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Alex Erickson

Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #12
Carolina Panthers
Wide Receiver #12

Alex Erickson News

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

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.

Dec 27, 2020 3:23 PM EST

Added snaps likely Sunday

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

Dec 27, 2020 9:13 AM EST

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.

Dec 14, 2020 8:53 PM EST

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.

Dec 7, 2020 1:41 PM EST

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.

Nov 24, 2020 3:22 PM EST

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.

Nov 3, 2020 6:50 PM EST

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.

Sep 15, 2020 6:41 PM EST

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.

Jan 15, 2020 1:11 PM EST

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.

Dec 24, 2019 9:22 AM EST

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.

Dec 17, 2019 10:10 AM EST

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