Joe Fortson

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #3
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #3

Joe Fortson News

Rehab going well

Fortson (Achilles) shared images Thursday of him doing individual football drills with personal trainer Bobby Stroupe in Texas, Juan Cisneros of FOX 4 Kansas City reports.

Analysis: Fortson caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns across six games during the 2021 campaign before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chiefs' Week 6 win over Washington. The 26-year-old, who's an exclusive right free agent, was tendered by Kansas City in mid-March and, barring his health, could have a larger role in 2022 after the departure of Tyreek Hill. It's an encouraging sign to see the second-year tight end training with Stroupe, who's also Patrick Mahomes' trainer, but it remains unclear if he'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp.

Apr 25, 2022 10:22 AM EST


Tendered by Kansas City

Kansas City tendered Fortson (Achilles) on Friday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns across six games during the 2021 campaign before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chiefs' Week 6 win over Washington. He's expected to be ready by the start of the 2022 season, so he'll have a chance to build off his solid start in 2021.

Mar 18, 2022 11:51 AM EST



Activated off COVID-19 list

Fortson (Achilles) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Matt Derrick of ChiefsDigest.com reports.

Analysis: Forston has cleared protocols and can return to the team facility. However, the 26-year-old is still expected to miss the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles, so this move was simply procedural.

Dec 20, 2021 3:39 PM EST


Lands on COVID list

Fortson (Achilles) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Charles Goldman of The Chiefs Wire reports.

Analysis: Fortson was already on injured reserve due to a torn Achilles. He's been ruled out for the season, so this move was simply procedural.

Dec 10, 2021 7:59 PM EST


Lands on IR

The Chiefs placed Fortson (Achilles) on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: As expected, Fortson has landed on IR after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chiefs' Week 6 win. The reserve tight end recorded five catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns across six games during the 2021 campaign. Noah Gray and Blake Bell will likely see more opportunities behind Travis Kelce with Fortson out for the year.

Oct 23, 2021 5:23 PM EST



Tears his Achilles

Fortson has torn his Achilles and is set to miss the rest of the season, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

Analysis: Fortson's worst case scenario has been confirmed, and the tight end will miss the rest of the regular season as a result. Fortson made one catch for 27 yards Sunday against Washington, and he ends the season with five grabs for 47 yards and two scores across six games.

Oct 17, 2021 1:33 PM EST


Suffers Achilles injury

Fortson (Achilles) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Washington.

Analysis: While no diagnosis has been confirmed, Fortson was down for a while before getting carted off and the injury looked pretty bad. The coming days will be decisive to determine the severity of the injury, but it wouldn't be surprising if he has to miss an extended period of time.

Oct 17, 2021 12:29 PM EST


Finds pay dirt again

Fortson logged a two-yard touchdown reception on his only target Sunday versus the Eagles.

Analysis: Fortson saw a season-high 13 snaps (21 percent) in the contest but was primarily on the field in multiple tight end sets to help with the run game. He has begun to find some utility near the goal line but seems unlikely to produce enough on a weekly basis to warrant fantasy consideration the vast majority of formats.

Oct 5, 2021 1:20 PM EST


Tallies first career touchdown

Fortson reeled in his two targets for seven yards and a touchdown Sunday versus the Chargers.

Analysis: Fortson's receptions give him three in the last two weeks, though his snap counts (no more than seven) reveal that he remains primarily involved in very specific formations and red-zone work. He's still behind each of the other three tight ends in terms of snap share and figures to remain that way. However, Fortson's production when called upon should put him in the good graces of the coaching staff.

Sep 28, 2021 11:07 AM EST


Signs reserve/future contract

Fortson signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Fortson signed to the Chiefs' practice squad following training camp and will now get an opportunity to remain on the team for the offseason period. It's his second-straight season signing a reserve/future contract with Kansas City.

Feb 9, 2021 7:10 PM EST


Inks practice squad deal

Fortson signed with the Chiefs' practice squad Sunday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson had a solid training camp with the Chiefs but couldn't secure a spot on the 53-man roster, as the team is loaded with receiver depth.

Sep 9, 2020 4:50 PM EST


Impressing in camp

Fortson has made a number of impressive plays during the Chiefs' training camp, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Fortson certainly stands out at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, and has used his frame to make a number of tough catches on a daily basis. He's pushing to make the 53-man roster, but it may be a tough hill to climb contending with the same group of wideouts that comprised the Chiefs' 53-man roster last season.

Aug 24, 2020 2:43 PM EST


Signs reserve/future contract

Fortson signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, according to the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: Fortson spent time with the Chiefs during the preseason and then spent the season on the practice squad. He'll now get a chance to develop in the Chiefs system this offseason as he looks to crack the 53-man roster in the fall.

Feb 4, 2020 7:34 PM EST


Catches touchdown pass

Fortson caught two of three targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 27-20 preseason loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Fortson went for a game-long reception of 36 yards, but his score came off a two-yard catch from Kyle Shurmur toward the end of the second quarter. Despite those contributions, Fortson probably still hasn't done enough to make the Chiefs' roster ahead of the regular season.

Aug 29, 2019 9:35 PM EST


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