|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 247 lb.|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 5 (156)|
Fumagalli caught six of nine passes for 38 yards and a touchdown during the 2019 season.
Analysis: After missing his entire rookie season with a hernia, Fumagalli appeared sparingly in 11 games in 2019. The 2018 fifth-round pick saw 20 or more offensive snaps in a game just once and was targeted multiple times just twice. He figures to be on the roster bubble heading into 2020 with fullback Andy Janovich likely pushing the promising Andrew Beck over to tight end full time with fellow 2019 rookie Noah Fant. That'll leave Fumagalli, veteran Jeff Heuerman, Jake Butt, and Austin Fort -- who impressed during training camp before tearing his ACL in the preseason -- to fight over one or two spots.
Fumagalli caught his only target, a seven-yard gain, during Sunday's 23-3 loss in Kansas City.
Analysis: Fumagalli got on stat sheet during Denver's final drive of the game with a quick pass underneath. Fumagalli spent much of the season on the game-day inactive list and, when he's played, he's seldom been involved in the passing game, with just one game with multiple targets. He's caught passes in back-to-back weeks, but he's still a ways away from being a fantasy consideration, even Sunday against the Lions' 31st-ranked pass defense.
Fumagalli caught his lone target of Sunday's 38-24 win over Houston, a three-yard gain.
Analysis: The reception snapped a two-game drought for the sophomore tight end. The Broncos have featured the tight ends a bit more, and the offense itself has been more potent, in the two games since rookie passer Drew Lock entered the fold, but Fumagalli has been the most meager beneficiary. His 16 snaps Sunday were fourth among Denver's tight ends/H-backs and he has not yet made a big play in the passing game with Lock under center, unlike fellow reserve tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Andrew Beck. Fumagalli and the Broncos travel to Kansas City Sunday to take on the Chiefs' 13th-ranked pass defense.
Fumagalli hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: The University of Wisconsin product lost his rookie season due to a sports hernia and has been a healthy scratch often this year, but he was afforded increased duties in this contest with Jeff Heuerman (knee) inactive. Fumagalli capitalized, as he logged a career-high 29 offensive snaps while being targeted three times. All three looks were in Minnesota territory, including a third-down pass that Fumagalli caught for his first career score. The 24-year-old's usage will likely be flaky again once Heuerman returns.
Fumagalli (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli simply doesn't factor into Denver's plans on offense with Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman both healthy. The second-year pro will miss his fourth straight contest as a healthy scratch.
Fumagalli (coach's decision) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Jaguars, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli has played in every game thus far, and he hasn't surpassed 14 offensive snaps in a contest. The second-year pro has taken a clear backseat to Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman, but hopefully the healthy scratches don't become a trend.
Fumagalli was not targeted during Monday's 24-16 loss in Oakland.
Analysis: The sophomore Wisconsin product was a distant third in snaps in his NFL debut, trailing rookie Noah Fant (52 snaps) and veteran Jeff Heuerman (21 snaps). The division of snaps may adjust in the coming weeks as Fant grows in comfort in the offense and Heuerman (shoulder) heals up, but Fumagalli is unlikely to get enough action to be of fantasy relevance week to week.
Fumagalli is listed as active Monday at Oakland, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli's practice reps were impacted Saturday by an illness, but he didn't make an appearance on the ensuing injury report and now is ready to roll for Week 1. He'll jostle with Jeff Heuerman and rookie Noah Fant for reps at tight end.
Fumagalli was limited during Saturday's practice with an illness, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli didn't pick up any sort of game designation despite the illness, so it's unlikely the tight end will be limited in any way Monday. He's unlikely to see much playing time with both Jeff Heuerman and Noah Fant listed above him on the depth chart.
Fumagalli brought in all five of his targets for 44 yards in the Broncos' 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday.
Analysis: With Jeff Heuerman (shoulder) and Noah Fant (ankle) both nursing injuries, Fumagalli saw extensive playing time Saturday and outperformed fellow reserve Jake Butt (2-17). The 2018 fifth-round pick is also logging time at fullback this summer as the Broncos look to find an in-house replacement for the sidelined Andy Janovich (pectoral), but Saturday's performance certainly helped him make a case as a fine pass-catching option at a tight end position that still has a fair amount of uncertainty attached to it as the regular season approaches.
Fumagalli played some full back during Tuesday's practice, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio is taking a serious look a Fumagalli to being the solution to the injury to Andy Janovich, who suffered a strained pectoral muscle and will be out for the next 6-to-8 weeks. With tight end snaps going to be hard to come by for Fumagalli this season, a spot at fullback may be his best opportunity to see the field.
Fumagalli practiced in full pads on Sunday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli missed some practice time last week due to his hip injury and his return Sunday is in line with the day-to-day tag he was initially given. It's unclear what the specifics of the injury were but it doesn't appear to have been serious. The second-year tight end will look to stay healthy and see his first NFL action in 2019 after missing his rookie season with a sports hernia.
Fumagalli is day-to-day with a hip injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli missed his rookie year thanks to a sports hernia injury but was supposedly healthy entering training camp. While the injury doesn't sound serious, he is in a fierce competition for playing time with the likes of Jake Butt, Noah Fant and Jeff Heuerman so any sort of absence could wind up being a major setback.
Fumagalli is expected to compete with Jake Butt (knee) for the No. 3 tight end spot, Mike Klis of NBC Sports Denver reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli missed his rookie year with a sports hernia injury, but has made a full recovery and is ready for the 2019 season. Butt is still recovering from a torn ACL but has been cleared to participate in training camp. Regardless, both Butt and Fumagalli will be limited in fantasy this season, as Denver drafted Noah Fant in the first round of the 2019 draft and re-signed Jeff Heuerman to a two-year contract in March.
Fumagalli is not listed among the players who are limited or not participating in voluntary workouts, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: This isn't a huge surprise since Fumagalli, who missed all of 2018 with a sports hernia injury, said last month that he expected to be healthy by this time. With Jake Butt (knee) still far away from a return to the field, the Wisconsin product should garner plenty of offseason reps alongside Jeff Heuerman and Temarrick Hemingway. However, it's possible Denver could bring in additional competition via the draft or free agency, a market that currently includes Jermaine Gresham, Antonio Gates and Ben Watson, among others.
Fumagalli (sports hernia) said Monday that his goal is to return to full health in April, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli, who spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve after sustaining a sports hernia last offseason, said he's "almost there" with regard to his full recovery. Returning to full health in April would allow Fumagalli to participate unhindered in OTAs. With Jeff Heuerman and Matt LaCosse both possibly headed for free agency, Fumagalli could offer competition to Jake Butt (knee) for the Broncos' starting tight end role.
The Broncos placed Fumagalli (sports hernia) on injured reserve Saturday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic Denver reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli didn't play this preseason after battling a sports hernia all offseason. The rookie out of Wisconsin had a shot to make some noise in an untapped tight end corps, but those hopes will likely have to wait until next season. Fumagalli is a solid run blocker, but he also is a skilled pass catcher, recording 46 receptions for 547 yards and four touchdowns his senior season.
Fumagalli (sports hernia) won't play in Friday's preseason contest against the Redskins, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The rookie out of Wisconsin has been battling the sports hernia ailment for a couple of months now and it seems like it's going to be a gradual process towards full health. Given the lingering nature of such an injury, it wouldn't be surprising should Fumagalli be sidelined for part of the regular season. In the meantime, Fumagalli's absence provides Jake Butt with another chance to separate himself from the rookie on the depth chart.
Fumagalli (sports hernia) has been ruled out for Saturday's preseason contest against the Bears, Mike Klis of 9News.com reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli will miss his second consecutive preseason contest as he continues to recover from sports hernia surgery, while the rookie hasn't had a chance to challenge Austin Traylor (shoulder) and Jake Butt for positioning on the depth chart at tight end behind starter Jeff Heuerman (knee). Fumagalli's next opportunity to make his debut will come in Week 3 of the preseason Friday versus the Redskins.
Fumagalli (sports hernia) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Vikings, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Fumagalli, who missed practice time this week, is having trouble bouncing back from the sports hernia surgery that he underwent this offseason. The rookie's next chance to make his professional debut will come Aug. 18 against the Bears. With No. 1 tight end Jeff Heuerman (knee) also sidelined Saturday, Jake Butt and Austin Traylor will likely get the bulk of the work with the first-team offense.
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