The Commanders waived Cole on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cole operated as a return man during the Commanders' first two exhibition contests and finally got involved in the passing attacking during the preseason finale, catching two of three targets for 36 yards. The 25-year-old wideout appeared in one game for the 49ers in 2020 and one game for the Panthers in 2021, but he played exclusively on special teams.
Aug 30, 2022 1:15 PM EST
The Commanders signed Cole on Monday.
Analysis: The 5-foot-10 pass catcher will join Washington after fellow wideout Jequez Ezzard (undisclosed) reverted to the team's injured reserve list Monday. Cole did not register a catch over two games played in his career for the 49ers in 2020 and the Panthers in 2021, but his experience on special teams could give him a leg up in securing a spot with Washington this preseason.
Aug 8, 2022 4:49 PM EST
Cole was waived by the Seahawks on Friday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Analysis: Cole signed with the Seahawks' practice squad in mid-December, then signed a reserve/future deal with them in January. He's also previously spent time with the 49ers, Jets, Giants and Panthers, while appearing in a single-game each year in 2020 and 2021, but only seeing snaps on special teams.
May 15, 2022 8:01 AM EST
Cole signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cole joined Seattle's practice squad in mid-December and will remain with the organization to begin the offseason. He was previously on the Panthers' practice squad and appeared in one game in 2021.
Jan 11, 2022 9:44 PM EST
The Seahawks have signed Cole to their practice squad, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cole is an undrafted free agent out of Division II McKendree in Illinois. He was most recently on the Panthers' practice squad. He will now work to make an impression in Seattle.
Dec 14, 2021 5:03 PM EST
Cole was cut from the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Cole made one appearance for the Panthers in Week 12 against Miami, where he played 18 snaps on special teams. The 25-year-old was let go to make room for running back Jacque Patrick. Cole will now look for another opportunity after previously spending time with the 49ers, Jets and Giants.
Dec 7, 2021 12:11 PM EST
Cole reverted to the Panthers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Cole was elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, his first appearance of the season. He handled 18 snaps on special teams and recorded one tackle on punt coverage.
Nov 30, 2021 5:17 AM EST
Cole was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Cole will have a chance to make his first appearance of the 2021 campaign during Week 12. The 24-year-old's only experience at the NFL level has come on special-teams, so it's unlikely he plays a role in the Panthers' passing game Sunday.
Nov 27, 2021 6:37 PM EST
The Panthers' signed Cole to their practice squad Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Cole has spent time with the Giants, Jets, 49ers and Dolphins during his short time in the NFL. The 24-year-old has operated mostly as a practice-squad player, but he has shown upside as a special-teams ace.
Oct 4, 2021 11:09 AM EST
The Giants cut Cole from their practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: Cole joined the league as an undrafted free agent in 2020 and has spent time with the Dolphins, 49ers, Jets and Giants. The 24-year-old has served mostly as a practice-squad player, but he has displayed upside as a special-teams ace.
Sep 28, 2021 2:30 PM EST
The Giants waived Cole on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cole joined the league as an UDFA in 2020 and has spent time with the Dolphins, 49ers, Jets and most recently the Giants. He has served primarily as a practice squad player who has displayed upside as a special-teams ace.
Aug 31, 2021 10:12 AM EST
Cole was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Sunday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cole failed to make an impact with the Jets early in camp, but he'll now serve as depth for the Giants ahead of Saturday's preseason opener. The 24-year-old appeared in one game with the 49ers last year as a contributor on special teams.
Aug 9, 2021 9:42 PM EST
Cole was waived by the Jets on Friday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Cole has been a journeyman since going undrafted in 2020 and subsequently signing with the Dolphins. He next landed the 49ers before signing with the Jets in the offseason. He will now look for a new opportunity to make an impression.
Aug 6, 2021 7:41 PM EST
The Jets claimed Cole off waivers from the 49ers on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Cole stuck to special teams in his lone appearance with the 49ers last season, in what was his NFL debut. He stands to spend the offseason competing for a practice squad spot in New York.
May 5, 2021 1:53 PM EST
Cole was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, per the team's official site.
Analysis: Cole played in one game for the 49ers last season, but only played in a special teams role. He'll now look to sign on with a new team ahead of training camp.
May 4, 2021 7:57 PM EST
Cole (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: San Francisco has plenty of depth at the wide receiver position for Week 16, with Richie James, River Cracraft and Jordan Matthews all available as depth options behind Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne. The 24-year-old just signed with the 49ers on Christmas Eve, so it's less than surprising he wasn't able to crack the lineup within such a short span.
Dec 26, 2020 12:09 PM EST
Cole was signed to a two-year contract by the 49ers on Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Cole, who attended Division II McKendree University in Illinois, has been with the Dolphins' practice squad throughout his rookie campaign. He has yet to make an NFL appearance, but that could change soon given the two-year contract and the 49ers' depleted receiver corps. Cole could also contribute on special teams, as he returned both kickoffs and punts as a collegiate player.
Dec 24, 2020 12:38 PM EST
Cole was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday and restored to the Dolphins' practice squad.
Analysis: Cole's stint on the inactive list reaches an end after 14 days, meaning the undrafted rookie can return to team activities. The 24-year-old receiver has yet to make an appearance in the NFL, after playing his college football for Division II McKendree University in Illinois.
Nov 26, 2020 4:21 PM EST
Wilkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Dolphins on Thursday.
Analysis: Wilkins was placed on the list because he either tested positive for the virus, or came into close contact with someone who did. He'll need to clear the proper protocols before returning to team activities.
Nov 12, 2020 4:29 PM EST
The Dolphins waived Cole on Friday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: The Dolphins gave Cole a chance as an undrafted free agent from Division II McKendree (Ill.), but he didn't make the final roster. He flashed skill as both a receiver and returner in college, so perhaps the Dolphins can develop him on the practice squad.
Sep 4, 2020 9:31 PM EST
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