Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson

Wide Receiver #12
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 198 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:28
Born:November 6, 1992
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Alex Erickson: Joining Texans

Erickson is signing a one-year contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Erickson is most notable as a special-teams ace, though he'll also be able to provide Houston with some wide receiver depth. After having been held under 200 yards in four of five career seasons, though, Erickson's breakout chances seem slim enough that he can only justifiably be rostered in exceptionally deep dynasty formats.

March 18, 2021 7:11 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Quiet finale, quiet season

Erickson had one catch on three targets in the Bengals' season-ending loss to the Ravens, closing out the season with only 12 catches for 139 yards and no touchdowns.

Analysis: It's a fitting close for Erickson, who was unable to break through with many big plays and in fact committed a couple of costly fumbles on the season. He'll be a free agent this offseason, and there's no guarantee that he'll return.

January 13, 2021 11:20 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Racks up 88 yards

Erickson recorded six receptions on six targets for 88 yards in Week 16 against the Texans.

Analysis: Erickson took over the primary slot role with Tyler Boyd (concussion) sidelined. He did most of his work in the short areas of the field, though he did manage to work deep downfield for a 42-yard gain early in the third quarter. Should Boyd miss the team's Week 17 matchup against the Ravens, Erickson should maintain his role in the slot.

December 27, 2020 3:23 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Added snaps likely Sunday

Erickson is expected to start in place of Tyler Boyd (concussion) Sunday against the Texans, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Tee Higgins and A.J. Green are also in the team's wide receiver mix Sunday, so Erickson -- who's caught five passes for 43 yards in 14 games to date -- still represents a speculative fantasy option in Week 16 lineups.

December 27, 2020 9:13 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Loses key fumble

Erickson caught one pass for nine yards and lost a fumble on a rushing attempt in the loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Erickson's fumble was the third fumble in a row lost by the Bengals, and ultimately led to a touchdown drive that increased the Cowboys' lead to 17-0.

December 14, 2020 8:53 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Hauls in two targets

Erickson caught two of three targets for 17 yards, returned one kickoff for 24 yards and two punts for 13 yards during Sunday's 19-7 loss to Miami.

Analysis: The 28-year-old played a season-high 19 offensive snaps Sunday, which is the first time all season he's played double-digit snaps. Erickson hasn't been involved much offensively in 2020, but he should continue to see work in the return game for the Bengals.

December 7, 2020 1:41 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Totals 10 yards

Erickson caught his only target for eight yards, rushed once for two yards and returned two punts for 19 yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.

Analysis: The 28-year-old played only five offensive snaps, which is still the most playing time he's seen since Week 4. Erickson is buried on Cincinnati's depth chart at wide receiver, and his primary role continues to be in the return game.

November 24, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Alex Erickson: No return chances against Titans

Erickson fielded one offensive snap and five special-teams snaps during Sunday's 31-20 upset of Tennessee, but he registered no touches in either department.

Analysis: Erickson remains situated as the Bengals' top punt returner, though he hasn't been afforded a single opportunity to bring one back over the past three weeks. On 10 returns this season, Erickson's 9.3 yards-per-attempt average ranks right up there with the best in the league, as the veteran currently sits sixth in the NFL in that category. Erickson's offensive role has been practically non-existent, however, as he has just one catch this season after racking up a career-best 43 during a 2-14 campaign for Cincinnati last year.

November 3, 2020 6:50 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Peels off long punt return

Erickson collected 29 yards on two punt return attempts during Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: The special-teams ace received four snaps for the Bengals offense without registering a target, but he made his presence felt in the return game. Erickson was able to take back a Ty Long punt for a 22-yard return at the 7:53 mark of the third quarter, helping to set up Randy Bullock with a 43-yard field goal that put Cincinnati ahead by seven points for the time being. Though Erickson boasts strong averages for his career -- 24.8 yards per kick return and 7.6 yards per punt return -- he remains without a special-teams touchdown on 219 attempts.

September 15, 2020 6:41 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Quiet finale

Erickson had one catch on four targets for 16 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Browns. He finishes the season with 43 catches for 529 yards, but with zero touchdowns. He also had 157 punt return yards.

Analysis: Erickson will be a free agent this upcoming offseason and it's uncertain whether the Bengals intend to re-sign him. He lost the primary kick return duties this season, so his utility to the team has diminished despite being more active on offense.

January 15, 2020 1:11 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Busy day

Erickson had six catches for 55 yards on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Miami. He also had 43 yards in punt returns.

Analysis: Erickson has ended up seeing a lot of work as the Bengals' third receiver, and this was his second-most targeted game of the year. The Bengals had to throw constantly in the second half in their last-ditch effort to tie the game before going into overtime.

December 24, 2019 9:22 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Critical fumble

Erickson lost a fumble on a punt return right before halftime in Sunday's loss to the Pats.

Analysis: Erickson's fumble helped the Pats regain the lead, one that they would not relinquish. It was an overall disappointing day for Erickson, who was held to one catch for six yards on five targets.

December 17, 2019 10:10 AM EST

Alex Erickson: To benefit from Tate, Green absences

Erickson is expected to fill a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Patriots with A.J. Green (ankle) ruled out for the contest and Auden Tate (knee) recently moving to injured reserve, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: As Dragon notes, Green hasn't practiced since Nov. 4, there's a real chance the wideout remains sidelined for Weeks 16 and 17 as well. The absences of Green and Tate will open up snaps for Erickson alongside Tyler Boyd and John Ross, with the Wisconsin product likely to do most of his damage as a short-yardage target out of the slot. Erickson played 80 percent of the offensive snaps -- his second-highest rate of the season -- in the Bengals' Week 14 loss in Cleveland, finishing with five catches for 45 yards on seven targets.

December 13, 2019 1:25 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Leads team in targets

Erickson caught five of seven targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Erickson led the team in targets and tied for first in receptions, but he was mostly limited to short gains and finished with modest yardage. He's seen 17 targets over the last three games, but that has translated into just nine catches for 109 receiving yards. Despite his involvement, Erickson carries little fantasy value and this should remain the case next Sunday against the Patriots.

December 8, 2019 4:47 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Catches both targets

Erickson caught both his targets for 21 yards and returned three punts for six yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Erickson saw eight targets last week versus the Steelers but wasn't nearly as involved with Andy Dalton back at quarterback despite playing a similar number of offensive snaps. The 27-year-old posted 14 catches for 234 yards in Weeks 7 and 8, but across the last four games he has only five catches for 64 yards. Erickson's fantasy potential remains limited while Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate are healthy.

December 2, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Catches two of eight targets

Erickson caught two of his eight targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Erickson finished second on the team in targets, but he struggled time and again to connect with Ryan Finley. He did make a flashy 30-yard gain at one point but was otherwise held in check. This was certainly an improvement over his last two games, during which he caught one of seven targets for zero yards, but it's tough to endorse Erickson's fantasy value for next week's matchup with the Jets.

November 24, 2019 3:44 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Zero yards against Raiders

Erickson had one catch for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley really struggled despite a matchup that appeared to be advantageous, and that really manifested itself with the wide receivers. Both Erickson and Tyler Boyd essentially were shut out.

November 19, 2019 6:53 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Removed from injury report

Erickson (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Oakland, the Raiders' official website reports.

Analysis: Erickson returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant before upgrading to a full session Friday. He should have at least one or two more weeks with a top-three role in Zac Taylor's three-wide-heavy offense, as A.J. Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game after sitting out every practice this week. Erickson's three games with snap share above 50 percent yielded 18 catches for 281 yards on 27 targets, albeit with Andy Dalton -- rather than Ryan Finley -- playing quarterback. There's also some chance for rookie Stanley Morgan to take away a slice of the snaps and targets that have been going to Erickson and Auden Tate.

November 15, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Logs limited practice

Erickson (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After Erickson sat out Wednesday's practice with the issue, this represents an upgrade. Friday will go a long way to determining the 27-year-old's status for gameday. Stanley Morgan would likely receive more snaps if Erickson is forced to sit.

November 14, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Day-to-day with back injury

Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Erickson is considered day-to-day due to a back injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Taylor also said that Erickson won't participate in live drills Wednesday, putting the wideout on track for a non-participation listing on the Bengals' first practice report of Week 11. Erickson will have two more chances to practice ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Raiders. With John Ross (shoulder) having been designated to return from injured reserve and A.J. Green (ankle) working toward a potential return, Erickson could end up taking a back seat in Cincinnati's aerial attack down the stretch.

November 13, 2019 10:57 AM EST

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