|Team:||New York Jets|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 208 lb.|
|Born:||March 21, 1996|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 4 (128)|
The Jets signed Malone to the active roster from the practice squad Thursday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Malone has spent the entire season on New York's practice squad, and he'll now serve a depth role in the team's wide receiver corps. The 2017 fourth-round pick previously appeared in 20 contests with the Bengals, recording seven catches for 75 yards and one touchdown across that span.
The Jets signed Malone to their practice squad Thursday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Malone was waived by the Bengals during the team's waves of roster cuts. The 2017 fourth-round pick will look to make the most of his opportunity in New York and continue to develop.
The Bengals waived Malone on Sunday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Malone had initially survived roster cuts, but when the team was awarded Pharoh Cooper off waivers, became expendable. His cut doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering he was already a surprise to make the initial roster, and faced an uphill battle for snaps. He'll hope to get claimed by another team, but if he doesn't, could find himself back on the Bengals' practice squad.
Malone squeaked in ahead of Cody Core to win the Bengals' final wide receiver spot with their roster cuts on Saturday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Analysis: This was a little surprising because Core was considered a very helpful player on special teams. But coach Zac Taylor opted for Malone because he offers more speed and length at wide receiver.
Malone caught two of his four targets for 26 yards in the team's preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday.
Analysis: Malone made his biggest catch of the day partway through the second quarter, when he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Jake Dolegala. He entered training camp on the roster bubble and that likely remains the case. Though he hauled in a touchdown in the team's third preseason game, Malone hasn't otherwise been all that noteworthy. Even if he manages to make the team, he wouldn't be a priority in the passing game and would slot in behind the likes of Tyler Boyd, John Ross (hamstring), Tyler Eifert, and eventually A.J. Green (ankle).
Malone hauled in one of his three targets for 13 yards in the Bengals' second preseason contest against the Redskins.
Analysis: Malone played into the second half but was targeted only three times. His only contribution came on the first drive when he caught a short pass over the middle and brought the team into the red zone. Malone is one of a number of candidates to fill in as depth of the Bengals' wide receiver corps. Even if he makes the team, his role in the regular season is likely to be inconsistent, especially when A.J. Green (ankle) is able to return to the field.
Malone was the Bengals' best receiver in Monday's practice, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Analysis: Malone entered training camp on the roster bubble, but A.J. Green's ankle injury probably gives him a little bit of security. He's battling with Cody Core and Alex Erickson for reps, and even the potential to start the first couple of games. It's most likely that he'll begin the season third or fourth on the depth chart until Green returns.
Malone didn't have a catch Sunday on his lone target.
Analysis: Malone had one catch and 12 yards on five targets all season, dressing for just nine of the 16 games this season. It's very much in doubt that he'll be in the Bengals' plans next season
Malone is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Malone is a healthy scratch Sunday, which sets the stage for Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Cody Core to head the Bengals' Week 15 wideout corps.
Malone wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: Malone hasn't played in a game since Week 8 against the Buccaneers, where he played 11 total snaps. The Tennessee product was listed as questionable going into Week 14, but was ultimately ruled out. Though Malone is listed as a depth receiver, being healthy is a first step to gaining a bigger role in the offense.
Malone (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Malone was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis but will miss his fifth straight game. The 22-year-old has been unable to take advantage of A.J. Green's (foot) absence, leaving Alex Erickson and Auden Tate to serve as depth options at wide receiver for the Bengals.
Malone (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Malone has missed four straight games due to a lingering hamstring injury, but appears to have a real shot of retaking the field Week 14. The second-year wideout could be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Chargers. If Malone is able to suit up, he could see an uptick in offensive snaps in the absence of A.J. Green (foot).
Malone (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Malone was also limited during Wednesday's practice session. The second-year wideout has missed four straight games, and his status for Sunday's tilt against the Chargers is murky at best. With A.J. Green (foot) on injured reserve, Malone could see limited offensive work when he retakes the field.
Malone (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Malone was unable to practice this week and will miss his fourth straight game with the hamstring injury. Alex Erickson and Cody Core should work as depth receivers for the Bengals with A.J. Green (toe) making his return.
Malone (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Malone has missed three straight games with this injury. The Tennessee product's practice statuses later this week will help paint a better picture of whether he will play or miss his fourth straight game. If Malone does miss more time, Alex Erickson and Cody Core would likely retain their depth roles.
Malone (hamstring) will not suit up for the Bengals on Sunday against the Browns, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sunday will be the third consecutive game missed for the Tennessee product. This news comes to no surprise, as Malone has been unable to practice for the last two weeks. Alex Erickson and Cody Core will likely act as the primary depth wide receivers yet again for the Bengals on Sunday.
Malone (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: This hamstring injury has forced Malone to miss the last two games. In addition, Malone hasn't been able to practice in the last two weeks. Starting off the week with a missed practice isn't a great sign for Sunday, but Malone's participations -- or lack thereof -- later this week will paint a better picture.
Malone (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With A.J. Green (toe) also out this week, Alex Erickson, Cody Core and Auden Tate are in line to work as the Bengals' primary depth receivers behind Tyler Boyd and John Ross, assuming he's able to suit up Sunday despite being listed as questionable with a groin injury.
Malone (hamstring) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With Malone opening the week with back-to-back absences at practice, the wideout appears to be trending toward missing a second straight game Sunday in Baltimore. If both Malone and A.J. Green (toe) are sidelined again, Alex Erickson, Cody Core and Auden Tate would likely work as the primary depth receivers behind Tyler Boyd and John Ross (groin).
Malone (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: Malone sat out Sunday's loss to the Saints due to a hamstring injury, and continues to work towards a recovery. It remains to be seen whether the second-year wideout will suit up against the Ravens in Week 11. If Malone is able to play, he could see limited offensive usage with A.J. Green (toe) expected to remain sidelined. Malone has caught only one pass for 12 yards this season.
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