|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||April 17, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 6 (199)|
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.
Core (back) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Core has logged his first full participation in practice since training camp. The 24-year-old depth piece will work towards playing against the Panthers on Sunday, where he's likely to see most of his snaps on special teams.
Core (back) is inactive for Thurday's game against Baltimore, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Core was also inactive for the team's season-opening victory over the Colts. The 24-year-old was likely to only see snaps on special teams, so his absence shouldn't have a significant impact on either team's skill position players.
Core (back) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Ravens, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Core was inactive for the season opener against the Colts due to his injury, and appears unlikely to suit up Week 2 either. The 24-year-old special teams piece could struggle to hold onto his roster spot if he's unable to get healthy in the near future.
Core (back) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Core was inactive in Week 1's season opener against the Colts due to his injury. The 24-year-old will need to fully participate in Wednesday's practice to have any chance of suiting up against Baltimore on Thursday.
Core (back) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Core entered the campaign as the fifth man on the depth chart at receiver and is likely to see most of his snaps on special teams this season, so his absence won't have many implications in the fantasy realm. The 24-year-old was at least able to practice on a limited basis on two occasions this week, which offers hope that he might be able to make his season debut next Thursday against Baltimore.
Core is listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener against the Colts, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Core was the only player on the team's injury report. As the No. 5 wideout, he was slated for a special teams role similar to last year when he had zero receptions on four targets. His absence will bump Alex Erickson up a spot on the depth chart.
Core (back) participated in Thursday's practice, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Core missed several weeks of the preseason due to a lingering back injury, but appears to be nearing recovery as Week 1 approaches. If Core is able to practice in full again Friday, the third-year wideout will have a chance of suiting up for Sunday's season-opener against the Colts.
Core (back) did not participate in Wednesday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Core missed the final three games of the preseason tending to a back injury. The receiver will need to get back on the field either Thursday or Friday to have any chance of suiting up for Sunday's season opener against the Colts.
Core (undisclosed) is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Core saw limited snaps in the preseason opener before going down with an undisclosed injury that has kept him sidelined since. His roster spot is certainly in jeopardy now, and in his absence, Josh Malone and Auden Tate are expected to continue getting extra reps at receiver.
Core (undisclosed) sat out Sunday's preseason game against the Bills, Paul Dehner of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Core needs meaningful game reps in order to make up ground in the race for the last few spots on the Bengals' wide receiver depth chart, so missing a game is not good for his outlook. As long as Core is out, Josh Malone and Auden Tate should continue to see expanded reps at wideout.
Core (undisclosed) has sat out practice this week through Thursday after missing Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Core is in danger of getting cut by the Bengals, as he's seemingly well behind Josh Malone, Alex Erickson and rookie Auden Tate.
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