Alie-Cox agreed Monday to re-sign with the Colts on a three-year, $18 million deal, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 267-pound Alie-Cox has proven not only to be a serviceable blocker since joining the Colts as an undrafted rookie in 2017, but he's also used his big frame and athleticism to become a reliable threat in the red zone. After coming to terms with Indianapolis on a new deal, Alie-Cox now appears set to move into an expanded role following the retirement of starting tight end Jack Doyle. Despite playing fewer than 70 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in all but two his 17 appearances in 2021, Alie-Cox turned in a 24-316-4 receiving line on 45 targets. With increased playing time likely on tap in 2022, Alie-Cox could emerge as a viable weekly starter at tight end in fantasy leagues.
Mar 14, 2022 1:10 PM EST
Alie-Cox had two receptions for 27 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.
Analysis: Alie-Cox had 24 receptions for 316 yards and four touchdowns while playing all 17 games. It looked like Alie-Cox was going to become a large factor in the offense, but he had just four receptions in a seven-game stretch in the middle of the season. He's set to become a free agent and could have a larger role if re-signed if Jack Doyle retires.
Jan 11, 2022 12:20 PM EST
Alie-Cox recorded three receptions on five targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: Alie-Cox matched his highest target total of the season, though he wasn't able to deliver major production with the opportunity. He did manage a pair of double-digit gains that went for 17 and 10 yards. Though Jack Doyle was active after dealing with ankle and knee issues throughout the week, he may have suited up at less than full strength. If that remains the case for a Week 18 matchup against Jacksonville, Alie-Cox could maintain some increased volume.
Jan 2, 2022 8:53 PM EST
Alie-Cox caught two of his four targets for 42 yards during Saturday's 22-16 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) played just two offensive snaps before leaving the game with a pair of injuries. His absence opened the door for Alie-Cox to record his most receptions since Week 7 and his most receiving yards since Week 5. If Doyle is unable to play in Week 17, then Alie-Cox could be a viable streaming option against the Raiders on Sunday.
Dec 27, 2021 12:03 PM EST
Alie-Cox catch his only target for zero yards during Sunday's 31-0 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Over his last four games, Alie-Cox has recorded three catches for just 14 yards. Jack Doyle appears to have a firm grasp on the No. 1 tight end spot in Indianapolis, so it may be difficult for Alie-Cox to make himself fantasy relevant again this season.
Dec 6, 2021 4:29 PM EST
Alie-Cox secured one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Alie-Cox had recorded double-digit receiving yards in seven of his first nine appearances of the season, but he's been more limited behind Jack Doyle recently. Across his last three appearances, he's hauled in two of five targets for 14 yards.
Nov 29, 2021 9:33 AM EST
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
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