Mitchell Wilcox

Cincinnati Bengals
Tight End #84
Cincinnati Bengals
Tight End #84

Mitchell Wilcox News

Moves back to No. 2 TE role

Wilcox played 27 of the Bengals' 65 snaps on offense and went without a target in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Hayden Hurst settled back in as Cincinnati's top tight end in his return from a three-game absence, resulting in Wilcox settling for a downturn in playing time as the No. 2 option at the position. While Hurst was sidelined, Wilcox offered only marginal fantasy value, as he cobbled together a 10-79-1 receiving line on 11 targets during that three-game stretch.

Jan 12, 2023 9:36 AM EST

Season-high six catches

Wilcox had six catches for 35 yards in the Bengals' win over the Patriots on Sunday.

Analysis: Wilcox entered Sunday's game with only 11 catches on the season, but he was active early in place of Hayden Hurst this week, as the Bengals connected on a number of early short passes. Hurst was making progress in practice this week before missing a third consecutive game - we'll see if he's available next Monday against Buffalo, or whether Wilcox will get a fourth start at tight end.

Dec 24, 2022 10:46 PM EST

Set for another start

With Hayden Hurst (calf) having been downgraded to out, Wilcox is in line to start at tight end for the Bengals in Saturday's game against the Patriots, Michael Niziolek of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: It will be the third straight start for Wilcox, who caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a TD in this past Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers, while handling a 91 percent snap share. Though the 26-year-old isn't a high-percentage fantasy option in Week 16, Wilcox does offer an option to those needing to fill in for Hurst or are otherwise seeking short-term TE help.

Dec 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

Catches first touchdown in win

Wilcox caught all three of his targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Wilcox was well on his way to another disappointing fantasy outing before he caught a 12-yard touchdown strike late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup in Tampa Bay. The 250-pounder has served as Cincinnati's No. 1 tight end during both of the last two contests with Hayden Hurst sidelined due to a calf issue, catching four passes on just five targets for 44 yards and a score in that span. If Hurst is able to gain medical clearance before the weekend, then Wilcox would presumably see his snap count drop Saturday in New England.

Dec 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

One catch on two targets

Wilcox had one catch on two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Analysis: Wilcox provided more value with his run-blocking than with his receiving skills, netting those two targets on 48 snaps while filling in for the injured Hayden Hurst. Hurst remains week-to-week, so Wilcox could be in line for another start this week against the Bucs.

Dec 12, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Ascends to top of depth chart

Wilcox is set to work as Cincinnati's top tight end Sunday against the Browns, as Hayden Hurst (calf) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Hurst's first absence of the season paves the way for Wilcox to get some extra attention from star quarterback Joe Burrow. The 26-year-old Wilcox has yet to reach 20 receiving yards in a game, so expectations should be tempered despite the favorable circumstances.

Dec 9, 2022 12:54 PM EST

Busy role on tap

Wilcox had one catch for 13 yards on his only target in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. He played 47 offensive snaps, which is the most he's played all season, both in raw number and as a percentage of the team's snaps.

Analysis: Wilcox will maintain a similar role this upcoming week with Hayden Hurst unlikely to play. That said, he's unlikely to play a significant role in the passing game, as he's had no more than two targets in any given game this season.

Dec 5, 2022 10:00 PM EST

Handling limited role behind Hurst

Wilcox played 15 of the Bengals' 50 snaps on offense in Monday's 32-13 loss to the Browns, hauling in his lone target for a three-yard gain.

Analysis: Wilcox has suited up for all eight of the Bengals' games this season, but his role on offense has been muted while he's served as the No. 2 tight end behind starter Hayden Hurst. The 25-year-old has cleared 50 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps on just two occasions and has cobbled together a modest 6-47-0 receiving line on the campaign.

Nov 2, 2022 10:00 AM EST

Ready to roll for Week 1

Wilcox (ankle) is active for Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Wilcox suffered a left ankle injury during the team's exhibition opener and was sidelined for the remainder of the preseason. He was limited at practices all week, but he'll still suit up for Week 1. Wilcox will compete for Drew Sample for backup snaps behind Hayden Hurst, but the majority of Wilcox's snaps will likely come on special teams.

Sep 11, 2022 8:45 AM EST

Listed questionable for Sunday

Wilcox (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's season opener against the Steelers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wilcox suffered a left ankle injury during the team's first preseason game and was sidelined until he returned to practice in a limited fashion Monday. He was limited throughout the week but was listed as a full participant Friday, giving him a chance to suit up Sunday. If available, Wilcox will compete with Drew Sample for backup snaps behind Hayden Hurst.

Sep 9, 2022 12:33 PM EST

Returns to practice Monday

Wilcox (ankle) practiced Monday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Wilcox suffered a left ankle injury during the team's first preseason game and has been rehabbing since. The extent of his participation in practice remains to be seen, but even if it was in a limited fashion, it's still an upgrade from the rehab field. Drew Sample (shoulder) also returned to padded practices recently, so both tight ends could be available for a backup role behind newcomer Hayden Hurst during Sunday's season-opening matchup against the Steelers.

Sep 5, 2022 10:34 AM EST

Rehabbing Wednesday

Wilcox (ankle) was running on the side rehab field during Wednesday's practice, Paul Dehner and Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wilcox suffered an ankle injury during the Bengals' preseason opener and has remained sidelined since. While his return to running is a great sign, it's unclear when he'll be ready for game action. Drew Sample (shoulder) returned to padded practice Wednesday, so he appears to be a step ahead of Wilcox in his rehab. If healthy, both tight ends are expected to operate as backups to newcomer Hayden Hurst.

Sep 2, 2022 11:44 AM EST

Won't return Friday

Wilcox was ruled out for the remainder of Friday's preseason matchup against Arizona after suffering a left ankle injury.

Analysis: Wilcox figured to see heavy usage before having his left ankle rolled up on in Friday's game as fellow backup Drew Sample was already sidelined due to a knee injury. With the second-year tight end now out as well, Thaddeus Moss and Scotty Washington should see increased snaps against the Cardinals.

Aug 12, 2022 5:44 PM EST

Re-signs with Cincinnati

Wilcox signed a one-year deal with the Bengals on Friday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Wilcox appeared in 15 games for the Bengals last year, but the majority of his snaps came on special teams. Across 81 offensive snaps, the 25-year-old tight end caught three of five targets for 16 yards. He figures to garner a similar role in 2022, as Cincinnati's tight end room remains essentially the same after swapping C.J. Uzomah -- who signed with the Jets this offseason -- for Hayden Hurst.

Apr 8, 2022 11:26 AM EST

Makes three grabs in 2021

Wilcox secured three of five targets for 16 yards across 15 appearances in 2021.

Analysis: Wilcox appeared in this first NFL action of his career for Cincinnati in 2021, and he's scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason. The Bengals could opt to keep Wilcox around and allow him to continue developing in the same system.

Jan 17, 2022 9:43 AM EST

Activated Thursday

Wilcox was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Wilcox spent the minimum 10 days on the list. He should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Nov 25, 2021 11:10 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

Wilcox (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: It's unclear whether or not Wilcox tested positive for the virus, but he'll need to clear the health and safety protocols regardless. C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample are the remaining tight ends on Cincinnati's active roster.

Nov 15, 2021 2:39 PM EST

Joins active roster

Wilcox was signed to the Bengals' active roster Friday.

Analysis: Wilcox, who scored at least two touchdown in all four of his collegiate seasons at South Florida, will provide depth at tight end behind Drew Sample in Week 17 against the Ravens.

Jan 1, 2021 10:38 AM EST

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