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Matt Cole

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #83
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #83

Matt Cole News

Sent to waivers

The Giants waived Cole on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of 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

Claimed by Giants

Cole was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Sunday, Jordan Raanan of 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

Waived by Jets

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

Joins Jets off waivers

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

Waived by 49ers

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

Healthy scratch for Week 16

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

Signed by San Francisco

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

Swings off COVID list

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

Hits COVID list

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

Shuffles to waivers

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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