Alie-Cox has signed his second-round tender. 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.
Alie-Cox received a second-round tender from the Colts on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. 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. Any interested team would need to give up a second-round pick in order to sign Alie-Cox to an offer sheet, so he's likely to remain in Indianapolis.
Alie-Cox closed out the 2020 season catching 31 of 39 targets for 394 yards and two touchdowns through 15 games. 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.
Alie-Cox caught his lone target for a 20-yard gain in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers. 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 yards in seven straight games.
Alie-Cox (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||Los Angeles Rams||8||6.33|
|7||10/24||@San Francisco 49ers||1||4.50|
|9||11/04||New York Jets||32||11.25|
|12||11/28||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||21||7.80|
|15||12/19||New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|17||01/02||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||21||15||207||1||10||13.80||26|