Kendall Hinton

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver

Kendall Hinton News

Minimal involvement in 2021

Hinton finished the 2021 season with 15 catches for 175 yards and one touchdown.

Analysis: Despite appearing in all but one game this season, Hinton had an underwhelming 2021 campaign. It was difficult for the 24-year-old wideout to get much going playing on just 25 percent of Denver's offensive snaps. Hinton is behind Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick on the depth chart, and all three project to be a member of the Broncos in 2022. Jeudy is still on his rookie contract, while Sutton and Patrick signed multi-year extensions during the season. Hinton is entering the final year of his current contract. The 6-foot, 195-pounder could find it difficult to see much playing time again in 2022, barring any injuries to the Broncos' top three receivers.

Jan 15, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Catches two passes in loss

Hinton secured two of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Hinton also completed his only pass attempt for one yard. The 24-year-old played a larger role than usual Sunday with both Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Hinton was in on 60 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps and was tied with Courtland Sutton for the second-most targets of any Denver pass catcher. Unfortunately, Hinton was unable to take advantage of his opportunities. If Jeudy and Patrick return in Week 18, Hinton would hold little fantasy value in a matchup with the Chiefs.

Jan 4, 2022 10:24 PM EST

Larger role may await Week 17

Hinton could have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Chargers with Jerry Jeudy (illness) and Tim Patrick (illness) not available after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list and with Courtland Sutton (illness) listed as questionable for the contest, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Head coach Vic Fangio said that Sutton could still wind up on the list after sitting out Friday's practice with an illness, potentially leaving Denver without its top three receivers. Hinton and Diontae Spencer were left as the only fully healthy wideouts on the 53-man roster Friday before Travis Fulgham and Seth Williams were elevated from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements for Jeudy and Patrick. With that in mind, Hinton and Spencer are presumably first in line to fill the vacated snaps at receiver, though neither has a resume at the NFL level that makes either a must-start fantasy option. Backup quarterback Drew Lock will also be directing the offense for a second straight game while Teddy Bridgewater (concussion) is out, which could result in the low-tempo Denver offense becoming even more run-heavy.

Dec 31, 2021 3:38 PM EST

Catches one pass

Hinton caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's 22-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Hinton remained far down the pecking order of Broncos pass catchers against the Chiefs, seeing just one target while playing on only 14 offensive snaps. The 24-year-old wideout's lack of consistent involvement in an offense that already struggles through the air puts Hinton far off the fantasy radar.

Dec 8, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Plays two offensive snaps

Hinton failed to record a single target in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Hinton took a backseat to the plethora of healthy pass catchers in the Broncos' offense, as the wideout played on just two offensive snaps in the contest. Barring an injury, Hinton will likely be an afterthought on offense going forward, keeping the 24-year-old far off the fantasy radar as the Broncos head into their Week 11 bye.

Nov 16, 2021 5:20 AM EST

Good to go

Hinton (shoulder) is not listed on the Broncos' injury report ahead of Sunday's contest against the Eagles, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Hinton practiced in limited fashion Wednesday, but it looks like the team was just exercising caution. Barring any setbacks, look for him to assume his usual role as the team's No. 4 wideout.

Nov 13, 2021 6:24 AM EST

Practices limited Wednesday

Hinton (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity for the Broncos on Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: While it's uncertain when the receiver injured his shoulder, Hinton's injury isn't considered to be serious. If Hinton is unable to play against the Eagles in Week 10, expect Tyrie Cleveland to fill in as Teddy Bridgewater's fourth receiving option.

Nov 10, 2021 5:45 PM EST

Catches one pass

Hinton secured his lone target for 40 yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Hinton played on just 28 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps, serving in more of a depth role behind Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. Teddy Bridgewater's 40-yard connection with Hinton was the second-longest play of the game for Denver and set up an eventual rushing touchdown for Bridgewater. The 24-year-old is developing into a solid receiver, but his limited snap share in Denver's offense caps his fantasy value ahead of a Week 10 tilt against Philadelphia.

Nov 9, 2021 7:46 AM EST

Plays two offensive snaps

Hinton was not targeted in Sunday's 17-10 win over Washington.

Analysis: Hinton played on just two of Denver's 53 offensive snaps in Week 8. The return of teammate Jerry Jeudy from injured reserve has predictably forced Hinton down the depth chart. Barring another injury to a fellow wideout, the 24-year-old will serve a depth role role for the Broncos going forward.

Nov 2, 2021 5:52 PM EST

Quiet in loss

Hinton caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Thursday's 17-14 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Hinton played on just 48 percent of the Broncos' offensive snaps Thursday, down from 63 percent in Week 6. Denver trailed Cleveland for the majority of the contest, yet Hinton could not get in on much of the action in the passing game. The 24-year-old is likely to see his involvement on offensive take a significant dip with fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy set to make his return from an ankle injury in Week 8. Hinton will remain off the fantasy radar when the Broncos host Washington on Oct. 31.

Oct 23, 2021 4:09 AM EST

Catches five passes

Hinton caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 34-24 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Hinton had a relatively quiet outing on a day when the Broncos trailed the Raiders for the majority of the contest. The 24-year-old remained the third wideout in the pecking order behind Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick, playing on 63 percent of Denver's offensive snaps. With fellow receiver Jerry Jeudy set to make his return to field in the near future, Hinton's chances for fantasy production may be coming to an end soon. Next up for the Broncos is a matchup with the Browns on Thursday night.

Oct 19, 2021 7:30 AM EST

Hits pay dirt in loss

Hinton secured two of his three targets for 25 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Hinton played on 65 percent of Denver's offensive snaps Sunday, his highest mark of the season. The wideout's two-yard touchdown grab was his first of the 2021 campaign. The uptick in Hinton's snaps is a direct result of the injury issues plaguing the Broncos' receiving corps, headlined by Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. With Jeudy scheduled to make his return from an ankle injury in the coming weeks, Hinton will likely see a reduction in his playing time. The 24-year-old will be tough to trust going forward based on his sporadic usage. If Jeudy does not return in Week 7, it's possible that Hinton could have similar involvement in the Broncos' aerial attack when the team hosts the Raiders.

Oct 11, 2021 9:51 AM EST

Catches one pass

Hinton caught one of three targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Hinton, like the rest of the Broncos offense, had a tough time getting things going in Week 4. Since being signed to Denver's active roster after Jerry Jeudy was placed on IR with an ankle injury, the 24-year-old wideout has not earned much of a role in the Broncos' offense. Hinton did, however, see his offensive snap percentage jump to 43 percent in Week 4 after playing on only 7 percent and 6 percent of offensive snaps in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively. With injuries to Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Diontae Spencer, Hinton may be called upon to take on more of a role going forward. Hinton will look to make the make of any added opportunities when the Broncos travel to Pittsburgh on Oct. 10.

Oct 4, 2021 5:28 AM EST

Elevated to active roster

The Broncos signed Hinton from their practice squad Tuesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Hinton had an impressive training camp, but he didn't make the initial 53-man roster and was later signed to the practice squad. The 24-year-old is best known for stepping in as the signal-caller for the Broncos last season after their entire quarterbacks' room landed in COVID-19 protocols. Hinton will replace Jerry Jeudy (ankle), who was placed on IR, on Denver's active roster.

Sep 14, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Signed to practice squad

Hinton was signed to Denver's practice squad Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: After waiving Hinton on Monday, the Broncos signed the wideout to their practice squad following an impressive training camp. The 24-year-old was praised for his improvements in the offseason, but it wasn't enough for him to make the active roster. Hinton notably stepped in as Denver's signal caller for a game during the 2020 season when all of the team's quarterbacks landed in the COVID-19 protocol. The wide receiver's best chance of being called up to the active roster would be if injuries begin to mount among Denver's pass catchers.

Sep 2, 2021 10:41 AM EST

Cut loose Monday

The Broncos waived Hinton on Monday, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Hinton was memorably called up from the practice squad last season to play quarterback -- a position he hadn't played since college -- after all of Denver's signal-callers landed in COVID-19 protocol. The Wake Forest product completed just one of nine passes for 13 yards and two interceptions. The 24-year-old reportedly impressed as a receiver during OTAs and training camp, but it wasn't enough to crack a deep receiver corps.

Aug 30, 2021 7:46 PM EST

Stands out during OTAs

Hinton was a standout during the Broncos' OTAs, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Analysis: Hinton is most remembered for his role under center last season, which he took on 24 hours notice when the team had no actual quarterback available. He will face tough odds to land on the team's final roster due to a croweded depth chart at receiver, but he is seemingly off to a good start. Starting quarterback, Drew Lock stated, "he's super-aggressive to the ball. You feel like you can throw him the ball one-on-one and he's going to get it."

Jun 25, 2021 5:58 PM EST

Signs future pact

The Broncos signed Hinton to the reserve/future contract Monday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Hinton suited up in just one game for the Broncos. It was unforgettable. The undrafted rookie out of Wake Forest was called up after the entire Broncos' quarterback room went into COVID-19 protocol. Hinton -- who played wide receiver in his final two seasons at college -- logged 24 snaps under center for the Broncos. He enjoyed little success in that appearance, but he'll be a household name in Denver for years to come even if he never plays another game.

Jan 4, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Shifts back to practice squad

Hinton reverted to the Broncos' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Hinton was officially elevated to the Broncos' active roster Sunday morning as an emergency starting quarterback option. Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 during the practice week, while the Broncos' other options at the position were ruled out for Week 12 as high-risk close contacts. Having gone without game experience at QB since 2018 during his time at Wake Forest -- and more recently joining Denver's practice squad as a wide receiver Nov. 4 -- Hinton struggled in completed just one of nine attempts against the Saints in Week 12, committing a pair of interceptions.

Nov 30, 2020 3:25 PM EST

Manages one completion in debut

Hinton completed one of nine pass attempts for 13 yards, throwing no touchdowns and committing two interceptions during Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints. He also registered seven rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: Hinton was put in a near-impossible spot, elevated into the starting quarterback role from the practice squad Saturday after COVID concerns eliminated all of Denver's foreseeable options from the depth chart. Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 this week, while Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were all unavailable upon being considered high-risk close contacts. Hinton joined Denver's practice squad as a wide receiver on Nov. 4, with his most recent in-game quarterbacking experience coming in 2017 during his time at Wake Forest. The Broncos minimized his pass attempts, but Hinton still floated a couple of relatively easy INTs to Janoris Jenkins and C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Denver hopes to get Lock back from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for a Week 13 road trip to Arrowhead Stadium.

Nov 29, 2020 6:41 PM EST

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