James O'Shaughnessy

Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #80
Minnesota Vikings
Tight End #80

James O'Shaughnessy News

Joins Vikings practice squad

O'Shaughnessy signed with Minnesota's practice squad Monday.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy has 80 games of NFL experience under his belt, split between the Chiefs and Jaguars. The 30-year-old tight end could be called upon to provide depth behind trade acquisition T.J. Hockenson.

Nov 14, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Gets workout with Cleveland

O'Shaughnessy (undisclosed) had a tryout with the Browns on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy signed a one-year contract with the Bears in April, but he was released Aug. 30 with a non-football illness designation. Now apparently back to full health, O'Shaughnessy is working to find a new team. The Browns placed Jesse James (biceps) on IR last Tuesday and currently only have two tight ends on their active roster.

Sep 27, 2022 3:04 PM EST

Let go with NFI designation

The Bears released O'Shaughnessy with a non-football illness designation Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy appeared a fair candidate to secure a depth role in Chicago's tight end room, but he ultimately couldn't earn a spot on the team's initial 53-man roster due to an unknown aliment. The 2015 fifth-round pick appeared in 22 games over the past two seasons with Jacksonville, catching 52 of 72 targets for 506 yards, so once healthy, he figures to garner attention in free agency.

Aug 30, 2022 3:27 PM EST

Released by Chicago

The Bears released O'Shaughnessy on Tuesday, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy appeared a fair candidate to secure a depth role in Chicago's right end room, but he ultimately couldn't earn a spot on the initial 53-man roster. Once the Bears open up further roster spots, it's possible O'Shaughnessy could end up rejoining the team. At the moment, Cole Kmet and Ryan Griffin are the only tight ends on Chicago's roster.

Aug 30, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Targeted once

O'Shaughnessy posted a four-yard reception in the Bears' 21-20 win against the Browns on Saturday.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy hauled in his lone target late in the first half when the Bears brought in their backups. With Ryan Griffin playing earlier with the starters, it's possible that O'Shaughnessy starts the season as the Bears' No. 3 tight end.

Aug 28, 2022 9:23 AM EST

Corrals lone target

O'Shaughnessy caught one pass for 16 yards in the Bears' 27-11 preseason win over the Seahawks' on Thursday.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy took the field on the second drive, right after the Bears took their first-team offense on the field. His reception came from backup quarterback Trevor Siemian. The tight end will likely continue to battle with Ryan Griffin for the No. 2 tight end role behind Cole Kmet.

Aug 19, 2022 4:28 AM EST

Back on practice field

O'Shaughnessy (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: After missing last week's game due to the undisclosed injury, O'Shaughnessy's return to practice may put him on track to appear in Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

Aug 16, 2022 11:37 AM EST

Unlikely to play Saturday

O'Shaughnessy (undisclosed) isn't expected to suit up for Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Among a number of players battling injuries, O'Shaughnessy was reported to be one of those who is not expected to face the Chiefs. Currently third on the Bears' depth chart at tight end, he's competing for a backup role with Ryan Griffin (undisclosed).

Aug 11, 2022 11:18 AM EST

May be useful blocker

O'Shaughnessy can seal off the edge as a run blocker while occasionally moving into the slot, Parker Hurley of BearGogglesOn reports.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy will likely slot in as the third tight end on the Bears' depth chart behind Cole Kmet and Ryan Griffin. It's unlikely he'll be selected in most fantasy drafts. However, he was on his way to a career year last year with the Jaguars, when he caught 24 passes for 244 yards in seven games. Should he be forced into a prominent role at some point, he could be a capable receiver. Otherwise, it would appear that most of his snaps will see him function as a blocker.

Aug 9, 2022 8:10 AM EST

Signed by Chicago

The Bears signed O'Shaughnessy to a one-year contract Monday.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy now joins a tight end room led by Cole Kmet, alongside Ryan Griffin & Jesper Horsted. The veteran was limited to just seven appearances with Jacksonville last season, as he dealt with hip and ankle injuries, but he now appears fully healthy. In those seven contests, O'Shaughnessy secured 24 of 34 targets for 244 yards, but he was held without a touchdown.

Apr 18, 2022 7:42 AM EST

Visits Bears

O'Shaughnessy visited the Bears on Monday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy missed the last two weeks of the season with a hip injury and only appeared in seven games in 2021, while also missing time with an ankle injury. The 29-year-old recorded 24 catches on 34 targets for 244 years, which would have put him on a path for career highs had he played the full season.

Apr 11, 2022 6:59 PM EST

Won't play Week 18

O'Shaughnessy (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy will be sidelined by the hip injury for the second straight game to finish the season. He was limited to seven games in 2021 and caught 24 of 34 targets for 244 yards and zero touchdowns. He'll turn 30 years old in mid-January and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.

Jan 7, 2022 12:35 PM EST

Absent from practice Thursday

O'Shaughnessy (hip) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy has now missed the first two days of practice ahead of Sunday's Week 18 matchup against the Colts. Unless he returns to the practice field in some capacity Friday, the tight end could be forced to miss a second straight game to close out the regular season.

Jan 6, 2022 12:43 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

O'Shaughnessy (hip) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice session.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy was a non-participant in practice throughout last week before being ruled out for Sunday's game against New England. He'll presumably need to practice in some capacity later this week if he hopes to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against Indianapolis.

Jan 5, 2022 1:02 PM EST

Won't play Week 17

O'Shaughnessy (hip) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy was unable to practice due to the hip injury this week and won't be available for Sunday's contest. Christ Manhertz (illness) and Jacob Hollister (illness) are both on the reserve/COVID-19 list, leaving Luke Farrell and Kahale Warring as Jacksonville's remaining available tight ends.

Dec 31, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Misses another practice Thursday

O'Shaughnessy (hip) remained sidelined at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Thursday's absence was O'Shaughnessy's second in a row due to this hip injury. Friday's injury report should help clarify the state of Jacksonville's tight end room, as the team is currently dealing with multiple injuries and a COVID-19 outbreak at the position ahead of Sunday's trip to New England.

Dec 30, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Misses practice with hip injury

O'Shaughnessy (hip) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: It's rough timing for the Jaguars as they have four tight ends on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of a trip to New England. Among the bunch, Jacob Hollister and Dan Arnold (knee) would be most likely to see targets if they're able to play and O'Shaughnessy isn't. Kahale Warring is Jacksonville's only healthy tight end who isn't on the COVID list.

Dec 29, 2021 1:59 PM EST

More decent production

O'Shaughnessy caught all four of his targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy has caught exactly four passes in three straight games as he continues to show a solid rapport with rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. O'Shaughnessy is averaging 3.4 catches and 34.4 receiving yards in five games since returning from injured reserve Week 12, so his fantasy outlook remains quite limited.

Dec 27, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Leads pass catchers Sunday

O'Shaughnessy caught all four of his targets for 60 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy led Jacksonville in receiving yards and nearly topped his yardage total from the previous three games combined (63 yards). The 29-year-old doesn't offer much fantasy potential given the inconsistency of rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, and Sunday's performance is likely close to the ceiling for the tight end's production.

Dec 19, 2021 2:35 PM EST

Secures four catches

O'Shaughnessy caught four of six targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss at Tennessee.

Analysis: O'Shaughnessy tied-third on the team in targets and was Jacksonville's only tight end to play double-digit offensive snaps. The 29-year-old has a healthy 17 targets and a touchdown in three games since returning from injured reserve, but he has only nine catches and 63 receiving yards to show for his involvement in the passing game.

Dec 13, 2021 10:58 AM EST

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