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Jelani Woods Standing Out At OTAs

Indianapolis Colts former third-round tight end Jelani Woods is entering a pivotal season early in his career, and his blend of size, speed and open-field ability could give the Colts offense the kind of downfield weapon that is tough to find at the position. Injuries have limited Woods early in his career. He played in 15 games (two starts) in his rookie year in 2022 and had 25 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns, but he didn't play at all in 2023 due to injuries to both of his hamstrings. The 25-year-old changed his training regimen to specifically strengthen his legs this offseason and feels much better. Head coach Shane Steichen said Woods has "been making a ton of plays" at OTAs this offseason. The Colts have a crowded TE room with Woods, Kylen Granson, Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree and Will Mallory, but if he stays healthy, Woods has the upside to be the Colts' top pass-catching TE.

Jun 3, 2024 2:21 PM EST


Jelani Woods Back In Action At OTAs

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) is back in action at organized team activities this week after missing all of last year due to hamstring injuries. Woods caught a pass on Wednesday from second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson while running a post route on air. The 25-year-old third round pick in 2022 out of Virginia will be competing for targets with Kylen Granson, who is in a contract year, and Drew Ogletree, but if he can stay on the field in 2024, he'll have some TE2 sleeper appeal with Richardson running the offense in Indy. In his first year in the NFL in 2022, Woods caught 25 passes on 40 targets for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games (two starts). The Colts' tight end room has been one to avoid for fantasy managers for a while, but Woods is certainly worth watching this summer.

May 22, 2024 9:17 PM EST



Jelani Woods Projected As A Starter

The Athletic's James Boyd has Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods projected as the team's starting tight end in May because he remains bullish on his potential, despite the fact he was sidelined all of last year due to hamstring injuries. Woods should be healthy for organized team activities, and his next-level athleticism will mesh perfectly with head coach Shane Steichen's play-calling to create mismatches all over the field. He's also big enough to block when needed, and Kylen Granson can continue to use his speed and route-running to help move the chains. Mo Alie-Cox will remain in the mix as a seasoned veteran. While Woods should have a bigger pass-catching role if he can stay on the field, this could once again be a frustrating committee situation at TE for fantasy managers.

May 9, 2024 11:41 PM EST


Jelani Woods May Not Play Again This Year

The Indianapolis Colts can't commit to tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) being able to return this season. Woods has had multiple hamstring injuries since training camp and hasn't appeared in a game in 2023. The 25-year-old caught 25 passes on 40 targets for 312 yards and three touchdowns as part of a committee approach at tight end in Indy in his rookie campaign, but he hasn't been able to contribute at all this year because of his hamstring injuries. Without Woods in the fold, the Colts continue to employ a committee approach among Kylen Granson, Drew Ogletree, Mo Alie-Cox and Will Mallory. Granson probably has the most upside of the bunch, but fantasy managers should be avoiding this TE situation at all costs.

Dec 12, 2023 12:48 PM EST


Jelani Woods Has Another Setback

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen said that tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) had a setback with his other hamstring, and the team is unsure if he will play this season. Woods was making progress with his hamstring injury at the end of October but apparently had a setback since then and now may not play at all in 2023. The 25-year-old was placed on Injured Reserve before the Week 1 season opener. The Colts will roll on with Kylen Granson as their primary tight end in a crowded room that also includes Drew Ogletree, Mo Alie-Cox and Will Mallory. Fantasy managers in standard-sized leagues have no business messing with the Colts' tight end situation. Woods, a third-round pick in 2022, had 25 catches (40 targets) for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games (two starts) in his rookie campaign.

Nov 20, 2023 1:20 PM EST



Jelani Woods "Getting Closer"

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen said that tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) is "getting closer" to making his return from Injured Reserve. The 25-year-old second-year tight end has been on Injured Reserve all year, but he could be close to returning to practice and having his three-week window opened to return from IR. Woods isn't worth stashing in most fantasy leagues, as he'll return to a crowded tight end room in Indianapolis when he's healthy. The Colts also have Kylen Granson, Drew Ogletree, Mo Alie-Cox and Will Mallory. Woods caught 25 of his 40 targets in his rookie year in 2022 for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games (two starts).

Oct 25, 2023 11:44 AM EST


Jelani Woods Not Ready To Practice

Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen says that tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) will remain on injured reserve this week, per Nate Atkins of The Indianapolis Star. Woods' hamstring injury cost him the entire preseason and he doesn't appear to be ready to take practice reps quite yet, either. The 2022 third-round pick flashed at times in his rookie season, ultimately securing 25 out of 40 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. Even so, Woods belongs on fantasy waiver wires with his return not exactly seeming imminent. Kylen Granson has acted as Indianapolis' primary tight end with 11 catches for 88 yards and a score, but Drew Ogletree generated 48 yards while visiting the end zone in Week 4. There's not much to see here for fantasy purposes in most leagues.

Oct 3, 2023 12:35 AM EST


Jelani Woods Placed On Injured Reserve

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) was placed on IR on Wednesday. The second-year tight end missed the entire preseason with a hamstring issue and now cannot be activated until at least Week 4. Woods posted a decent rookie season--as far as tight ends go--last year when he had 25 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns. The Colts will roll with Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox as their top two tight ends to begin the year. Neither player has much fantasy appeal in what appears to be a low-volume passing attack led by rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Aug 30, 2023 6:55 PM EST


Jelani Woods Remains Sidelined

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods (hamstring) remained on the sideline for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 24-year-old continues to deal with a lingering hamstring issue. It has sidelined him basically all of training camp and the preseason. At this point, it's uncertain if Woods is going to be available to begin the season. Kylen Granson, Andrew Ogletree and Mo Alie-Cox took the snaps during Thursday's preseason matchup. This could be a messy situation in terms of fantasy football, so probably something to avoid until this is sorted out.

Aug 25, 2023 9:34 AM EST


Sits out team drills

Woods (hamstring) didn't participate in team drills Monday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Jul 31, 2023 9:16 AM EST


Will be full go for training camp

Woods (hamstring) said Tuesday that he'll be full go for training camp, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Jul 25, 2023 7:49 AM EST


Bothered by hammy

Woods is dealing with a hamstring injury, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

May 25, 2023 10:53 AM EST


Rookie season ends with whimper

Woods had one reception for nine yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to Houston.

Jan 10, 2023 2:29 PM EST


Likely to serve as top TE again

Woods is expected to draw a third consecutive start Sunday against the Texans with Kylen Granson (ankle) ruled out for the season finale.

Jan 6, 2023 10:06 AM EST


Just three receptions

Woods had three receptions for 19 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss at the Giants.

Jan 2, 2023 10:49 AM EST


Shows big-play potential

Woods recorded three receptions on five targets for 43 yards in Monday's 20-3 loss to the Chargers.

Dec 26, 2022 9:13 PM EST


One catch in Week 15 loss

Woods caught his only target for 36 yards in Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Dec 19, 2022 10:27 AM EST


Limited role after big game

Woods had two receptions for 28 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss at Dallas.

Dec 6, 2022 10:18 AM EST


Listed as active Sunday night

Woods (shoulder/quad) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

Dec 4, 2022 3:59 PM EST


Questionable for Week 13

Woods (shoulder/quad) will be listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys.

Dec 2, 2022 11:48 AM EST