Alie-Cox did not have a reception and had just one target in Sunday's win at Buffalo.
Analysis: While his production was mostly due to game script (Indy attempted just 20 passes amid 264 yards rushing), it's also the fourth consecutive game where he's had less of a role in the passing game than Jack Doyle (3 receptions at Buffalo). The Indy passing game should be more active next week against Tampa Bay, but Alie-Cox needs to show more involvement before he can be trusted in most fantasy formats.
Nov 23, 2021 11:01 AM EST
Alie-Cox had one reception for six yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Alie-Cox played on 35 of the offense's 64 snaps, but went out for a pass on just 17 snaps. While he ran slightly fewer routes than usual, it was also a game where the Colts emphasized the run. Still, it looked like Alie-Cox was emerging as the top tight end in the passing game over Jack Doyle, but Doyle has six receptions and two touchdowns the last three games compared to two receptions and no touchdowns for Alie-Cox. Since they've both had the typical pattern of playing time, it remains a guessing game which tight end may be a factor in the passing game and red zone.
Nov 15, 2021 11:12 AM EST
Alie-Cox did not have a reception despite four targets in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Alie-Cox played on 39 of the offense's 80 snaps and went out for a pass on 25 plays, both about his season average. It was Jack Doyle who had a touchdown catch in the loss despite Alie-Cox having four touchdowns in his last four games. Still, there wasn't a significant change in either tight end's workload, so we wouldn't be too worried about his lack of receptions. Alie-Cox is a red zone threat but his upside is limited given his low target share.
Nov 1, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Alie-Cox caught all three targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-18 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Alie-Cox contributed his fourth touchdown over the past four weeks, quickly becoming one of Carson Wentz's favorite red-zone targets. The veteran tight end doesn't bring a ton of upside to the table while splitting time with Jack Doyle, but he could be used in a pinch for those needing help at the position while he maintains this scoring hot streak.
Oct 24, 2021 9:42 PM EST
Alie-Cox scored a 28-yard touchdown on three targets in Sunday's 31-3 win over Houston.
Analysis: Alie-Cox made his only catch count against a Texans defense that has struggled to defend tight ends. Despite limited volume, Alie-Cox has established himself as a red-zone weapon for the Colts, with three touchdowns in his last three games. He'll look to build on his recent momentum in Week 7 against the 49ers.
Oct 17, 2021 3:08 PM EST
Alie-Cox caught three of four targets for 50 yards in Monday night's 31-25 overtime loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Alie-Cox couldn't follow his two-touchdown outing in Week 4 with another score, but he at least caught three passes for the second straight game while going for his most yardage this season. Although he's a complementary target within the Colts offense, Cox has made enough plays the past couple weeks to move his stock in the right direction ahead of Week 6's matchup against the Texans.
Oct 11, 2021 9:52 PM EST
Alie-Cox secured three of five targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' 27-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Alie-Cox became the surprise beneficiary of both of Carson Wentz's touchdown passes, recording three- and 11-yard scoring grabs in the second half to help seal the Colts' first win of the season. The fourth-year tight end has already matched a career high with the pair of scores, and perhaps his connection with Wentz will help lead to the athletic Alie-Cox surpassing the career-best 31-394 line he produced while working with Philip Rivers in 2020. Alie-Cox will look to build on the surprise fantasy-friendly effort in a Week 5 road battle against the Ravens on Monday night, Oct. 11.
Oct 3, 2021 3:13 PM EST
Alie-Cox had one reception on two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Alie-Cox saw significantly less playing time in Week 1 as he played just 27 snaps compared to 49 snaps for Jack Doyle, whereas the two were about equal in snaps last week. He at least had a reception after failing to make a catch in Week 1. While Alie-Cox could emerge with a larger role and find usage as a red zone option (where the Colts have struggled), he's not a significant part of the passing offense at the moment.
Sep 20, 2021 10:34 AM EST
Cox started at tight end and didn't have a reception on his lone target in Saturday's preseason win at Minnesota.
Analysis: He got the start at tight end with Jack Doyle sitting out. While he didn't show much on offense, he proved he's healthy after missing two weeks of practice due to a knee injury. Doyle looks set to remain the starter and the Colts value Alie-Cox's blocking and in-line work, but Alie-Cox could emerge as a red zone threat due to his height (6-5) and promising hands.
Aug 22, 2021 9:57 AM EST
Alie-Cox (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Analysis: After missing about two weeks of practice, Alie-Cox should have time to prep for an appearance in one or both of the Colts' remaining preseason games. He's competing for snaps in what could be a committee at tight end, with Jack Doyle and rookie Kylen Granson being the main competition for snaps/targets. Alie-Cox produced 394 yards on 39 targets last season, but the Colts seem to value his blocking and in-line work as much or more as his athleticism.
Aug 17, 2021 8:27 AM EST
Alie-Cox missed practice Wednesday with a knee injury, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Analysis: The tight end didn't participate, but he did attend practice as an observer, suggesting the injury isn't too serious. Alie-Cox, Jack Doyle and Kylen Granson are competing for TE snaps, after Doyle and Alie-Cox shared the position with Trey Burton (now a free agent) in 2020. Alie-Cox doesn't have an obvious path to more than three or four targets per game, but he did make a good impression last year with 394 receiving yards on only 39 targets (10.1 YPT).
Aug 4, 2021 11:16 AM EST
Alie-Cox has signed his second-round tender.
Analysis: Cox will return to the Colts on a one-year deal in 2021 as a result of this move. He caught 31 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns as part of a deep tight end room last season but could play a more prominent role alongside Jack Doyle this season with Trey Burton now a free agent.
May 3, 2021 9:34 AM EST
Alie-Cox received a second-round tender from the Colts on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old is a restricted free agent, and the Colts clearly want to retain him for 2021. Alie-Cox caught 31 passes for 394 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games last season. Indianapolis will have the opportunity to match any offer sheet he receives from another team and will receive a second-round pick as compensation should it decline to match a deal.
Mar 16, 2021 7:41 PM EST
Alie-Cox closed out the 2020 season catching 31 of 39 targets for 394 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games.
Analysis: After his third campaign with the Colts, Alie-Cox will be a restricted free agent this offseason on the heels of career highs in receptions, targets and yards. His snap count has steadily increased along the way, but he had to contend with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton for work at tight end. Having said that, Alie-Cox had more receptions than both of his accomplished position mates this year. Burton's contract expires after the season, while Doyle is signed through 2022, so Alie-Cox may only have to vie with the latter for reps next fall, assuming the Colts decide to bring him back.
Jan 18, 2021 1:02 PM EST
Alie-Cox caught his lone target for a 20-yard gain in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Three weeks removed from leading the Colts' tight end room in snaps, Alie-Cox finished as the clear No. 3 with just 23 snaps on offense, behind Jack Doyle (38) and Trey Burton (34). The 27-year-old tight end has produced fewer than 24 receiving yard in seven straight games.
Dec 28, 2020 10:09 AM EST
Alie-Cox (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Alie-Cox has been managing the knee injury for much of the season, but he hasn't been forced to miss a game since Week 6. With Alie-Cox returning to full participation at practice Thursday, he's now on track to be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers. The 27-year-old's playing time and usage in the passing game has been capped for much of the season due to the Colts' three-man timeshare at tight end, but both Alie-Cox and Trey Burton could be in store for expanded roles Week 16 if the quadriceps injury that sidelined Jack Doyle for practice Thursday keeps him out for Sunday's game.
Dec 24, 2020 11:40 AM EST
Alie-Cox (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Alie-Cox's bothersome knee has routinely capped his practice reps in recent weeks, so unless anything changes, he should be able to tough it out Sunday against the Steelers. As usual, he'll be sharing snaps at tight end with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton. Burton didn't practice Wednesday for rest purposes.
Dec 23, 2020 1:23 PM EST
Alie-Cox caught both targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Alie-Cox produced the same exact stat line as Jack Doyle, while Trey Burton caught just one pass for eight yards. The trio of tight ends has just one touchdown over the past four weeks, and none of the players have produced more than 50 yards in a given outing.
Dec 22, 2020 2:58 PM EST
Alie-Cox (knee) is active Week 15 against the Texans.
Analysis: Alie-Cox has been tending to a lingering knee injury that cost him multiple days of practice this week, but it won't stop him from suiting up as the Colts' third active tight end. The problem here is that Alie-Cox was out-snapped and out-targeted by both Jack Doyle and Trey Burton in Week 14, so there's no guarantee he's a notable part of the offensive game plan in this matchup.
Dec 20, 2020 8:40 AM EST
Alie-Cox (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Texans, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Analysis: Coach Frank Reich said Friday that Alie Cox's knee injury -- which has been lingering since October -- has been "nagging more recently." The 27-year-old tight end made his first appearance at practice this week Friday, operating as a limited participant. He'll be monitored closely leading up to game time. Jack Doyle and Trey Burton both have clean bills of health heading into Week 15.
Dec 18, 2020 11:00 AM EST
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