Jesper Horsted

Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #87
Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #87

Jesper Horsted News

Signs with Las Vegas

Horsted signed a contract with the Raiders on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Horsted gets another chance after he was waived by Chicago in May following a failed physical. He'll need to make a strong impression to crack the 53-man roster after Las Vegas also signed Jacob Hollister and rookie UDFAs Cole Fotheringham and Travis Koontz this offseason.

Jun 7, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Gets let go

Horsted (undisclosed) was waived from the reserve/PUP list with an injury settlement Friday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Horsted was waived on Wednesday after a failed physical, then reverted to the reserve/PUP list after going unclaimed. Over the past three years, Horsted has appeared in a total of 13 games for the Bears, catching 10 of 13 targets for 108 years and three touchdowns. He'll now likely look to get healthy and earn another shot with in the NFL.

May 15, 2022 8:24 AM EST

Reverts to PUP list

Horsted (undisclosed) reverted to the reserve/PUP list Thursday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Horsted was waived with a failed physical designation Wednesday, but he'll remain with the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. The nature of his injury still isn't clear.

May 13, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Cut with failed physical

Horsted (undisclosed) was waived with a failed physical designation by the Bears on Wednesday.

Analysis: Horstead appeared in seven games for Chicago last season and caught two of three targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears tendered him a contract for 2022 but have now opted to part ways.

May 11, 2022 10:05 PM EST

Inks tender with Bears

Horstead signed a one-year contract as an exclusive-rights free agent with the Bears on Tuesday, Brendan Sugrue of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Horsted was tendered by Chicago back in March, and he will now officially return to the team. The depth tight end mostly contributed on special teams last season, handling just six offensive snaps in seven appearances.

Apr 5, 2022 8:44 AM EST

Tendered one-year deal

Horsted was tendered a one-year contract by the Bears on Tuesday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Horsted appeared in seven games for the Bears last season, seeing just six offensive snaps, but he caught two of his three targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns. The 25 year-old has spent two seasons with the Bears after going undrafted out of Princeton. With fellow tight ends Jimmy Graham and Jesse James set to be free agents, Horsted has an opportunity to earn a larger role next season.

Mar 8, 2022 6:30 PM EST

Moves to injured reserve

Horsted (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Horsted was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday and will on finish the season on injured reserve. The depth tight end appeared in seven games during 2021 and caught two passes for 21 yards, both of which went for touchdowns.

Jan 5, 2022 9:22 PM EST

Removed from COVID-19 list

The Bears activated Horsted (illness) off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

Analysis: Horstead tested positive for the virus and has been sidelined since Dec. 22. The backup tight end has yet to play over two offensive snaps in a game this season, so his return to the active roster shouldn't impact the Bears' offensive game plan.

Jan 3, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

Horsted (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Horsted, who caught a 19-yard touchdown on the last play of Monday's loss to the Vikings, is the latest Bears player to land in COVID-19 protocols. It's unclear how long he may be sidelined, but J.P. Holtz would likely be the primary beneficiary of Horsted's potential absence.

Dec 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Posts second touchdown of season

Horsted caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: With the game out of hand and the clock winding down, the Bears had many of their backups on the field, which led to Horsted catching a touchdown pass on his only target as time expired. He's certainly been efficient this year, as he's caught two of his three targets, with both of his receptions coming in the end zone. It's unlikely he'll have enough of a role in the offense to be considered in the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 20, 2021 8:39 PM EST

Healthy scratch for Week 11

Horstead (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest with the Ravens.

Analysis: Horstead has mostly operated on special teams this year, so his absence shouldn't affect the Bears' offensive rotations. J.P. Holtz will likely fill in for Horstead on special teams, while Jesse James operates as the backup to Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham.

Nov 21, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Targeted once in loss

Horsted failed to catch his lone target in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Aside from a two-yard touchdown reception two weeks ago, Horsted doesn't have another catch on the year, and unless he moves up the Chicago depth chart, it's unlikely he'll have much fantasy value.

Oct 24, 2021 5:10 PM EST

First reception since 2019

Horsted caught a two-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 20-9 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

Analysis: Horsted functioned as the Bears' third tight end with Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) sitting this game out. It's unlikely that Horsted will see more than a handful of targets this season unless his situation changes drastically.

Oct 10, 2021 5:00 PM EST

Active in Week 5

Horsted (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Horsted was questionable for the contest with a knee injury even after logging full practices throughout the week. Typically buried on the depth chart, Horsted will serve as the team's third tight end with both Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) ruled out.

Oct 10, 2021 11:54 AM EST

Considered questionable

Horsted (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Horstead logged a full workload at each practice this week, so he is certainly trending in the right direction Sunday. With Jesse James (personal) and J.P. Holtz (quadriceps) sidelined, Horsted would be the No. 3 tight end behind Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham should he ultimately get the green light.

Oct 8, 2021 7:30 PM EST

Three TDs in huge performance

Horsted caught all five of his targets for 104 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's preseason win over the Titans.

Analysis: The full extent of the 24-year-old's NFL resume is six games for the Bears in 2019 during which he caught only eight passes, but Horsted looked like Jimmy Graham in his prime Saturday. He displayed exceptional hands in grabbing a 20-yard pass from Justin Fields along the sideline between two defenders in the first half for his initial TD, and then the tight end topped himself in the second half by making a spectacular one-handed catch down the seam on a toss from Nick Foles before turning on the jets for a 54-yard score. In between, he brought home a six-yard touchdown from Foles on a slant route. Holsted still seems like a long shot for a 53-man roster spot given the Bears' depth at TE -- Graham, second-year man Cole Kmet and veteran Jesse James all seem like locks -- but this performance might give the coaching staff something to think about, as his size and skills could allow him to fill the same kind of move tight end/H-back role in Matt Nagy's scheme that Trey Burton turned into 569 yards and six TDs back in 2018.

Aug 28, 2021 9:05 PM EST

Secures future deal with Bears

The Bears signed Horsted to a reserve/future contract on Monday.

Analysis: Horsted appeared in six games with Chicago during the 2019 season, where he caught eight of his 10 targets for 87 yards and scored a touchdown. The tight end was brought to the practice squad after his NFL debut, but Horsted will hopefully have more opportunities to reach the end zone as he landed himself a future contract with the Bears.

Jan 11, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Shifts to waivers

The Bears waived Horsted on Saturday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Horsted came in handy last season when the Bears' tight-end depth took a hit, as he played in six games and caught eight of 10 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown. The Bears brought in reinforcements at tight end this offseason, though, signing Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet in the second round, so Horsted will look for a new opportunity elsewhere.

Sep 5, 2020 10:00 PM EST

Not targeted in season finale

Horsted posted no statistics in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he finished the season with eight receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in five games.

Analysis: Horsted moved into a prominent role over the last six weeks of the season when the Bears lost their top-three tight ends to injuries. During that time, he had one game with more than 20 yards while averaging two targets per contest. He'll enter the last year of his contract with the Bears in 2020, and he'll be expected to compete for a roster spot, though it's unlikely he'll carry much fantasy value unless he soars up the depth chart.

Dec 29, 2019 3:00 PM EST

Snags only target

Horsted caught one pass for 20 yards in the Bears' 26-3 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Horsted has posted exactly one reception in four of his five games this season, and he won't be a player to count on in Week 17 against the Vikings.

Dec 22, 2019 9:40 PM EST

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