Jelani Woods

Indianapolis Colts
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Rookie season ends with whimper

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

Analysis: After starting at tight end in Week 16 and 17 with Kylen Granson out, Mo-Alie Cox got the start in Week 18 but Woods had more targets and ran more routs (23 to 17). Woods showed promise in his rookie season with 25 receptions for 312 yards and three touchdowns. After posting eight receptions for 98 yards in Week 12, it looked like he may take over the top tight end role in the passing game. However, he had just 10 receptions for 135 yards over the final five games. His late season disappointment was in part due to shaky quarterback play but also due to the Colts continuing to divide up tight end targets. Woods showed enough of a spark perhaps the team can make him more of a focus in 2023.

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.

Analysis: Woods technically started in Week 16 and Week 17 losses to the Chargers and Giants, respectively, but he narrowly outpaced fellow tight end Mo Alie-Cox in playing time. Woods logged snap shares of 64 and 61 percent in those two contests, while Alie-Cox registered 44 and 54 percent shares. However, Woods was the more productive receiver of the two; he recorded six catches for 62 yards on nine targets during that span, while Alie-Cox was targeted just three times.

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.

Analysis: Mo Alie-Cox got the start at tight end, but Woods played more snaps (35 to 31) and went out on more routes (15 to 10). Woods has become the leading pass target among the tight ends with Kylen Granson (ankle) sidelined. However, Indy's anemic pass offense won't afford him many targets even with a good matchup in the season finale against Houston.

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.

Analysis: Woods saw increased opportunity with Kylen Granson (ankle) sidelined. While the Colts' offense was stalled for much of the game, Woods delivered catches of 17 and 15 yards early in the first quarter to account for the majority of his production and some of the team's better plays. He's been buried on the depth chart for long stretches of his rookie season, though Woods has multiple receptions in three of his last four contests.

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.

Analysis: Woods actually finished second on the team in receiving yards, trailing only Michael Pittman, who needed 14 targets to accrue 60 yards. The rookie tight end has flashed some promise, but Woods' short-term value is capped as he shares playing time with Kylen Granson in a low-octane Colts passing attack helmed by a washed-up Matt Ryan.

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.

Analysis: A week after posting eight catches for 98 yards on nine targets, Woods was an afterthought in the offense until late in the fourth quarter. Kylen Granson returned from an illness and started at tight end. Granson played the most snaps on offense (41) of the tight ends compared to Mo Alie-Cox (31) and Woods (15), though Woods ran the second-most routes. Perhaps Woods will get more of a role after the bye given his upside, but the Colts have split targets three ways all season between the tight ends amid a passing attack that has struggled.

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.

Analysis: Woods, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, logged a full session Friday before being deemed questionable for the contest. The 2022 third-rounder, who is coming off a breakout effort in Week 12 in which he caught eight of his nine targets for 98 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Steelers, will give it a go versus Dallas, but the return to action of fellow tight end Kylen Granson (who was inactive versus Pittsburgh due to an illness) means that Woods will have to share snaps with both Granson and Mo Alie-Cox, a context that could cut into the rookie's volume Sunday night.

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.

Analysis: Woods, who missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, was back on the field Friday, per Zak Keefer of The Athletic, but the tight end's status is unclear as Sunday night's 8:20 ET kickoff approaches. Woods is coming off a Week 12 effort in which he caught eight of his nine targets for 98 yards in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers, but that season-high output coincided with fellow tight end Kylen Granson (who has practiced fully this week) being sidelined by an illness. Given Granson's looming availability and the timing of the Colts' kickoff, Woods currently profiles as a speculative fantasy lineup option in Week 13.

Dec 2, 2022 11:48 AM EST

In line to practice Friday

Woods (shoulder/quad) is slated to practice Friday, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Woods didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but his looming practice participation Friday suggests that the tight end could play Sunday night against the Cowboys. With Kylen Granson inactive in Week 12 due to an illness, Woods logged 41 snaps against the Steelers, while catching eight passes on nine targets for a team-high 98 yards.

Dec 2, 2022 10:12 AM EST

Still not practicing

Woods (shoulder/quad) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Woods logged a 'DNP' in Wednesday's walk-through, so the tight ends absence from Thursday's session clouds his availability for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. On the plus side from the Colts' perspective is that Kylen Granson (who was inactive in Week 12 due to an illness) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday.

Dec 1, 2022 10:41 AM EST

Listed as DNP after big game

Woods (shoulder/quad) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report.

Analysis: The report is an estimation, as the Colts merely held a walkthrough two days after losing to the Steelers on Monday Night Football. Woods was the star of the night for Indianapolis with eight catches for 98 yards on nine targets, though he apparently added a quad injury to the shoulder issue that caused him to miss the previous game. His big outing Monday came with fellow tight end Kylen Granson sidelined by an illness, and it's possible Woods sees his role diminished now that he's the least healthy of Indy's TE trio (Mo Alie-Cox being the third). On the other hand, Granson hasn't done a whole lot while getting most of the TE snaps in obvious passing situations this year, and Woods is a third-round rookie with 4.61 speed who just threatened 100 yards. He'll need to prove his health, of course, before he can attempt to build on the breakout performance Sunday night in Dallas.

Nov 30, 2022 1:22 PM EST

Breaks out in prime time

Woods caught eight of nine targets for 98 yards in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Woods came in with just seven catches for 79 yards in his career, but he surpassed both totals in this game alone. The rookie tight end used his 6-foot-7, 265-pound frame to carve out space en route to team-high totals in catches and receiving yards. He also drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone in the third quarter. Woods will look to build on this breakout performance in Week 13 against the Cowboys.

Nov 28, 2022 9:33 PM EST

Listed as full practice participant

Woods (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's walk-through.

Analysis: Woods, who last saw game action in Week 9, is trending toward a return to action Monday night against the Steelers, but as long as both Kylen Granson (illness) and Mo Alie-Cox are both available, the 2022 third-rounder is a speculative fantasy lineup option. In nine games thus far this season, Woods has compiled a 7/79/3 receiving line.

Nov 24, 2022 1:03 PM EST

Ruled out for Week 11

Woods (shoulder) won't play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Woods is usually part of a three-man rotation at tight end with Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox, so the rookie's absence could free up a few additional opportunities for his teammates. He'll look to heal up in time to face the Steelers on MNF in Week 12.

Nov 18, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Sits out Thursday's practice

Woods (shoulder) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Considering Woods opened Week 11 prep Wednesday as a limited participant Wednesday, his lack of activity Thursday represents a step backward. It's unclear if Woods was held out due to a setback or his absence was part of a pre-planned maintenance plan as he attempts to return from the shoulder injury that sidelined him for the Colts' Week 10 win over the Raiders. The extent of his participation at Friday's practice will ultimately determine Woods' odds of suiting up this Sunday against the Eagles. Even if he's cleared to play, Woods will likely be part of a three-man committee at tight end with Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson that would make it difficult to depend on him as an option in fantasy lineups.

Nov 17, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Returns to practice

Woods (shoulder) was a didn't practice in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Woods is back at practice after missing last week's win over the Raiders. His absence freed up a bit more playing time for Kylen Granson and Mo Alie-Cox, with the latter taking advantage by catching each of his four targets for 57 yards. None of the bunch is likely to see more than three or four targets in any given game, even if one of the group is unavailable. It's unclear at this point if Woods will be ready for Sunday's matchup with Philadelphia.

Nov 16, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Won't play at Las Vegas

Woods (shoulder) is listed as out for Sunday's game at the Raiders, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Woods was held out of practice this week with a shoulder injury he sustained in Week 9 at New England, and he'll now be forced to miss his first game of the season as he recovers. In the rookie's absence, Kylen Granson should see an uptick in targets in Week 10.

Nov 11, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Not at practice Wednesday

Woods (shoulder) did not participate at practice Wednesday ahead of Sunday's game at Las Vegas, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Woods was forced out of Indianapolis' loss at New England in Week 9 with a shoulder injury, and it now appears he's in jeopardy of missing his first game of the season with that injury. If the rookie were to miss time, sophomore fourth-rounder Kylen Granson would probably be in line for increased reps.

Nov 9, 2022 11:08 AM EST

Exits with injury

Woods (shoulder) is James Boyd of The Athletic to return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Woods caught one two-yard pass before injuring one of his shoulders in the second half, though the exact nature and severity of this issue are unclear. The rookie tight end's return is unlikely with the Colts already down 26-3 late in the fourth quarter.

Nov 6, 2022 12:52 PM EST

No targets Sunday

Woods did not have a catch or target in Sunday's loss to Washington.

Analysis: While Alie-Cox got the start at tight end, Kylen Granson had the most snaps on offense (32, compared to 29 for Alie-Cox and 15 for Woods) and went out on about the same number of routes (12, compared 23 for Alie-Cox and 10 for Woods). There were not any major changers in tight end usage, despite the change to Sam Ehlinger at quarterback. Woods remains third in the pecking order for playing time and has fantasy value only for the rare end-zone target.

Oct 31, 2022 1:41 PM EST

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