JP Holtz

New Orleans Saints
Tight End #88
New Orleans Saints
Tight End #88

JP Holtz News

Re-signs on practice squad

The Saints signed Holtz to the team's practice squad Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Holtz was waived by the Saints during the NFL's recent surge of roster cuts. However, the 29-year-old tight end will now serve as a reserve option should the team endure injuries at the position.

Sep 1, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Let go by New Orleans

The Saints waived Holtz on Tuesday.

Analysis: The Saints don't have a headliner at tight end, but it is a deep group, which left Holtz as the odd man out. The undrafted pro out of Pittsburgh hasn't caught a pass since 2019, but his blocking prowess may draw the attention of a few teams.

Aug 30, 2022 4:03 PM EST

Inks deal with New Orleans

Holtz signed a contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: After posting seven catches for 91 yards in 2019, Holtz failed to catch a pass in 2020 or 2021. If he makes the initial 53-man roster, the undrafted tight end out of Pittsburgh will likely serve primarily as a blocker once again in 2022.

Apr 5, 2022 1:31 PM EST

Posts no stats in 2021

Holtz failed to see a target in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season without recording a catch.

Analysis: After posting seven catches for 91 yards in 2019, Holtz failed to catch a pass in 2020 or 2021. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason, and unless his situation drastically changes, he won't likely be selected in most 2022 fantasy drafts..

Jan 9, 2022 5:23 PM EST

Ready for Week 18

Holtz logged a full practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The tight end was away from the team in Week 17 while dealing with a personal matter, ultimately being unavailable for their victory over the Giants. Holtz will rejoin the team ahead of their final contest of the season Sunday against the Vikings.

Jan 5, 2022 3:29 PM EST

Out Sunday

Holtz (personal) is inactive Sunday against the Giants.

Analysis: Holtz was considered doubtful after not being with the team Thursday or Friday due to the personal matter. Mainly contributing on special teams, Holtz' absence shouldn't impact the Bears' game plan when they host the Giants on Sunday.

Jan 2, 2022 8:41 AM EST

Unlikely to play Sunday

Holtz (personal) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Holtz missed practice Thursday and Friday due to a personal matter, and he'll likely be held out in Week 17. The 28-year-old has played mainly on special teams this year, so his status shouldn't significantly impact Chicago's offensive plans.

Dec 31, 2021 12:03 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Holtz (concussion) won't play Monday against the Steelers.

Analysis: Holtz was never able to practice this week, after entering concussion protocol on Oct. 31. With the Bears entering a bye for Week 10, Holtz will try to clear protocols and give himself plenty of time to recover for Week 11 against Baltimore.

Nov 6, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Misses practice Friday

Holtz (concussion) did not practice Friday.

Analysis: Holtz entered concussion protocol on Sunday and has yet to be cleared. He has an extra day to prepare as the Bears don't play until Monday but time is running out. If Holtz is unable to get cleared in time, it's likely Jesper Horsted would pick up some extra snaps.

Nov 5, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Enters concussion protocol

Holtz is in the concussion protocol, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Holtz will have an extra day to clear the protocol since the Bears play on Monday night in Week 9 against the Steelers. Jesper Horsted would likely absorb the extra snaps if the 28-year-old needs to miss time.

Oct 31, 2021 1:43 PM EST

Ready for Week 7

Holtz (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Holtz logged a full practice Friday, which set him up to return from a two-game absence. He should serve primarily on special teams, even with Jimmy Graham (illness) sidelined.

Oct 24, 2021 12:34 PM EST

Questionable after full practice

Holtz (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Holtz has missed the past two games due to this quad injury, but his practice participation this week was encouraging, as he upgraded to full participation Friday following a pair of limited sessions. With Jimmy Graham on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Holtz or Jesper Horstead will have the opportunity to work as Chicago's third-string tight end behind Cole Kmet and Jesse James.

Oct 22, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Returns to practice

Holtz (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Holtz has missed each of the last two weeks with the injury. It would be reassuring to see him get a full practice in prior to the team's matchup Sunday against Tampa Bay, though his limited participation is a positive step. Holtz has yet to record a catch in four games this season.

Oct 20, 2021 5:55 PM EST

Remains sidelined in Week 6

Holtz (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Analysis: Holtz will sit out a second consecutive game due to this quad injury. He's still searching for his first catch of the season.

Oct 15, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Sitting out Week 5

Holtz (quadriceps) won't play Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: With fellow tight end Jesse James (personal) also ruled out, Jesper Horsted (knee) will slide up to third on the depth chart behind Cole Kmet and Jimmy Graham in Vegas. Holtz -- who hasn't had a pass thrown his way all season -- will look to make his return in Week 6 against the Packers.

Oct 8, 2021 11:38 AM EST

Re-ups with Bears

Chicago re-signed Holtz on Wednesday.

Analysis: Holtz, who was an exclusive rights free agent, will officially remain with the Bears. He suited up for all 16 regular-season games in 2020, but handled the majority of snaps on special teams or as an occasional blocker on offense. He was targeted just once in that span.

Mar 3, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Suiting up Week 14

Holtz (shoulder) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Texans.

Analysis: The 27-year-old exited last Sunday's loss to the Lions after fielding one offensive snap, though he was able to participate in a limited capacity throughout this past practice week. Holtz has earned the green light from Chicago's training staff, allowing him to resume his typical backup tight end and special-teams roles as the 5-7 Bears fight to keep fading playoff hopes alive.

Dec 13, 2020 8:58 AM EST

Leaves with shoulder issue

Holtz exited Sunday's loss to the Lions with a shoulder injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Analysis: Holtz wasn't targeted before leaving the game during the second half. The 27-year-old was considered questionable to return but never appeared to retake the field.

Dec 6, 2020 1:12 PM EST

Re-signs with Bears

Holtz has officially singed his exclusive-rights contract with the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Holtz played 14 games for the bears last season and started seven of them. He used mainly as a blocker but did log seven receptions for 91 yards. His role is not expected to be expanded in 2021, as the team brought in veteran Jimmy Graham for No. 1 tight end duties.

Apr 20, 2020 4:58 PM EST

Fails to see target

Holtz wasn't targeted in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he ended the campaign with seven catches for 91 yards in 13 games.

Analysis: When the Bears suffered injuries to their top-three tight ends, Holtz was thrust into a prominent role down the stretch, but he averaged fewer than two receptions over six games. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent this off-season, and it's likely he'll look to compete for a backup role wherever he signs.

Dec 29, 2019 3:00 PM EST

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