Cole failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 24-17 loss to Miami.
Analysis: With Elijah Moore grabbing the starting spot opposite Corey Davis by the horns with his recent production and Jamison Crowder locked in as the slot receiver, Cole has seen sparse usage of late. His role is unlikely to change as long as New York's top three wide receivers are healthy.
Nov 21, 2021 4:49 PM EST
Cole caught one of five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The entire Jets offense struggled as Mike White plummeted back down to earth with no touchdowns and four interceptions. With Corey Davis (hip) back in the fold, Cole was relegated to a reserve role, so he likely wouldn't have found significantly more success, even if White played better.
Nov 14, 2021 5:51 PM EST
Cole brought in five of eight targets for 66 yards in the Jets' 45-30 loss to the Colts on Thursday night.
Analysis: The veteran checked in second on the night in receptions and receiving yards to Elijah Moore while sharing the team lead in targets with the rookie. Cole was also the intended receiver on Josh Johnson's last pass of the night, which was tipped at the line and led to a game-sealing interception for the Colts. Cole's reception and target tallies were season highs, but he has a tough matchup against him in Week 10 versus the Bills stingy secondary.
Nov 4, 2021 9:54 PM EST
Cole caught three of five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Cole thought he had made a spectacular catch to score a 12-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half that conjured memories of Odell Beckham's 2015 touchdown against the Cowboys, only to watch the play get wiped out after a review concluded he failed to secure possession inbounds. Outside of that moment, Cole didn't make much of his increased role with Corey Davis (hip) sidelined, but he the veteran wideout could get another such opportunity if Davis doesn't heal up in time to return Thursday against the Colts.
Nov 1, 2021 11:35 AM EST
Cole caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 54-13 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Outside of a 92-yard performance in the Jets' Week 4 win over the Titans, Cole has just 74 receiving yards this season. Cole's depth role on one of the league's least effective offenses rarely translates to fantasy success.
Oct 24, 2021 6:06 PM EST
Cole caught two of three targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Cole actually came just seven receiving yards short of Corey Davis' team-leading total, as the Jets struggled to move the ball through the air. He was on the field for 31 of New York's 56 offensive snaps, trailing Davis and slot receiver Jamison Crowder but notably finishing ahead of rookie Elijah Moore (23). New York's Week 6 bye will present further opportunities to integrate Moore into the offense, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Moore's playing time climb at Cole's expense once the team returns to action.
Oct 11, 2021 10:05 AM EST
Cole caught three of four targets for 92 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Titans.
Analysis: Cole was more involved with fellow wide receiver Elijah Moore (concussion) sitting this one out. The veteran wideout tied tight end Ryan Griffin for third on the team in targets with four, but Cole made the most of his opportunities. He caught a perfectly placed 54-yard pass from quarterback Zach Wilson in the third quarter before adding catches of nine and 29 yards in overtime.
Oct 3, 2021 8:30 PM EST
Cole caught both of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 26-0 loss to Denver.
Analysis: Cole registered his first two receptions as a member of the Jets. The veteran wide receiver produced New York's longest offensive play (23 yards) and finished just 11 receiving yards shy of Corey Davis' team-leading total, as rookie quarterback Zach Wilson threw for just 160 yards in the shutout loss. Playing time shouldn't be an issue for Cole since Elijah Moore exited this one with a concussion and Denzel Mims has been a healthy scratch two weeks in a row, but Cole's value remains limited given New York's offensive struggles.
Sep 27, 2021 6:30 AM EST
Cole (knee) wasn't targeted in Sunday's 25-6 loss to New England.
Analysis: Cole suited up after missing the season opener, but his lack of involvement suggests he's still feeling the effects of his knee injury. If Cole's able to increase his practice participation in the upcoming week, he'll likely be more involved in the game plan against the Broncos in Week 3.
Sep 19, 2021 6:00 PM EST
Cole (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Analysis: A limited participant in practice throughout the week while he continued to manage the knee injury that sidelined him for the season-opening loss to the Panthers, Cole ultimately received the green light to make his Jets debut after checking out fine following a pregame evaluation. The extent of Cole's role in the Week 2 game plan is difficult to forecast, however, even with Jamison Crowder (groin) sitting out a second straight contest. While Corey Davis is locked in as the Jets' No. 1 outside receiver, Braxton Berrios could end up replacing Crowder in the slot. That would leave Cole and rookie Elijah Moore to vie for reps at the other outside spot in three-receiver sets.
Sep 19, 2021 8:56 AM EST
Cole (knee) logged a third consecutive limited practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's game against New England, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cole has been limited all week after missing the season opener due to this knee injury. He's expected to start on the outside if cleared to play against the Patriots after rookie second-round pick Elijah Moore flopped in his NFL debut while filling in for Moore in Week 1 against the Panthers. Cole's status likely won't be determined until shortly before kickoff.
Sep 17, 2021 1:24 PM EST
Cole (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow WR Jamison Crowder came off the reserve/COVID-19 list, but was limited Thursday due to a groin injury. Friday's practice will therefore determine if the duo (who missed Week 1 action) will approach Sunday's game against the Patriots with any sort of injury designation. If both players are available this weekend, Elijah Moore and Braxton Berrios would likely see reduced roles in Week 2.
Sep 16, 2021 2:02 PM EST
Cole (knee) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Cole was added to the injury report last Thursday and ended up being a game-time decision (ultimately inactive) for Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Panthers. He now looks questionable for Week 2 against the Patriots, while slot man Jamison Crowder is expected to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list at some point this week. Cole likely will be the third or fourth option at WR if/when everyone is healthy, depending on the progress of young wide receivers Elijah Moore and Denzel Mims.
Sep 15, 2021 1:55 PM EST
Cole (knee) is on track to return to practice this week, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
Analysis: Also trending in the right direction is Jamison Crowder, who is nearing a return from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Wednesday's practice/injury report will provide added context with regard to where Cole is at in his recovery from a knee issue that sidelined him in Week 1.
Sep 15, 2021 9:43 AM EST
Cole (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Randy Lange of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Considered a true game-time call heading into Sunday, Cole was ultimately ruled out after the Jets evaluated him during a pregame workout. With Cole's Jets debut delayed by the knee injury and Jamison Crowder (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims should all be in line for enhanced snap and target counts behind No. 1 receiver Corey Davis.
Sep 12, 2021 8:48 AM EST
Cole (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Jamison Crowder still on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Cole potentially unavailable, the Jets' receiving depth will be tested right out of the gate. The biggest beneficiary in terms of playing time should be highly touted rookie Elijah Moore, though second-year pro Denzel Mims and backup slot receiver Braxton Berrios could also take on larger roles behind No. 1 receiver Corey Davis. Cole's availability likely won't be determined until shortly before kickoff Sunday.
Sep 10, 2021 8:12 AM EST
Cole (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cole practiced fully Wednesday, so this appears to be a new injury. With Jamison Crowder in COVID-19 protocols, the Jets could be without two expected regulars at wide receiver for Sunday's season opener against the Panthers if Cole's injury ends up hindering his ability to suit up.
Sep 9, 2021 1:53 PM EST
Cole caught his only target for a 16-yard gain in Saturday's 12-7 preseason win over the Giants.
Analysis: Cole's catch came on a pass thrown by starting quarterback Zach Wilson. The Jets' receiver deployment throughout Wilson's two drives in the game suggest Cole's currently rotating with Vyncint Smith as a starter on the outside opposite Corey Davis, though rookie Elijah Moore (quadriceps) may be ahead of both Cole and Smith in the competition for that spot. The Jets' wide receiver rotation will be worth monitoring when they face the Packers in Week 2 of preseason.
Aug 15, 2021 3:42 PM EST
Cole has played well in camp and will be in New York's wide receiver rotation, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cimini implied that Cole has looked better than second-year wideout Denzel Mims, who most have penciled into the starting spot opposite Corey Davis. Rookie Elijah Moore's also on hand to compete for snaps at wide receiver, but it sounds like Cole should at least carve out a consistent role if not an outright starting spot with his new team.
Jun 29, 2021 8:45 AM EST
The Jets and Cole agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Cole broke out as an undrafted rookie in 2017 with a 42-748-3 line on 83 targets. His production has taken a noticeable dip since then, with his YPC dropping from 17.8 that season to 12.8 over the past three. Upon joining the Jets, Cole will be behind Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder in the pecking order at wide receiver, likely competing with second-year pro Denzel Mims for reps.
Mar 18, 2021 2:36 PM EST
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