|Team:||New York Giants|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||April 17, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 6 (199)|
The Giants shifted Core (Achilles) to injured reserve Wednesday
Analysis: After it was reported earlier Wednesday that Core likely suffered a torn Achilles in Tuesday's practice, this news isn't a great sign. Core was expected to provide depth at the receiver position while seeing most of his playing time on special teams heading into the 2020 season. The receiver will stay on the Giants' roster barring an injury settlement.
Core is believed to have suffered an Achilles tear during Tuesday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After signing a two-year contract in the offseason, Core was expected to see most of his playing time on special teams while also providing depth at wide receiver. His anticipated absence gives Corey Coleman a better shot at the No. 4 receiver job in New York.
The Giants and Core agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The special teams ace suited up in 283 snaps in that category of 2019, hauling in just three passes for 28 yards across 16 games. Core will return to a new head coach, but the same special-teams coach, meaning he'll likely return to his usual role with limited offensive potential in 2020.
Core secured three of five targets for 28 yards across 16 contests in 2019.
Analysis: Core did most of his damage on special teams in 2019, as per usual. Coming off the final year of his rookie contract, it remains to be seen if the Giants will opt to bring Core back for 2020.
Core caught three of five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: The former Bengals castoff is getting a chance to play meaningful snaps for Big Blue with Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Golden Tate (suspension) unavailable. Tate will sit out two more games while Shepard may not be ready in time to take on Tampa Bay in Week 3, so Core could continue to factor into New York's low-octane passing offense.
Core was claimed by the Giants on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Core finds himself on the Giants' active roster after being waived by the Bengals on Saturday. In limited action for the Bengals in 2018 he recorded 13 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown across 13 games. With the Giants he'll figure to operate as a depth receiver and special teams player.
Core was cut by the Bengals on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: The fact that Core was let go comes as a bit of a surprise, considering he accumulated 30 catches for 360 yards and one touchdown over the past three seasons. Core could find himself on another roster elsewhere before too long, especially when you consider his impact on special teams (189 snaps last season).
Core hauled in five of his 10 targets for 75 yards in the team's preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday.
Analysis: Core was only overshadowed by Ventell Bryant, as he finished second on the team in yards, targets and receptions. The highlight of his performance came at the end of the first quarter when he hauled in a 39-yard pass from Jake Dolegala. Though he was originally expected to vie for a starting role after A.J. Green (ankle) went down early in training camp, he has been surpassed on the depth chart by Damion Willis and is now a potential cut as the team trims the roster.
Core caught two passes for 30 yards in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday.
Analysis: Core was targeted only twice, though he did manage to convert both for receptions. He wasn't targeted by starter Andy Dalton, with his production instead coming in combination with rookie quarterback Ryan Finley. Core had been working with the first team immediately after A.J. Green (ankle) was sidelined, though Josh Malone and Auden Tate were both on the field with the first team in Thursday's contest. Core was used heavily as a special teams contributor in 2018, and it appears that will be his primary role once again if he manages to stay on the roster.
Core is working as the No. 2 receiver while A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (hamstring) recover from injuries, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.
Analysis: Ross is expected to miss at least a couple weeks of practice, and Green appears no better than questionable for Week 1. The Bengals badly need someone to step up alongside Tyler Boyd, who was their only reliable pass catcher after Green suffered a season-ending toe injury last year. A 2016 sixth-round pick, Core has caught 30 of 59 targets for 360 yards (6.1 YPT) and one touchdown in 35 career games, playing nearly as many snaps on special teams (465) as on offense (636). He hasn't provided much cause for optimism, but the opportunities at least will be there this summer.
Core (elbow) has been practicing during mandatory minicamp, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website
Analysis: Core suffered a dislocated left elbow in the Bengals' season finale against the Steelers. There has not been much news regarding the injury since, but he has been a full participant at mandatory minicamp. He will be batting to again earn a spot on special teams and as a depth receiver during training camp.
Core left Sunday's Week 17 game against the Steelers with what appeared to be a dislocated left elbow.
Analysis: It looked as if the Bengals' medical staff had to pop Core's elbow back into place right on the field, and place the left arm in an air cast even before he left for the locker room. The Bengals have run out of healthy receivers to finish the season. They'll finish out this game with John Ross, Alex Erickson, Auden Tate and Josh Malone.
Core caught two of three targets, accumulating a season-high 36 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-18 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: The third-year receiver out of Ole Miss has garnered multiple targets in seven straight games, but he's posted a convincingly inefficient catch rate of 50 percent during that span (with fewer than 20 receiving YPG). His involvement has vamped up substantially of late, playing 36.8 offensive snaps per game over Cincinnati's past five contests, compared to 11.4 snaps per game between Week 5 and 10. In the regular season finale Sunday afternoon, Core will face off against a Steelers defense that's coming off a game in which the defense allowed 229 yards and one receiving touchdown to Saints wideouts.
Core will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Browns, replacing the injured Tyler Boyd (knee), Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Already missing top wideout A.J. Green (foot) and top tight end Tyler Eifert (ankle) for many weeks now, the putrid Cincinnati passing attack will take an even greater hit with Boyd joining the wounded ranks. Core and John Ross will thus form the Bengals' starting receiver duo, though both represent shaky fantasy plays in Week 16 lineups. Expect the Bengals to lean heavily on lead running back Joe Mixon early and often unless the game script forces the team to enter catch-up mode and throw more frequently.
Core was held to one catch for 10 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Even with A.J. Green out and Tyler Boyd missing half of the game, Core was not a core component of the offense, though in fairness the Bengals were so successful in running the ball, there were fewer targets to spread around.
Core had just one catch Sunday against the Broncos, but it was good for 30 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Analysis: Core's snap count has been steadily climbing this season, and Sunday he logged a season-high 35 snaps, and was targeted four times on those snaps. With A.J. Green out for the season, it appears he'll get an extended look over the last four games.
Core corralled one pass on two targets for seven yards during Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Core has caught three passes in the past three games, increasing his total to six receptions for 54 yards on the season. He may see more opportunities if A.J. Green (toe) continues to be sidelined, but his production will likely remain low, nonetheless.
Core was the targeted wide receiver on the Bengals' final play in their loss to the Ravens on Sunday, and was unable to come up with the catch on the fourth-and-3 play.
Analysis: Overall Core got 34 offensive snaps, but didn't have a catch on either of his two targets. That's twice now he's had relatively high-profile drops in games that the Bengals lost - he also had a big drop on third down in a game against the Steelers earlier.
Core had three catches for 30 yards late in the Bengals' loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Analysis: Core got the nod over Josh Malone for the final wideout spot Sunday night, but he got most of his snaps when the game was out of hand, with backup Jeff Driskel throwing it to him.
Core was targeted three times in Sunday's loss to the Steelers but couldn't come up with any catches.
Analysis: Included on those three targets was a really bad drop on third down that would have gone for a first down had he held on. Core is ahead of Josh Malone and Auden Tate on the depth chart for now, but that hold is tenuous.
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