Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson

Wide Receiver #12
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 198 lb.
College:Wisconsin
Age:27
Born:November 6, 1992
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

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

Alex Erickson: Second-leading receiver in loss

Erickson corralled four of six targets for 47 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Ravens.

Analysis: A special teams ace by trade, Erickson has seen an uptick in his offensive involvement with injuries to A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (shoulder). Against Baltimore he garnered six-plus targets for just the third time in his past 36 regular-season games, while his 47 yards were his most since Week 17 of last year. Next he and the Bengals receiving corps will be going up against a Jaguars defense that allowed only Michael Thomas to exceed 40 receiving yards among all Saints players Sunday.

October 13, 2019 4:13 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Ready to rock

Erickson (concussion) is not listed on Friday's injury report, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Erickson has managed to clear the league's concussion protocol in time to suit up Sunday versus Baltimore. He's primed to play a regular role in Cincinnati's receiving corps behind Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.

October 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Turns in full practice

Erickson (concussion) put in a full practice Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: While Erickson's upgrade from limited participation Wednesday to a full showing one day later amounts to a step forward, he'll still need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before being removed from the concussion protocol. If that happens before Sunday's game in Baltimore, Erickson should reclaim a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.

October 10, 2019 2:01 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Still in concussion protocol

Erickson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol as of Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: On the plus side, coach Zac Taylor relayed that Erickson is making progress, but the receiver's status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is unclear at this stage. With A.J. Green (ankle) still out and John Ross (shoulder) on IR, Erickson would be in line for his share of snaps alongside Week 5 wideout starters Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate in the team's offense this weekend, if he's cleared to play.

October 9, 2019 10:43 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Exits Sunday's game

Erickson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a possible concussion.

Analysis: With Erickson sidelined, Stanley Morgan figures to see added snaps Sunday, in tandem with fellow receivers Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.

October 6, 2019 10:54 AM EST

Alex Erickson: In line for Week 5 start

Coach Zac Taylor said Erickson would serve as a starting receiver alongside Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Erickson will be in store for a spike in snaps after the Bengals placed John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve earlier this week. Though he'll draw a favorable matchup against a weak Arizona secondary in his seventh NFL start, Erickson is still unlikely to rank as much more than a tertiary option in the passing game with the Bengals expected to pepper Boyd with targets in the slot. Additionally, the likes of Tate, tight end Tyler Eifert and running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard may also remain higher-priority looks for quarterback Andy Dalton.

October 4, 2019 10:25 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Makes 13-yard grab

Erickson caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Erickson only played seven of 61 possible offensive snaps in this contest. He's most effective as a punt returner -- he has 42 return yards this year -- but he lost the kick returner job to Darius Phillips this season.

September 23, 2019 12:01 PM EST

Alex Erickson: Just one catch

Erickson had one catch for 14 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Niners.

Analysis: Andy Dalton had a chance to connect on a big play with Erickson on a third down in the second quarter, but instead of throwing to deep to the corner, where Erickson had his man beat, he instead threw a back-shoulder pass that fell incomplete, leading later to a missed field goal.

September 16, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Alex Erickson: Bengals fourth receiver

Erickson had four catches for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He also had 34 yards in punt returns, but lost a fumble on one of those returns.

Analysis: Erickson was only on the field for 11 offensive snaps Sunday, putting him fourth in line among Bengals wideouts, most notably behind Damion Willis.

September 9, 2019 11:12 PM EST

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