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2023 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 1 2 2.0 1 2
Post Season

Top Ko Kieft News

  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Quiet in second season

    Kieft brought in one of five targets for a two-yard touchdown reception while playing in 16 regular-season and two postseason games for the Buccaneers in 2023.

    Kieft once again served almost exclusively as a blocking tight end, but to an even greater extent than he did during his rookie 2022 campaign, when he posted a 7-80-1 receiving line on 10 targets. The 26-year-old's only stats from scrimmage came in the Buccaneers' Week 15 win over the Packers. Kieft should occupy the same role and continue to also contribute to multiple special-teams units during his third season with Tampa Bay in 2024.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Returning Sunday

    Kieft (shoulder) is active Sunday against the Panthers.

    Kieft missed the Buccaneers' Week 17 matchup with the injury, but he'll return to action in the team's regular-season finale, as they attempt to wrap up an NFC South championship.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Officially questionable for Sunday

    Kieft (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.

    Kieft was a full participant at practice Friday, so he's likely on the probable end of the questionable designation. If he can't go in Week 18, though, rookie fifth-rounder Payne Durham would project to see an expanded role.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Upgrades to limited work

    Kieft (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

    After missing the Buccaneers' Week 17 loss to the Saints with a shoulder issue, Kieft began the team's week of practice with an estimated DNP on Wednesday followed by a limited session Thursday. It seems as if the 26-year-old's shoulder injury could be improving, but unless he's able to practice in full Friday, he'll likely carry an injury designation into Week 18.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Remains hindered by injury

    Kieft (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report.

    Kieft missed the team's Week 17 loss to the Saints and appears in danger of missing the team's regular-season finale against the Panthers, although his participation level was just an estimate. The second-year pro will work to get out onto the field Thursday, when the Buccaneers will likely hold a regular practice, which could help put him on the path of suiting up for Sunday.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Not playing Sunday

    Kieft (shoulder) is inactive Sunday against the Saints.

    Kieft was technically ruled out Friday, but his appearance on the team's inactive list makes it official. Payne Durham and David Wells will be candidates to see extra snaps in his absence.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Out for Sunday vs. Saints

    Kieft (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.

    Kieft will miss his first game of the season in Week 17 due to a shoulder injury. In his place, rookie fifth-rounder Payne Durham will probably see more snaps on early downs and near the goal line.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Nursing shoulder injury

    Kieft didn't practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.

    Kieft played more snaps (17) during Sunday's 30-12 win versus the Jaguars than he had in any game this season since Week 2, but he apparently hurt his shoulder at some point along the way. He'll probably need to practice Thursday or Friday to have a chance to suit up Week 17 versus the Saints.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Goes untargeted in win

    Kieft went without a target while playing 17 of 74 snaps on offense in Tampa Bay's 30-12 win over Jacksonville.

    A week after cashing in on his first reception of the season for a two-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 34-20 win over the Packers, Kieft's involvement as a pass catcher predictably dropped off. Kieft has been active for all 15 of Tampa Bay's games this season, but he's logged just five total targets while functioning mainly as a blocker during his time on the field.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Finds end zone in win

    Kieft caught his only target for a two-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 34-20 win over the Packers on Sunday.

    Kieft's first catch of the season was certainly noteworthy and extended the Buccaneers' lead to 27-17 late in the third quarter. The blocking tight end also recorded a scoring grab on seven catches during his rookie 2022 campaign, but he remains a complete afterthought in the air attack despite Sunday's contribution.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Empty line on one target

    Kieft failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 29-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

    The fact the blocking tight end saw even one target was news in itself, considering it's the first time a pass has gone his way since Week 1. Kieft actually logged a 7-80-1 line on 10 targets as a rookie a year ago, but he's been a complete non-factor in this season's Baker Mayfield-helmed air attack.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: No targets over 10 snaps

    Kieft logged 10 snaps on offense but did not draw a target in the Buccaneers' 25-11 loss to the Eagles on Monday night.

    The blocking tight end saw Baker Mayfield throw in his direction on three occasions without success in Week 1 against the Vikings, and he's subsequently failed to draw a target over the next two games. Kieft didn't even officially run any routes Monday night, as his blocking presence was needed versus an aggressive Eagles defense. Kieft's fantasy value figures to remain nonexistent as long as complementary pass-catching options at tight end like David Wells and Payne Durham are healthy behind Cade Otton.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: Goes without target

    Kieft went without a target over his 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Bears.

    After Kieft failed to reel in any of his three targets in the Week 1 win over the Vikings, quarterback Baker Mayfield didn't end up looking the tight end's way in the Week 2 win. Kieft has run routes (26.5 percent) more frequently than he's blocked (18.4 percent) when he's taken the field for passing plays, but he's unlikely to rank as anything more than a tertiary option in the aerial attack at any point this season.

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  • Buccaneers' Ko Kieft: One catch in preseason win

    Kieft brought in one of two targets for five yards in the Buccaneers' 13-6 preseason win over the Jets on Saturday night.

    The second-year tight end made his first grab of preseason in his typically modest offensive role. Kieft should be locked into a roster spot given his superior blocking ability, which he flashed throughout his rookie 2022 campaign as the No. 3 tight end.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 265 lbs
Birthplace: Sioux Center, IA
Age: 26
School: Minnesota
Experience: 3