some point this season.

Sep 14, 2022 5:55 PM EST



Joins Jets' practice squad

The Jets signed Spencer to their practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Spencer previously signed with the Rams' and Steelers' practice squads, but it wasn't until 2019 where he made his NFL debut for the Broncos. Over the last three seasons, the 5-foot-8 receiver suited up for 42 games, catching just 10 passes for 54 yards in that span. Spencer is now a candidate for a promotion to the Jets' active roster should the team's WR corps miss time.

Sep 6, 2022 3:04 PM EST


Won't be tendered

The Broncos won't tender Spencer, who will become a free agent when the new league year starts March 16, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Spencer had two good years as the Broncos' primary returner, but he struggled in that role last season. He garnered a minimal role on offense during his three seasons in Denver, registering just 10 catches for 54 yards.

Mar 13, 2022 12:53 PM EST


Records one catch in 2021

Spencer finished the 2021 season with one catch for minus-3 yards.

Analysis: Spencer played in all but two games this season, but was a non-factor for the Broncos' offense. The 29-year-old played on just six percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2021, finding it difficult to see the field behind the team's top trio of Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick at wide receiver. Spencer did most of his damage as Denver's leading returner, totaling 17 kickoff returns for 291 yards and 26 punt returns for 206 yards. The wideout will enter the 2022 offseason as a restricted free agent and will be free to negotiate with any teams interested in signing him. The Broncos, however, can match a contract offer if they wish to keep him with the team. Denver's receiving corps is a talented and crowded group, so it will be interesting to see if the Broncos keep Spencer around in 2022. If not, Spencer may look to sign with another team in an effort to push for more playing time on offense.

Jan 17, 2022 12:35 PM EST


Inactive Saturday

Spencer is listed as inactive for Saturday's regular-season finale against the Chiefs due to a coach's decision, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports.

Analysis: With six other healthy wide receivers available, Spencer will be the odd man out Saturday. Thus, his 2020 campaign will officially come to an end.

Jan 8, 2022 12:12 PM EST


Plays three offensive snaps

Spencer failed to record a single target in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: With both Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Spencer entered Sunday's contest as a candidate to see an increased workload. Unfortunately, this was not the case, as the wideout played just a few snaps and was not targeted by Drew Lock. Spencer remains far off the fantasy radar for a Week 18 matchup with the Chiefs.

Jan 5, 2022 4:51 AM EST


Starting role likely awaits

Spencer could have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Chargers with Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) not available after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Courtland Sutton (illness) listed as questionable for the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Head coach Vic Fangio said that Sutton could still wind up on the list after sitting out Friday's practice with an illness, potentially leaving Denver without its top three receivers. Spencer and Kendall Hinton were left as the only fully healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster Friday before Travis Fulgham and Seth Williams were elevated from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements for Jeudy and Patrick. With that in mind, Spencer and Hinton are presumably first in line to fill the vacated snaps at receiver, though neither has a resume at the NFL level that makes either a must-start fantasy option. Backup quarterback Drew Lock will also be directing the offense for a second straight game while Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is out, which could result in the low-tempo Denver offense becoming even more run-heavy.

Dec 31, 2021 3:33 PM EST


Held catchless in loss

Spencer failed to secure his lone target in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Spencer played on just two of the Broncos' 60 offensive snaps Sunday. In a game where Denver trailed Pittsburgh for most of the contest, Spencer's lack of usage was somewhat surprising. The 29-year-old wideout is currently the No. 4 wide receiver on the Broncos' depth chart after KJ Hamler suffered a season-ending torn ACL and while Jerry Jeudy remains sidelined with an ankle injury. With the latter making his return to the field in the near future, Spencer should be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Oct 11, 2021 9:12 PM EST


Ready to face Steelers

Spencer is active for Sunday's matchup against the Steelers.

Analysis: Spencer entered Sunday with a questionable tag due to a chest injury. He exited the team's Week 4 contest early with the injury, but he was able to return to log two limited practices to close the week. Spencer should serve as the Broncos' primary return man, paired with a very limited offensive role.

Oct 10, 2021 8:47 AM EST


Questionable for Week 5

Spencer (chest) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Spencer practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, but he'll enter Friday's matchup with an injury designation after he exited last week's loss to the Ravens. Kendall Hinton and David Moore will likely see additional work if the 29-year-old is unavailable against Pittsburgh.

Oct 8, 2021 5:56 PM EST


Limited in Thursday's practice

Spencer (chest) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Spencer was unable to practice Wednesday, so it was encouraging to see him back on the field a day later. The 29-year-old will likely have to log a full practice Friday if he hopes to avoid an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Oct 7, 2021 11:06 AM EST


Not at practice Wednesday

Spencer (chest) didn't practice Wednesday, George Stoia III of The Denver Gazette reports.

Analysis: Spencer was forced to leave Sunday's loss to the Ravens after a hard hit in the first half. The 29-year-old is considered day-to-day, so his status should be monitored throughout the week. If he is unable to suit up, the Broncos would likely have to use Kendall Hinton as their primary return man.

Oct 6, 2021 11:10 AM EST


Considered day-to-day

Spencer (chest) is considered day-to-day after exiting Sunday's game against the Ravens, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Spencer took a hard hit in the first half of Sunday's loss to Baltimore, and he was unable to finish the contest. His Week 5 status likely depends on how much he's able to practice this week, but David Moore and Kendall Hinton are in line for increased roles against the Steelers if the 29-year-old is held out.

Oct 4, 2021 10:47 AM EST


Won't return Sunday

Spencer (chest) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Analysis: Spencer's downgrade means the Broncos will be further shorthanded at receiver for the rest of the contest. Kendall Hinton has already picked up a target in the 29-year-old's absence, and David Moore could see extra work as well.

Oct 3, 2021 3:17 PM EST


Suffers chest injury Sunday

Spencer (chest) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest against the Ravens, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.

Analysis: Spencer couldn't haul in his only target before leaving with an injury in the first half of Week 4. With KJ Hamler (knee) out for the year, the Broncos are already without one of their top returners. If Spencer is unable to return, Kendall Hinton would be the most likely candidate to return kicks and punts for the rest of the contest.

Oct 3, 2021 2:52 PM EST


Expanded role looming

Spencer will be the next man up after the Broncos lost KJ Hamler (knee) for the season, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.

Analysis: After logging just nine offensive snaps through the first two weeks of the season, Spencer played 23 snaps during Sunday's contest. The 29-year-old will likely slide into the third spot on the depth chart while the Broncos are without Hamler and Jerry Jeudy. Spencer has only caught 10 passes during his three-year career, so fantasy expectations should be tempered despite the uptick in snaps.

Sep 28, 2021 12:40 PM EST


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