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2023 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 2 28 14.0 0 24

Top James Mitchell News

  • Lions' James Mitchell: Participates in offseason program

    Mitchell (hand) was seen catching passes last week during the beginning of Detroit's offseason program.

    Mitchell played 15 games during the 2023 regular season while primarily slotting in as a blocking tight end and contributor on special teams, as he caught just two passes. The 24-year-old then missed the Lions' postseason run with a hand injury. Mitchell's return to action during the offseason program likely means he's moved past the injury or the time being, so he'll likely slot back in behind Sam LaPorta and Brock Wright on the depth chart at tight end to begin the 2024 season.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Goes on IR

    Mitchell (hand) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

    Mitchell had already been ruled out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Rams due to a hand injury, but it now seems as if this issue will hold him out for the remainder of the year. In a corresponding move, Detroit signed Anthony Firkser to its active roster to ensure some extra depth at tight end going forward.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Won't play against Rams

    Mitchell (hand) has been ruled out for Sunday's wild-card round game against the Rams, Eric Woodyard of reports.

    Mitchell's practice participation trended in the wrong direction throughout the week, and he won't play Sunday after failing to practice in any capacity Friday. Starting tight end Sam LaPorta (knee) practiced without limitations Friday, so there's optimism over LaPorta's availability despite his questionable tag, and Brock Wright will be available for the first time since Week 15 after having recovered from a hip injury.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Tending to hand injury

    Mitchell (hand) was a limited participant at practice Thursday.

    It's not clear when Mitchell picked up the hand issue, but his availability for the wild-card round is now in question regardless. Sam LaPorta did not participate at practice Thursday, so Detroit will certainly hope that Mitchell is able to practice in full Friday and avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Gains 24 yards

    Mitchell caught his only target for 24 yards during Sunday's 30-20 win over the Vikings.

    Mitchell logged more than a quarter of the offensive snaps for a third straight game and has now caught a pass in two in a row. With Sam LaPorta (knee) possibly set to miss time and Brock Wright (hip) having yet to return to practice, Mitchell could be next up as the starting tight end ahead of the wild-card round and a matchup with the Rams, who allowed the second-most touchdowns (eight) and the fourth-most receiving yards (987) to tight ends in 2023. While Mitchell has just 13 catches in 28 games over the past two years, the 2022 fifth-round pick was a versatile athlete at Virginia Tech, where Mitchell averaged 16.1 yards per reception and notched five rushing touchdowns on his seven collegiate carries.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: First catch of season

    Mitchell caught one pass for four yards during Saturday's 20-19 loss to the Cowboys.

    Mitchell caught his first pass of the season while again logging at least a quarter of the offensive snaps in the continued absence of Brock Wright (hip). He'll remain off the fantasy radar even if Wright remains sidelined for the regular-season finale Sunday against the Vikings.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Goes untargeted Saturday

    Mitchell played six of the Lions' 66 snaps on offense and went without a target in Saturday's 42-17 win over the Broncos.

    Mitchell has suited up for all but two of the Lions' 14 games this season, but the tight end has yet to draw a target and has seen more action on special teams than on offense. The Lions likely won't ask him to play more than a handful of reps at tight end in a given week when both Sam LaPorta and Brock Wright (groin) are available.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Cleared for Week 7

    Mitchell (hamstring) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens.

    Mitchell missed back-to-back games due to a hamstring injury, but he'll return to action versus Baltimore. The second-year tight end has played more special-teams snaps (31) than offensive snaps (25) this season and has yet to record a target.

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  • Lions' James Mitchell: Not playing Week 6

    Mitchell (hamstring) will remain sidelined for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Jenna Laine of reports.

    Mitchell's absence will mark his second straight due to a hamstring injury. Star rookie Sam LaPorta (calf) has been deemed questionable, which leaves Brock Wright and Darrell Daniels as the Lions' only current healthy options at tight end. Mitchell now will focus on a potential Week 7 return at Baltimore.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 246 lbs
Birthplace: Norton, VA
Age: 24
School: Virginia Tech
Experience: 3