QCole Kmet
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Thu 8/11/22 1:54 PM

Kmet is day-to-day with an unspecified injury and isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Locked in as Chicago's top tight end, Kmet may still need to answer questions about production and performance but doesn't face any kind of serious challenge for snaps. His absence could free up a bit more work for middling veterans Ryan Griffin and James O'Shaughnessy.

QCole Kmet
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Tue 8/9/22 12:40 PM

Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy believes Kmet can be a rock star on offense, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.
EDGE Analysis
Although Kmet ranked eighth in tight-end targets last year with 93, he failed to score a touchdown. However, with favored red-zone tight end Jimmy Graham no longer on the team, it's likely that Kmet will see more looks in the end zone. Getsy pointed out that Kmet is starting to use the 'really cool tools' he has. He's lining up out wide, working in line as well as blocking. The coach also believes Kmet is on the brink of taking his game to another level. It's possible that the tight end could emerge as the second-most reliable receiving option on the Bears after Darnell Mooney. Currently being drafted just outside the top-10 tight ends in average fantasy drafts, if Kmet takes a big step forward in his third season, he could be a draft-day bargain.

QCole Kmet
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Mon 7/11/22 1:28 AM

Kmet anticipates having a large role in the passing game under new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, John Schrock of NBC Sports Chicagoreports.
EDGE Analysis
Getsy comes over from Green Bay, where he mostly worked with mediocre tight ends but did help coordinate a prolific 2020 passing attack with QB Aaron Rodgers throwing 48 TDs and TE Robert Tonyan scoring 11 TDs of them on only 59 targets. Kmet got 93 targets last season under a different coaching staff, but his 60 catches produced only 612 yards (10.2 YPC, 6.6 YPT) and nary a touchdown. While the 2020 second-round pick has shown some potential as a chain-mover, he's scored just once on 18 career red-zone targets and has only one gain of more than 25 yards. Development from QB Justin Fields would go a long way in helping with the lack of big plays and TDs, and there is some volume upside for Kmet in a Chicago offense with subpar options at wide receiver behind undersized No. 1 Darnell Mooney.

QCole Kmet
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Sun 1/9/22 4:21 PM

Kmet caught four passes for 48 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 60 receptions for 612 yards.
EDGE Analysis
As a rookie in 2020, Kmet started to become a significant part of the offense down the stretch, and he built on that this year, more than doubling his targets, receptions and yardage in his sophomore campaign. He'll enter the third year of his four-year rookie deal in 2022, and he could be viewed as a breakout option if Jimmy Graham doesn't return since such a development would potentially lead to more red-zone targets. He's likely to be selected as a top-18 tight end in 2022 fantasy drafts.

QCole Kmet
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Sun 1/2/22 4:44 PM

Kmet caught two of four targets for 25 yards in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Kmet finished third on the team in targets, but the Chicago passing attack was inefficient, and Darnell Mooney was the only Bears pass catcher who had success in this contest. With at least three receptions in each of his last six games, he'll have a solid scoring floor in Week 18 against the Vikings.

QCole Kmet
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Sun 12/26/21 7:19 PM

Kmet caught four passes for 49 yards in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Kmet was quiet throughout the first half before posting production while the Bears were mounting a late comeback. Although he didn't score, he was overthrown by Nick Foles in the end zone, and he was later upstaged by fellow tight end Jimmy Graham, who scored his third red-zone touchdown over the Bears' last five games. With at least 41 yards in four of his last five games, Kmet will be a high-floor fantasy option in Week 17 against the Giants.

QCole Kmet
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Mon 12/20/21 11:30 PM

Kmet caught six passes for 71 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Kmet led the Bears in targets and he frequently had plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field that helped him post a solid yardage total. He was also open for a potential touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but Justin Fields threw the ball behind where it needed to be, and the ball was knocked away. Although he hasn't scored all year, he's posted at least 41 yards in three of his last four games, and he'll be a potential fantasy starter for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.

QCole Kmet
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Fri 12/17/21 5:47 PM

Kmet (illness) was a full participant in Friday's practice.
EDGE Analysis
Kmet was one of eight Bears who didn't take part in Thursday's walk-through session on account of an illness. All but one of those players returned to the field Friday as full participants, temporarily alleviating some concern about a team-wide COVID-19 breakout. With that in mind, Kmet looks in line to fill his normal role as the Bears' starting tight end Monday against the Vikings.

QCole Kmet
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Thu 12/16/21 4:48 PM

Kmet was held out of Thursday's walkthrough due to an illness.
EDGE Analysis
While Kmet was one of eight Bears to miss the session for this reason, the team placed five players, including fellow tight end Jesse James (undisclosed), on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. As for the rest of the TE room, Jimmy Graham was listed as limited due to a knee issue and Jesper Horsted also sat out with an illness, making J.P. Holtz the only healthy member of the position group at the moment.

QCole Kmet
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Mon 12/13/21 6:44 AM

Kmet caught three passes on five targets for 17 yards in the Bears' 45-30 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Despite the Bears scoring 30 points, the Packers bottled up each of the Bears' primary weapons, including Kmet, who was held to fewer than 20 yards for just the second time since Week 4. With at least three receptions in seven of his last eight games, his value is elevated in PPR formats.