Alex Erickson

Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #12
Washington Redskins
Wide Receiver #12

Alex Erickson News

Joins Washington's practice squad

The Commanders signed Erickson to their practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Erickson was released by Washington ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline but has returned to the team via the practice squad. The 29-year-old wideout has plenty of experience as a wideout and return specialist at the NFL level, so he should be a prime candidate to be elevated on a weekly basis.

Sep 2, 2022 8:05 AM EST

Released by Commanders

Erickson was released by the Commanders on Tuesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Erickson is the odd-man out at wide receiver after the Commanders cut down their roster Tuesday. The 29-year-old has a great amount of experience at both wide receiver and return specialist, making him a likely candidate to get picked up by another squad this season.

Aug 30, 2022 10:10 AM EST

Shining this preseason

Erickson caught each of his three targets for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City, leading the Commanders in receiving yards for a second straight week.

Analysis: Erickson has five catches for 90 yards on six targets, but he's been less successful in the return game and faces new competition there with RB Antonio Gibson now in the mix on special teams. Erickson, Dax Milne, Cam Sims and Dyami Brown are competing for what likely will be two or three roster spots at wide receiver, with special teams a big part of the equation. Washington's top three to start the season appears set with Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel.

Aug 22, 2022 7:12 AM EST

Signs with Washington

The Commanders signed Erickson on Wednesday.

Analysis: Erickson caught just three of four targets for 55 yards across 17 appearances with the Panthers last season, but he has proven to be a reliable punt returner during his first six NFL seasons. Washington also has Dax Milne and Curtis Samuel (hamstring) as potential punt-return options, but Erickson has the most experience, which will likely make him the favorite to win the gig heading into training camp.

May 4, 2022 10:09 AM EST

No touches in finale

Erickson was not targeted and fair caught both of the punts he fielded in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Erickson was hardly involved offensively this season, catching just three of four targets for 55 yards in 17 games. Where he made his biggest impact was on special teams, returning 23 punts for 204 yards and two kickoffs for 57 yards. While he was less of a factor overall with the Panthers than in his five years prior with the Bengals, Erickson is now slated to hit unrestricted free agency and see his value on the open market.

Jan 11, 2022 5:00 PM EST

Catches one pass

Erickson caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Erickson now has three games with a reception this season, getting involved on his only offensive snap Sunday. Despite his contribution, he holds minimal fantasy value most weeks.

Nov 29, 2021 7:13 AM EST

Active for Week 7

Erickson (concussion) is active for Sunday's contest against the Giants, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official website reports.

Analysis: Erickson suffered a concussion during the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Vikings, but he has cleared protocol and will be available Sunday. The 28-year-old wideout has been targeted just twice -- catching both for 42 yards -- this season, but he has been the primary punt returner for the Panthers during the 2021 campaign. With Terrace Marshall (concussion) inactive against the Giants, Erickson may see an uptick in offensive snaps Sunday.

Oct 24, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Questionable against Big Blue

Erickson (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Erickson was concussed in last week's loss to Minnesota, but he has a chance to return without missing any additional game action. If Erickson's able to suit up, he'll likely occupy his customary role as the punt returner to go with a handful of snaps at wide receiver. He has been targeted just twice though six games, catching both for 42 yards.

Oct 22, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Returns to practice

Erickson (concussion) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The wide receiver suffered the head injury in Week 6 versus the Vikings, ultimately exiting the contest and not returning to practice until Thursday. He still needs to be cleared by team doctors before suiting up against the Giants in Week 7. Used mostly as a return specialist, Erickson has only two catches for 42 yards in six games this season.

Oct 21, 2021 2:50 PM EST

Ruled out with concussion

Erickson (concussion) left Sunday's game against the Vikings, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Erickson's diagnosis means he won't return to action against Minnesota, and the coming days will be decisive to see if he can play against the Giants next week. He made just one reception for 17 yards against the Vikings.

Oct 17, 2021 1:23 PM EST

Makes long catch

Erickson caught his only target for 25 yards in Thursday night's 24-9 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Erickson handled his usual return duties, taking back two punts for 17 yards, but the veteran also featured on six offensive plays. That involvement helped Erickson make his first catch as a Panther, setting the team up for its second score with his red-zone entering gain Thursday. Although it's unlikely Erickson will factor into the offense much on a week-to-week basis, his contribution in Carolina's latest win should keep him in the mix for occasional snaps.

Sep 24, 2021 7:22 AM EST

Officially elevated

Erickson was elevated from the Panthers' practice squad ahead of Sunday's Week 1 matchup against the Jets, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Erickson will serve as depth at wide receiver in the season opener since Shi Smith (shoulder) has been ruled out for the contest. The 28-year-old appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals last year but had just 12 receptions for 139 yards.

Sep 11, 2021 7:14 PM EST

Elevated to active roster

Erickson was called up from the Panthers' practice squad Friday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Panthers elected to keep only five wideouts on their initial 53-man roster, so Erickson gets the promotion with Shi Smith (shoulder) not ready for the opener. Coach Matt Rhule said that Erickson will return punts during Sunday's contest against the Jets.

Sep 10, 2021 10:59 AM EST

Added to Carolina's practice squad

The Panthers signed Erickson to their practice squad Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official website reports.

Analysis: Erickson spent the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Bengals before joining Houston this offseason. He failed to beat out Keke Coutee and Anthony Miller for a slot receiver role and now finds himself on Carolina's practice squad. The Panthers only kept five wideouts on their initial 53-man roster, so a promotion for Erickson could be likely if one of them goes down with an injury.

Sep 7, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Released by Texans

Erickson was released by the Texans on Tuesday, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Erickson was active for the Texans during the preseason, but was always considered to be on the outside looking in for the 53-man roster. He was competing with Keke Coutee and Anthony Miller for a slot receiver role. The Wisconsin product spent his first five seasons with the Bengals before joining the Houston during the offseason.

Aug 31, 2021 4:18 PM EST

Hauls in two passes

Erickson caught two of three targets for 25 yards in Saturday's 23-16 loss to the Buccaneers in preseason Week 3.

Analysis: Erickson, primarily a slot receiver, had a pair of grabs in each of the final two preseason games. The former Bengal played a significant amount of snaps with projected starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor during camp and in preseason games. Anthony Miller, also primarily a slot receiver, missed time the last two weeks due to a shoulder injury, which paved the way for Erickson's increased playing time. He currently sits outside most 53-man roster projections, but Erickson could be brought back if Houston rosters Miller then places him on the injured list.

Aug 29, 2021 7:37 PM EST

Grabs two passes Saturday

Erickson caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Saturday's 20-14 win over the Cowboys in Preseason Week 2.

Analysis: Erickson moved up the depth chart behind Keke Coutee for the game, because Anthony Miller (shoulder) was unavailable. Miller's injury timeline is expected to run through the preseason with hope that he can play the season opener at home against Jacksonville. If Miller's timeline is pushed out any longer, Erickson is line to take his snaps.

Aug 22, 2021 9:31 AM EST

In the mix at slot

Erickson is getting reps as a slot receiver during training camp, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Erickson signed a one-year deal as a free agent and is competing with Keke Coutee and Anthony Miller in the slot. The five-year veteran has not missed a game in five NFL seasons while with Cincinnati, but in only of those seasons has he been considered a starter on offense. Erickson's been much more prevalent as a returner during this time with the Bengals.

Aug 7, 2021 7:49 AM EST

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.

Mar 18, 2021 7:11 PM EST

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.

Jan 13, 2021 11:20 PM EST

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