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Jesper Horsted

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #87
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver #87

Jesper Horsted News

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

Targeted three times

Horsted caught one pass for 18 yards in the Bears' 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Even though the Bears were trailing by double digits for most of the second half, Horsted was targeted just three times on a day that Mitchell Trubisky threw the ball 53 times. He's averaging fewer than three targets per game, and he'll be a low-floor fantasy option at home in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Dec 15, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Season-high yardage total

Horsted hauled in four receptions for 36 yards in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Analysis: After scoring a touchdown last week, Horsted posted a decent fantasy performance in the first game he was targeted more than once, as he caught each pass thrown his way. If Ben Braunecker continues to miss time, Horsted will be a desperation play at tight end in the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 6, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Finds end zone

Horsted caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 24-20 win over the Lions on Thursday.

Analysis: With Ben Braunecker (concussion) and Adam Shaheen (foot) sitting this one out, Horsted saw the only target that Mitch Trubisky threw to a Chicago tight end, and he made a terrific leaping catch to tie the game in the third quarter. Even if he continues to see playing time, it's unlikely he'll be a strong fantasy option, as the Bears have yet to have a tight end post 20 yards in a game this season.

Nov 28, 2019 8:10 PM EST

Makes career debut

Horsted caught one pass for four yards in Chicago's 19-14 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Horsted was promoted from the practice squad for this contest, and he caught the only pass that was thrown in his direction. Even if he remains on the active roster, the Chicago offense has yet to have a tight end post 20 yards in a game, so don't expect him to be a significant fantasy option in the near future.

Nov 24, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Rises to 53-man roster

Horsted was promoted to the active roster Wednesday, Jeff Dickerson of reports.

Analysis: The undrafted free agent was highly productive in college, racking up 164 receptions for 2,273 yards and 27 touchdowns during his final two years at Princeton. Horstead also played three preseason games for the Bears this year, catching eight of 10 targets for 121 yards and two scores. The 22-year-old tight end has toiled on the team's practice squad since, and he'll get a shot at the top level following Trey Burton's (calf) placement on IR.

Nov 20, 2019 10:39 AM EST

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