Keelan Cole

Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #84
Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #84

Keelan Cole News

Late end-zone drop Sunday

Cole caught one pass for 12 yards on four targets in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Titans. He also returned one punt for 13 yards.

Analysis: Cole played 40 of 70 offensive snaps as he filled the slot role with Hunter Renfrow (concussion) sidelined, but the former hauled in only one of his four targets and he dropped a would-be touchdown in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Cole's playing time figures to decrease significantly upon Renfrow's eventual return, which could come Week 4 against the Broncos.

Sep 26, 2022 8:47 AM EST

Signed to active roster

The Raiders signed Cole to their active roster Wednesday.

Analysis: Cole landed a practice-squad deal with Las Vegas after being released by the Raiders ahead of the 53-man roster deadline. The undrafted wideout has eclipsed 350 receiving yards in each of his first five NFL seasons, but it'll be difficult for Cole to garner many targets behind Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller.

Sep 14, 2022 2:09 PM EST

Signs practice-squad deal

The Raiders signed Cole to their practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Cole was released by the Raiders ahead of the 53-man roster deadline but will return to the organization on a practice-squad deal. The undrafted wideout has eclipsed 350 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons in the NFL, so he'll be a likely candidate for elevation on a weekly basis, though it'll be difficult to garner many targets behind Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller.

Sep 6, 2022 1:55 PM EST

Released by Vegas

The Raiders released Cole on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Fellow veterans Mack Hollins and Tyron Johnson seem to have beat out Cole for depth WR spots on the team's initial 53-man roster. Their preseason usage suggests Hollins could be the No. 3 receiver to start the year, but it isn't a role that figures to involve many targets given that Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller (hamstring) all need to be fed. Cole is 29, but he could find work elsewhere given that he's eclipsed 350 receiving yards five times in five seasons since entering the NFL in 2017.

Aug 30, 2022 4:03 PM EST

Praised by QB

Cole's balance and route running have impressed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr early in training camp, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: "His ability on the sideline, he's really good," Carr said of Cole. "There is never a doubt if he's in or he's out." Carr also praised Cole's route running, describing Cole's routes as "really crisp." Cole has racked up at least 449 yards in four of his five NFL seasons, and he's making a strong early push for the No. 3 wide receiver role in Vegas behind fellow newcomer Davante Adams and holdover Hunter Renfrow.

Aug 1, 2022 11:13 AM EST

Joining Las Vegas

Cole agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old was with the Jets on a one-year deal in 2021 and caught 34 of 51 targets for 449 yards and one touchdown in 15 games. He'll battle Bryan Edwards and Demarcus Robinson for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow.

May 11, 2022 4:48 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Cole caught all three of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: His 40-yard TD catch in the second quarter was the only real highlight on the day for the Jets, and Cole wound up being the only New York player with more than one reception. It was the 28-year-old's first touchdown of the season, and he wraps up the campaign with 28 catches on 51 targets for 449 yards, numbers that likely won't attract more than mild interest on the free-agent market this offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 9:35 PM EST

Two catches in Week 17

Cole caught two of five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 28-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Cole has't caught more than two passes or reached 30 yards in a game since Week 9. Even with the Jets banged up at wide receiver around him, Cole won't be an advisable fantasy option in Week 18 against the Bills.

Jan 2, 2022 7:49 PM EST

Another quiet outing

Cole caught both of his targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Cole occupied a starting role on the outside but didn't make much of an impact in the revenge game against his former team, as the Jets ran for 273 yards and passed for only 100 in the win. With only four catches in his last three games, Cole has failed to take advantage of his hefty recent snap share, and that's unlikely to change in Week 17 against Tampa Bay.

Dec 26, 2021 4:25 PM EST

Held to one catch again

Cole caught one of two targets for nine yards and threw an incomplete pass in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Cole tried to throw it to quarterback Zach Wilson on a trick play, but the play ended up being incomplete. The veteran wideout has just one catch in each of the past two games, but he continues to see the field often with Corey Davis (groin) and Elijah Moore (quadriceps) both out. Maybe that playing time will result in more production when the 2-12 Jaguars come to town in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 5:36 PM EST

Struggles in starting role

Cole caught one of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 30-9 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Cole got the start on the outside with both Corey Davis (groin) and Elijah Moore (quadriceps) sidelined, but he didn't do much with the opportunity. While he should maintain the starting role in Week 15 against the Dolphins, getting open won't be easy against star cornerback Xavien Howard.

Dec 12, 2021 3:53 PM EST

In line for increased role

Cole is set to see an expanded role in the Jets' offense in Sunday's matchup against the Saints after Elijah Moore (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: The Jets will be without Moore and Corey Davis (groin) for Sunday's game. That leaves Jamison Crowder as the only receiver that has regularly served a significant role in the Jets' offense healthy enough to suit up, and in turn should create an increased role for Cole. In 10 games this season, Cole has reached five targets only three times and topped 50 yards in a game only twice. He should have the chance to increase those marks both in Week 14 and beyond, as Davis has been ruled out for the season and Moore is not eligible to return until Week 17.

Dec 11, 2021 8:12 PM EST

Returning to practice

Cole is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and will practice Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Cole's return to the mix arrives at an opportune time, with Corey Davis (groin) out for the season and Elijah Moore day-to-day with a quad injury. Per Cimini, Cole is likely to replace Davis as a starter on the outside opposite Moore, while Jamison Crowder mans the slot. It's a context that makes Cole, who has caught 19 of his 33 targets for 299 yards in 10 games to date, worthy of consideration for those in need of wideout depth due to injuries or bye weeks.

Dec 8, 2021 9:13 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 13

Coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday that Cole (undisclosed) is ruled out for Week 13 after having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Connor reports.

Analysis: The Jets will lose Cole for Sunday's game against the Eagles, but Denzel Mims is expected to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list and suit up at practice Wednesday. Cole's next chance to return will come Week 14 versus the Saints, as long as he's able to clear all of the NFL's protocols for COVID.

Dec 1, 2021 9:12 AM EST

Placed on COVID list

The Jets have placed Cole on their reserve/COVID-19 list, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Cole is coming off an outing in which he recorded two receptions for 24 yards in the Jets 21-14 victory over Houston. He saw extra time on the field due to Corey Davis (groin) sidelined. The 28-year-old will now need to pass the league's COVID protocols before getting clrearance to return.

Nov 30, 2021 4:35 PM EST

Two catches with Davis out

Cole caught both of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 21-14 win over Houston.

Analysis: Cole saw modest involvement, even with Corey Davis (groin) unavailable. His depth role in an up-and-down Jets offense limits Cole's fantasy appeal.

Nov 28, 2021 8:04 PM EST

No catches in Week 11

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

Just one catch in Davis' return

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

Solid yardage total in loss

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

Has spectacular TD called back

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

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