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Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 2, Pick: 1
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 228 lb.
College:Oklahoma
Age:23
Born:July 24, 1996
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 2 (48)
Draft Team:CIN

Joe Mixon: Long-term deal possible

While there haven't been any signs of progress in negotiations, Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin said that the organization desired to sign Mixon to a long-term deal, Chris Roling of USA Today reports.

Analysis: The initial conventional wisdom was that a deal with Mixon would have to wait until the Bengals resolved A.J. Green's long-term contract situation, but that might not necessarily be the case.

May 9, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Potential holdout

The Bengals and Mixon haven't yet agreed on a contract extension, and while there haven't been any reports of acrimony, a holdout remains a possibility, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mixon is set to become a free agent after this season, though obviously the Bengals have the recourse of a franchise tag available. Christian McCaffrey's recent new contract will be mentioned as part of the conversation, though the Bengals are hardly known for their willingness to throw big money at a player. Mixon's status becomes more pressing now with the draft just around the corner.

April 15, 2020 8:11 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Turns focus to extension talks

Mixon indicated Monday that he's hopeful to agree with the Bengals on a contract extension this offseason, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. "I've always been all about the team. But if it comes to a point where I gotta think about me, that's just what's going to have to happen," Mixon said, when asked if he would skip offseason workouts if an extension isn't in place.

Analysis: Though Mixon's efficiency as a ballcarrier dropped off in 2019, he still rumbled for 1,137 yards and five touchdowns on an acceptable 4.1 yards per tote while working behind a porous offensive line. The 23-year-old is on Cincinnati's books through 2020, but he's understandably seeking some longer-term job security on the heels of his second consecutive 1,000-plus-yard campaign. Mixon was at his best during the final quarter of the 2019 season, clearing 100 rushing yards on three of those four contests and chipping in nine receptions for 97 yards.

December 30, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Scores twice in career game

Mixon carried 26 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns while adding a 14 yard catch during Sunday's 33-23 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Mixon gashed the Cleveland defense for 6.2 yards per carry en route to a new career high in rushing. He added short rushing touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters, giving him five in the final seven games after he recorded none beforehand. Mixon's herculean effort also put him over 1,000 rushing yards on the season, which is an impressive feat considering his struggles early on. The third-year back faced his share of obstacles throughout the campaign, but he still finished with over 1,400 yards from scrimmage to go along with eight touchdowns, and he could fare even better in 2020 if the Bengals upgrade their roster on the offensive side of the ball.

December 29, 2019 1:26 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Toughs out illness Sunday

Mixon, who was said to be dealing with an illness prior to Sunday's 38-35 overtime loss to the Dolphins, rushed 21 times for 50 yards and brought in both targets for 23 yards during the contest.

Analysis: Mixon turned in a gutsy performance considering he was under the weather, even though his likely depleted energy levels prevented him from fully capitalizing on an excellent matchup on paper. Mixon's yardage total was disappointing in the wake of his back-to-back 100-yard performances in Weeks 14 and 15, but he'll hope to thrive in another potentially favorable scenario versus the Browns' suspect run defense in Week 17.

December 22, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Under the weather, but suits up Sunday

Mixon, who's been dealing with a stomach bug since Saturday, is active and was present for warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Contipelli previously noted "keep an eye on (Mixon's) workload" Sunday, but the running back's stomach issue won't prevent him from giving it a go against the Dolphins. It remains to be seen, however, how much, if at all, his Week 16 workload might be impacted.

December 22, 2019 9:52 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Dealing with stomach bug

Mixon, who was limited by a calf issue Thursday and then practiced fully Friday, is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but he's been dealing with a stomach bug since Saturday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Contipelli, "keep an eye on (Mixon's) workload - (it's) not yet known how much he will play" Sunday. If Mixon ends up limited at all versus Miami, added work would be on tap for Giovani Bernard.

December 22, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Good to go this week

Mixon (calf) practiced fully Friday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mixon was limited at practice Thursday, but his return to a full session Friday puts him in line to play on the road Sunday against the Dolphins. Per the report, Mixon, who has logged 48 carries for 282 yards and a TD and caught six passes for 60 yards over his last two games, "is expected to have no issues" ahead of Sunday's contest and barring any in-game setbacks, he figures to remain busy against 3-11 Miami.

December 20, 2019 10:39 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Spotted at Friday's practice

Mixon (calf) was spotted warming up for Friday's practice, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's uncertain how much Mixon was able to do after getting warm, but it's a good sign that he was on the field after landing on the injury report Thursday. The Bengals will provide an official update on Mixon's status when they release their final injury report of the week after Friday's session.

December 20, 2019 8:01 AM EST

Joe Mixon: Added to injury report Thursday

Mixon was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a calf injury, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Mixon didn't appear on the Bengals' first Week 16 injury report that was issued Wednesday, so his limitations Thursday could signal that the running back picked up the calf issue midway through practice. More clarity on Mixon's situation should arrive during the Bengals' final practice of the week Friday, but Giovani Bernard is the next man up out of the backfield in the event Mixon is sidelined for Sunday's game in Miami or is limited during the contest.

December 19, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Rumbles for 156 yards

Mixon ran for 136 yards on 25 carries and added 20 yards on three catches during Sunday's 34-13 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The Bengals' continued struggles in the passing game have paid dividends for Mixon. The Sooner product now has an unreal 342 total yards over his past two games and has topped 100 total yards in four of his last six games. He's far and away the most valuable member of the Bengals from a fantasy perspective and, though attentions will be turned to the 2020 draft during Sunday's matchup against Miami, Mixon should enjoy a solid matchup against the league's 23rd-ranked run defense, surrendering 4.6 yards per carry.

December 15, 2019 4:21 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Tallies 186 scrimmage yards

Mixon carried 23 times for 146 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Browns. He also caught three of four targets for 40 additional yards in the 27-19 loss.

Analysis: Mixon gashed the Cleveland defense for 6.3 yards per carry on his way to a new season high in rushing yards. He scored a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter and rounded out his performance with a season high in receiving yardage as well. It's been slow going at times for Mixon this season, but he's averaged 93.8 rush yards per game over the last five while scoring three touchdowns in three of his last four. He will look to continue his strong run of form next Sunday against the Patriots.

December 8, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Finds end zone in first win

Mixon rushed 19 times for 44 yards and a touchdown while catching all four of his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Mixon powered in a five-yard touchdown in the second quarter for his second rushing score in the past three weeks following a nine-game drought in that category to start the season. He has three receiving touchdowns this season, but Mixon had been in a lull with only three receptions over the past three games combined before tying his season high with four catches in this one. Andy Dalton coming back under center should benefit Mixon moving forward, as Dalton has shown more willingness to check the ball down to the running back than Ryan Finley did in his three-game stint at quarterback. Up next for Mixon and the Bengals is a Week 14 trip to Cleveland.

December 1, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Gains 79 rushing yards vs. Steelers

Mixon carried 18 times for 79 yards during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Mixon's 18 carries were his second-most since Oct. 6, and he averaged a respectable 4.4 yards per tote against a sold Pittsburgh front. He curiously wasn't involved in the passing game and finished without a target for the first time this season. Mixon has come to life as a runner over the last four weeks, averaging 86.3 yards per game while carrying at least 15 times in each contest. Consistent production as a pass catcher would benefit his fantasy stock, and he'll look to get more involved in that department next Sunday against the Jets.

November 24, 2019 2:32 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Scores with 103 scrimmage yards

Mixon carried 15 times for 86 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Raiders. He also caught one of three targets for 17 additional yards during the 17-10 loss.

Analysis: Mixon averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry against a solid Oakland front while scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard plunge in the first quarter. He wasn't especially involved in the passing game, but his 103 scrimmage yards -- combined with his touchdown -- were an encouraging sign for his fantasy owners. Mixon's production has trended upward over the last couple of weeks and he'll look to keep it up next Sunday against the Steelers.

November 17, 2019 6:21 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Frustrating 2019 continues

Mixon managed only 10 yards on eight carries, while catching two of three targets for 29 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The third-year back has been largely inefficient as a rusher, and his passing-game involvement has not been anywhere near a level that would justify his average draft position as a top-10-to-15 running back. Behind a banged-up Bengals' offensive line he has been held to fewer than 1.7 yards per rush in three of his six appearances, and he is averaging fewer than 17 receiving yards per game thus far in 2019. In Week 7 he and the Cincinnati front will be going up against a Jaguars defense that contained top Saints' backs Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray to a combined 75 rushing yards on 19 attempts Sunday.

October 13, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Best rushing performance of 2019

Mixon ran for 93 yards on 19 carries, and caught his only target for a gain of 16 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: The third-year back is trending in the right direction in terms of his rushing efficiency, breaking four yards per carry in three consecutive games after managing just 1.6 yards per attempt on 17 combined carries between Weeks 1 and 2. Mixon gained nine or more yards on 26.3 percent of his rushing attempts, but was unable to cash in on either of his goal-line carries. In Week 6 he will face a Ravens defense that bounced back Sunday by holding James Conner to 55 yards on 14 carries, after getting lit up by Cleveland's Nick Chubb for 165 yards and three touchdowns the outing prior.

October 6, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Does best in defeat

Mixon rushed 15 times for 62 yards and caught four of five targets for one yard in Monday night's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Mixon has now topped 60 yards on the ground in back-to-back games after starting the season with consecutive outings of under 20 rushing yards. While Monday marked his season high in the category, he was still hurt by the game flow, which saw the Bengals trailing big for most of the second half. Behind an at-times brutal offensive line, Mixon has done his best to find lanes the past couple weeks, but his overall outlook is hurt by his poor quality of surrounding talent. Still, his weekly volume props up his fantasy stock, and his upcoming matchup against a Cardinals defense that's surrendered the second-most yards league-wide bodes well for him to return to his more explosive ways.

September 30, 2019 8:21 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Comes to life in Week 3 loss

Mixon rushed 15 times for 61 yards and caught both of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 21-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Mixon's one-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter tied the game at 14-14. It was his first trip to the end zone in 2019 following a 2018 campaign in which Mixon scored eight rushing touchdowns and one as a receiver. The 0-3 Bengals played from behind throughout this one and are unlikely to employ many run-heavy game scripts this season due to a lack of leads, but Mixon's owners should be encouraged that he showed signs of life here after a putrid first two games. He'll hope to build on this effort when the Bengals travel to Pittsburgh for Monday Night Football in Week 4.

September 22, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Joe Mixon: Takes responsibility for struggles

Mixon called his performance through two games "terrible" Wednesday and said that he has to "do some reevaluating," Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Mixon has rushed for just 27 yards on 17 attempts without a touchdown to start the 2019 season, averaging 1.59 yards per carry. He's also caught five of eight targets for 17 yards without a score. The 23-year-old hasn't received much help from Cincinnati's offensive line, which is banged with a multitude of injuries, and he isn't in line for an easier time Week 3 versus Buffalo's stout defensive front. On a positive note, Mixon does appear fully recovered from the sprained right ankle that prevented him from participating in most of the Bengals' practices last week.

September 18, 2019 12:13 PM EST

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