NFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
5-1-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 8-9-0
0-6-0 3-14-0

2022 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 11 113 10.3 1 22

Top James Mitchell News

  • Lions' James Mitchell: Records reception in season finale

    Mitchell played 10 of the Lions' 60 snaps on offense and recorded a seven-yard reception in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Packers.

    Though he ranked third in snap share among Detroit tight ends in each of the final five games of the 2022 campaign, Mitchell still drew at least one target in all but one of those contests. All told, Mitchell turned in 11 receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets across his 14 appearances with the Lions in 2022. The 23-year-old is likely to remain in a depth role for Detroit heading into his second NFL season in 2023.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: No looks during offensive explosion

    Mitchell did not see any targets in the passing game during Sunday's 41-14 win over the Jaguars.

    Like Shane Zylstra, Mitchell claimed a season-high 30 percent of the offensive snaps while Brock Wright saw his fewest proportion of snaps since T.J. Hockenson was dealt to the Vikings. It will be interesting to see if Mitchell's role could continue to grow down the stretch.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Makes play on Thanksgiving

    Mitchell caught one pass on one target for 22 yards during Thursday's loss to the Bills.

    Mitchell continued to hover around a quarter of the offensive snaps, and his only production came on a broken play in which quarterback Jared Goff was able to set up Mitchell for a decent catch-and-run opportunity. Otherwise, Mitchell was a complete afterthought in the passing game as Goff largely looked to his wideouts plus D'Andre Swift all day. Expect more of the same for the fifth-round rookie in Week 13 against Jacksonville.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Remaining in small role

    Mitchell was not targeted with a pass during Sunday's 31-18 win over the Giants.

    After seeing an uptick in snaps between the first and second game since T.J. Hockenson was traded, Mitchell actually saw a slightly smaller portion of the snaps in the third game than he did the second. If Brock Wright continues to handle roughly three quarters of the snaps while Mitchell hovers around 20 percent, Mitchell won't be worth any consideration in fantasy circles. Up next is a Week 12 matchup with the Bills.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: One catch against Bears

    Mitchell secured his only target for four yards during Sunday's 31-30 win over the Bears.

    While Mitchell didn't build upon his two-catch outing in Week 9, the fifth-round rookie saw an uptick in playing time as the Lions attempt to replace T.J. Hockenson. Meanwhile, starter Brock Wright saw a slight downtick in snaps but was still able to find the end zone. Mitchell will look to up his involvement in Week 11 against the Giants.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: First career touchdown

    Mitchell caught two of two targets for eight yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 15-9 win over the Packers.

    While Detroit tight ends received only four of Jared Goff's 26 pass attempts in the team's first game without T.J. Hockenson, Mitchell received half of them and parlayed one into his first career touchdown. However, he also saw less playing time (13 offensive snaps) than new No. 1 tight end Brock Wright (50) and Shane Zylstra (16). Mitchell, a rookie fifth-rounder, should get plenty of opportunities to prove his worth as the rest of the year goes on, but his production figures to be unpredictable unless he starts seeing consistently high snap counts.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Looking at increased opportunities

    Mitchell looks set for increased playing time in the wake of Detroit trading top tight end T.J. Hockenson being traded to the Vikings on Tuesday, Alec Lewis and Colton Pouncy of The Athletic report.

    Mitchell is likely still behind Brock Wright (head) for the time being, but with Hockenson no longer entrenched as the No. 1 tight end of the future, the Lions now have every incentive to take an extended look at the rookie fifth-round pick. Mitchell was a big-play threat back in college and averaged more than 17 yards per catch in 2019 and 2020, so his involvement will be worth keeping an eye on. He could emerge on the fantasy radar if he secures a significant pass-catching role with Hockenson out of the mix.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 249 lbs
Birthplace: Norton, VA
Age: 23
School: Virginia Tech
Experience: 2