Ryan Otten
Otten before San Jose State's 2012 homecoming game.
No. 88, 82     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-07) April 7, 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth: Carmichael, California
Career information
College: San Jose State
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2013)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2× honorable mention Sports Illustrated All-American (2011, 2012)
  • 2× first-team All-WAC (2011, 2012)

Ryan James Otten[1] (born April 7, 1990) is a former American football tight end He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at San Jose State.

Early lifeEdit

Otten was born in Carmichael, California and graduated from Del Oro High School in Loomis, California in 2008.[1][2] As a senior in 2007, Otten was a first-team All-NorCal selection by[2] Additionally, Otten won the National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Award in 2007.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ryan Otten
[[Loomis, CA]] Del Oro HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.59 Jan 27, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 66
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 77 (TE), 119 (school)   Rivals: 116 (school)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College careerEdit

At San Jose State University, Otten redshirted his freshman year in 2008 then played for the San Jose State Spartans football team from 2009 to 2012. As a redshirt freshman in 2009 under coach Dick Tomey, Otten played all 12 games with 7 starts and had 10 receptions for 78 yards.[2] In 2010 as a sophomore playing under new coach Mike MacIntyre, Otten had 17 receptions for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns in 6 games; he missed 6 games due to injury.[2] Otten's role on the team earned comparisons to former Dallas Cowboys tight end Doug Cosbie: "catching third-down passes in traffic and sneaking behind the defense for long gains," as San Jose Mercury News sportswriter Jon Wilner put it.[3]

As a junior in 2011, Otten played 11 games, with 52 receptions for 739 yards and 5 touchdowns, becoming one of the best receiving tight ends in the nation.[2][4] He was also a first-team All-WAC and honorable mention Sports Illustrated All-American selection in a season where San Jose State improved from 1-12 in 2010 to 5-7.[2][5]

In his senior season in 2012, a season where San Jose State went 11-2 including a victory in the 2012 Military Bowl, Otten played all 13 games and had 47 receptions for 742 yards and 4 touchdowns.[2] Again, Otten was a first-team All-WAC selection and Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-American in 2012.[6][7] Otten led all Division I FBS tight ends in yards per catch with 15.8 in 2012.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 230 lb33 38 in9 58 in 4.69 s 1.64 s 2.75 s 4.62 s 7.50 s 33 in 9 ft 4 in 17 reps

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, Otten signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent on Monday April 29, 2013.[8] He was released on August 30, 2013.

San Diego ChargersEdit

On October 9, 2013, Otten was signed to the San Diego Chargers' practice squad.[9] Otten signed a future contract with the Chargers on January 16, 2014.[10] The Chargers released Otten on August 25, 2014.[11]

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

On September 9, 2014, the Cincinnati Bengals signed Otten to the practice squad.[12] On September 16, the Bengals cut Otten.[13]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

The Minnesota Vikings signed Otten to the practice squad on November 12, 2014 and released Otten on May 7, 2015.[14][15]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Del Oro High School Class of 2008". Loomis News. June 4, 2008. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 "Ryan Otten". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  3. Wilner, Jon (August 23, 2010). "San Jose State’s Ryan Otten looks like a pro". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  4. Faraudo, Jeff (October 11, 2011). "San Jose State tight end Ryan Otten plenty fast enough to burn opposing defenses". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  5. "'s 2011 All-Americas". Sports Illustrated. December 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 9, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ryan Otten". San Diego Chargers. Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  7. "'s 2012 All-America Team". Sports Illustrated. December 11, 2012. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  8. "Jaguars agree to terms with 23 Rookie Free Agents".
  9. "Michael Harris to IR".
  10. "Nine signed to future deals".
  11. Chargers Trim Roster; Waive 11 Players
  12. Hobson, Geoff (September 9, 2014). "Bengals moving Still back to roster; TE Otten signed to practice squad". Cincinnati Bengals. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  13. Hobson, Geoff (September 16, 2014). "Notes: Bengals re-sign TE Brock, Smith to IR; Inactive list may be full of inactives; Stat check". Cincinnati Bengals. Retrieved September 21, 2014.

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