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Basic StatsAlbert Okwuegbunam's Basic Stats

Albert Okwuegbunam
ADP: N/A
Bye: 9
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 24.8
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 258
40 Time: 4.49
Speed Score: 129.60

Injury PredictorAlbert Okwuegbunam's Injury Guide

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2022

90%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

12.7%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2022

2.80

Durability

0

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 3, 2018 Non-NFL Shoulder Okwuegbunam left the game against Florida in the first half due to a bruised right shoulder. He missed the rest of the regular season.
Aug 5, 2019 Non-NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Okwuegbunam suffered a knee strain during Missouri's practice early in camp. He was available for Week 1
Nov 23, 2019 Non-NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Okwuegbunam missed Missouri's game vs. Tennessee due to sprained shoulder
Nov 8, 2020 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Okwuegbunam sustained a torn right ACL during Week 9's loss to the Falcons and missed the rest of the season
Oct 6, 2021 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Okwuegbunam missed three games while on IR due to a hamstring injury.
Nov 7, 2021 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Okwuegbunam aggravated his knee injury in Week 10's game against the Cowboys. He didn't miss any time

Basic StatsAlbert Okwuegbunam's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Okwuegbunam was a 4th-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • He posted an impressive 29-415-11 line as a freshman at Missouri in 2017 but never really took a step forward from there. He went 43-466-6 in 2018 and 26-306-6 in 2019.
  • The 6’5, 258-pounder blazed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. His 127.0 Speed Score is a top-5 mark among all TEs at the Combine since 2000.
  • Okwuegbunam appeared in 4 games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending torn right ACL in Week 9.
  • He played in 14 of 17 games last year, missing Weeks 5-7 with a hamstring injury.
  • Okwuegbunam, playing behind Noah Fant for most of the season, finished with 33 catches on 40 targets for 330 yards and 2 TDs.
  • In a Week 9 start in place of Fant (COVID), Okwuegbunam caught 4 of 5 targets for 25 scoreless yards.
  • He fared well in some key efficiency metrics last year:
    • His 8.25 yards per target ranked 11th among 35 TEs with 40+ targets.
    • He ranked 6th among those 35 TEs in yards per route run.
    • His 72.5 Pro Football Focus receiving grade was good for 11th among those 35 TEs.
    • He ranked 28th among 55 qualifiers in Football Outsiders’ DVOA.
  • The Broncos shipped Fant to Seattle in the Russell Wilson trade.
  • They drafted UCLA TE Greg Dulcich in Round 3 of this spring’s draft. The 6’4, 243-pounder is a catch-first TEs who racked up 68 catches, 1,242 yards and 10 TDs playing under HC Chip Kelly the past 2 seasons.
  • Multiple Broncos beat writers expect it to be an open competition between Okwuegbunam and Dulcich for snaps and targets this summer.
  • Wilson will be a big QB upgrade over last year’s tandem of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. Wilson struggled after suffering a right finger injury last October but was excellent before that and had shown no signs of decline the previous few seasons.
  • Okwuegbunam will play under a new coaching staff this offseason after the Broncos named Nathaniel Hackett their HC.
    • It’s Hackett’s first crack at a HC gig. He has 8 years of NFL OC experience: 2013-2014 with the Bills, 2016-2018 with the Jaguars and 2019-2021 with the Packers.
    • Hackett’s Bills and Jaguars offenses – piloted by E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton and Blake Bortles – were run leaning. But Hackett went pass heavier when he hooked up with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers ranked 7th, 9th and 11th in situation-neutral pass rate the last 3 seasons.
  • With Wilson and Hackett in town, we’re projecting the Broncos to pass at a tangibly higher clip than they did last season.
  • Broncos insider Mike Klis expects TE Albert Okwuegbunam to open the season as Denver's starter but TE Greg Dulcich to potentially overtake him by the 2nd half of the season.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Okwuegbunam was an intriguing prospect coming out of Missouri after a big freshman season and freaky display of size and speed at the Combine. He’s also flashed through 2 NFL seasons, posting strong efficiency marks last year.

Denver’s starting TE job is now wide open after Noah Fant was dealt to Seattle. But the team spent a 3rd-round pick on Greg Dulcich, who will reportedly compete with Okwuegbunam this summer.

That competition will be worth watching closely, with the winner having a shot at TE1 production with QB Russell Wilson now leading the offense.

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Greg Dulcich, TE DEN

2:55pm EDT 10/11/22

Greg Dulcich ready to practice

Broncos HC Nathaniel Hackett said Tuesday that TE Greg Dulcich is ready to return to practice. The rookie missed time in the spring with a core-muscle injury and most of training camp with a hamstring. He probably has a lot of catching up to do, but Dulcich has a chance to eventually claim a significant role with TE Albert Okwuegbunam in the doghouse.

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Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam said he's dealing with a "lower-body" injury. He was held out of the preseason finale but said he could have played if it was a regular-season game. It sounds like Okwuegbunam will be fine for Week 1, but we'll keep an eye on his practice participation this coming week.

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The Broncos placed TE Greg Dulcich (hamstring) on IR, knocking him out for at least the first 4 games of the season. It's not a surprise after the rookie missed most of the offseason with core and hamstring injuries. GM George Paton said Dulcich will "100%" be available come Week 5, but he's not worth stashing on standard redraft benches. TE Albert Okwuegbunam will have a chance to lay claim to the lead role in September.

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The Broncos had rookie TE Greg Dulcich working on a side field Monday, according to The Athletic's Nick Kosmider. The issue is a hamstring injury that Dulcich originally sustained in offseason workouts. It doesn't seem like the team is overly concerned. HC Nathaniel Hackett said, "We're just making sure we're doing things the right way."

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Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy was placed on the COVID list on Friday, making him a long shot to play vs. the Chargers on Sunday. WR Tim Patrick is also on the COVID list, so Denver will likely be down to WRs Courtland Sutton, Kendall Hinton and Diontae Spencer. Sutton and TEs Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam should get target boosts this weekend, but it's still tough to get excited about any of them with QB Drew Lock.

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