|Team:||Green Bay Packers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 192 lb.|
|College:||San Jose State|
|Born:||October 7, 1993|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 4 (119)|
Ervin signed a one-year, $1.047 million contract with the Packers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Ervin was claimed off waivers from Jacksonville in early December and appeared in the final four regular season games for Green Bay, rushing once for 10 yards and catching two passes for 11 yards while returning six kicks for 160 yards and 11 punts for 106 yards. The Packers' return game was abysmal prior to his arrival, so it's not a major surprise to see the team wanting him back in 2020, likely in a similarly specialized role.
Ervin played in 10 regular-season games -- six with the Jaguars and four with the Packers -- in 2019 and had one carry for 10 yards and two receptions for 11 yards. He worked primarily on special teams and totaled 16 punt returns for 115 yards and 11 kick returns for 267 yards.
Analysis: Ervin was released midway through the season after making little impact with the Jaguars, but things clicked when he joined the Packers, and he provided some juice for a team struggling in the return game. He even ran a few plays on offense for Green Bay after doing almost nothing in that department for nearly two seasons. Ervin will be a free agent this offseason, and his late-season work is sure to earn him a look, either in Green Bay or elsewhere.
Ervin had two carries for 25 yards, one kick return for 12 yards, and one punt return for six yards in Sunday's divisional round win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: Ervin did not record a touch over six games with the Jaguars earlier this season, but he has been used ever so slightly more of offense since joining the Packers, getting the ball five times over four regular-season games and a postseason contest. He will serve as the Packers' primary return man and could again be sprinkled in on offense in next weekend's NFC Championship Game.
Ervin had one carry for 10 yards and one reception for five yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions. He also had four kick returns for 89 yards and two punt returns for 17 yards in the game.
Analysis: Ervin saw his usual work on special teams, and he also played a little more offense in Week 17 with Jamaal Williams (shoulder) inactive. Williams is expected back for the playoffs, so while Ervin could still see a snap on offense here or there if the Packers try to take advantage of his speed, he will likely be limited mainly to special-teams work during the postseason.
Ervin could see added snaps on offense Sunday against the Lions with No. 2 back Jamaal Williams (shoulder) listed as doubtful for the contest, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams has averaged 10.4 touches over his 14 games this season, but rather than tapping a one-for-one replacement for him, coach Matt LaFleur may just choose to lean more heavily on lead back Aaron Jones. Any backfield snaps that don't go to Jones will fall to rookie Dexter Williams or the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Ervin, who has typically operated as more of a gadget option on offense during his time in the NFL with the Texans, Jaguars and Packers. Unless Jones suffers a mid-game injury, however, don't expect Ervin to see enough touches to generate a useful fantasy line.
Ervin had one reception for six yards in Monday's victory over the Vikings.
Analysis: Ervin saw his first work on offense since making his Packers debut in Week 14, and he recorded his first touch when he received a quick pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers on a jet sweep. Ervin will remain a depth option on offense but continue serving as the Packers' primary return man.
Ervin (hand) returned to Sunday's game against the Bears, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Ervin suffered the hand injury on his first punt return of the day, but he was able to return after a brief trip to the locker room. Tramon Williams filled in for one return and is being checked for a concussion, so the Packers' depth at the position remains thin.
Ervin was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bears with a hand injury.
Analysis: Ervin has been a savior for the Packers' punt return, bringing them from negative to positive with 51 return yards in his Packers debut Week 14 against the Redskins. If he's unable to return, Tramon Williams or Chandon Sullivan will take over as the team's punt returner.
Ervin was claimed off waivers by the Packers on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Ervin worked as the Jaguars' primary kick returner through the first half of the season but was a healthy scratch in recent weeks before being waived Saturday. Meanwhile, the Packers have struggled on kick returns and are somehow averaging negative-0.9 yards per punt return this season. Previous returner Tremon Smith was waived Monday by Green Bay, paving the way for Ervin to step into the role.
Ervin was waived by the Jaguars on Saturday, Tad Dickman of the Jaguars' public relations reports.
Analysis: Ervin was let go in order to make room on the roster for returning linebacker Jake Ryan. The 26-year-old played in just six games this season. Assuming he clears waivers, he will now be free to find a new opportunity.
Ervin returned one kick for 20 yards and two punts for six yards in Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Starter Leonard Fournette was the only running back to receive a carry Sunday as the Jaguars continue to heavily rely on their workhorse back. Ervin should remain in his special-teams-heavy role, barring an injury to Fournette or backup Ryquell Armstead.
Ervin returned two kicks for 38 yards in Sunday's 40-26 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Starter Leonard Fournette played all but eight offensive snaps Sunday, with rookie Ryquell Armstead working as his backup with one carry. Ervin was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars from the Ravens last week and should continue in his special-team oriented role if Fournette and Armstead remain healthy.
Jacksonville claimed Ervin off waivers Sunday, Phillip Heilman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Ervin will help to provide depth in Jacksonville's backfield, especially with news breaking Sunday that the team placed Alfred Blue (foot) on injured reserve. Jacksonville also claimed fellow running back Devine Ozigbo off waivers Sunday. Over the last three seasons with Houston, Ervin appeared in 27 games and rushed five times for 15 yards while adding 14 receptions for 91 yards. It seems that rookie Ryquell Armstead will back up starter Leonard Fournette, at least while Blue is absent.
Ervin signed a reserve/futures contract with the Ravens on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Analysis: Ervin spent the last half of the 2018 season on Baltimore's practice squad and he'll now set his sights on an active roster spot in 2019. The young running back appeared in 25 games for Houston over the past three seasons but only had five rushes for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards over that span. He'll have a shot at a depth slot with the Ravens next season.
Ervin and the Ravens have agreed to a practice squad contract.
Analysis: After seeing minor action throughout the season with Houston this season, the team ultimately elected to cut its ties with their 2014 fourth-round selection last week. The Ravens -- who have questionable depth at the position -- didn't waste too much time adding him to the practice squad. Ervin could join the active roster down the road if one of the depth backs underperforms or suffers an injury.
Ervin was waived by the Texans on Wednesday.
Analysis: The 2016 fourth-round pick got some snaps as a slot receiver in October, but he mostly fell out of the game plan on offense after Houston traded for Demaryius Thomas last week. Ervin has five carries for 15 yards and 14 catches for 91 yards in 25 career games, with most of his touches coming in the return game. He never really stood out on special teams, averaging 8.8 yards on 56 punt returns and 21.0 yards on 29 kickoff returns, with nary a touchdown to his name. Ervin is no lock to find work before the end of the season.
Ervin played 10 snaps on offense and did not get a touch or a target in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Ervin had received a bump in playing time the previous two weeks at slot receiver, as Keke Coutee (hamstring) battled injury. With Coutee inactive Sunday, it looked like another opportunity for Ervin, but the Texans tilted heavily to the run -- Houston ran the ball 33 times compared to 24 pass attempts. That game plan meant a lot of two-tight end sets and put a cap on Ervin's appearances on offense.
Ervin is expected to get increased snaps on offense after the Texans declared Keke Coutee (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: When healthy, Coutee serves as the starting slot receiver, but he didn't even make the trip to Denver. Ervin, whose primary responsibility is as a kick and punt returner, was a pass-catching threat in college at San Jose State and played some slot last season for Houston. He filled in for an inactive Coutee last week and entered the previous game when Coutee first suffered the injury. Ervin caught one pass in each game while playing a combined 57 snaps. That's not a great snap-to-target ratio but Houston will be working with a new wideout, Demaryius Thomas, which could lead to more targets for Ervin on Sunday.
Ervin will be the likely replacement at slot receiver if Keke Coutee (hamstring) is unable to play or his limited Sunday against the Broncos, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Houston head coach Bill O'Brien was optimistic about Coutee's chances, telling reporters that he thinks the injured receiver has a chance to play and possibly working him out Saturday to see where he's at. Ervin filled in last week for Coutee, playing a season-high 35 snaps and catching his lone target. The addition of former Bronco Demaryius Thomas is also a factor in how much playing time Ervin sees Sunday.
Ervin is expected to serve as the Texans' primary option at slot receiver Thursday against the Dolphins with Keke Coutee (hamstring) not expected to play, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: After Keke Coutee aggravated a preseason hamstring injury in Sunday's 20-7 win over the Jaguars, it was Ervin rather than depth wideouts Sammie Coates and Vyncint Smith who entered the game as the rookie's main replacement. Though most of Ervin's value to the Texans comes in the return game and as a reserve back, he has receiver experience from his time at San Jose State and looked comfortable while working out of the slot against Jacksonville, reeling in his lone target for a 19-yard reception. It's unlikely that he'll see much volume in Week 8 with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller still on hand to gobble up targets, but Ervin's speed and shiftiness should at least keep the Miami defense honest.
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