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Top Alex Erickson News

  • Alex Erickson: Joins Chargers' practice squad

    Erickson was signed to the Chargers' practice squad Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Erickson was a preseason standout for the Jets but was unable to make it on their final 53-man roster. He spent his first six seasons with the Bengals before spending the majority of 2022 on Washington's practice squad. The Wisconsin product will now look to adapt in Los Angeles and work to make an impression at practice.

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  • Alex Erickson: Cut by Jets

    Erickson was released by the Jets on Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    Erickson had an impressive preseason in New York, which included two touchdown receptions in the exhibition finale. Still, it was not enough to make it through final cuts and onto the 53-man roster. The veteran pass catcher figures to have suitors elsewhere if he does not end up on the Jets' practice squad.

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  • Jets' Alex Erickson: Two TDs in preseason finale

    Erickson caught all five of his targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 32-24 preseason win over the Giants. He also had a six-yard punt return.

    Erickson will likely end up as either one of New York's final cuts at wide receiver or just sneak onto the roster when the Jets trim the team to 53 players Tuesday. He did all he could to bolster the chances of the latter outcome in the preseason finale, catching every pass thrown his way while getting into the end zone twice. Both of Erickson's touchdowns were thrown by third-string quarterback Tim Boyle.

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  • Jets' Alex Erickson: Chances of making team get boost

    Erickson received reps with the starters in practice Wednesday and has a chance to secure a roster spot with the Jets following Corey Davis' announcement that he's stepping away from football, Rich Cimini of reports.

    With Davis out of the picture, the Jets will have one or possibly two open roster spots at wide receiver behind Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard (undisclosed), Mecole Hardman and Randall Cobb. Erickson is competing for those openings against undrafted rookies Jason Brownlee and Xavier Gipson. Given the 30-year-old's edge in experience and his ability to contribute in the return game on special teams, Erickson likely has an inside track on making the team.

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  • Jets' Alex Erickson: Shows off speed in preseason opener

    Erickson caught one of two targets for 19 yards and returned two punts for 45 yards in Thursday's 21-16 preseason loss to Cleveland.

    Erickson's catch came in the two-minute drill in the first half, and he provided a fourth-quarter spark by breaking off a 36-yard punt return. The 30-year-old wide receiver's ability to contribute on special teams has him in contention for a spot on the back end of New York's 53-man roster, though he's still fighting an uphill battle in that regard heading into the team's second preseason game, Aug. 12 against the Panthers.

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  • Jets' Alex Erickson: Finds home with Jets

    Erickson signed with the Jets on Thursday.

    Erickson spent the 2022 season with the Commanders, though he appeared in only two games. He has served primarily on special teams across the last few campaigns, and his best chance to make the team could come as a kick or punt returner.

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  • Alex Erickson: Released by Washington

    The Commanders released Erickson on Friday.

    Erickson made just two appearances, exclusively on special teams, for the Commanders in 2022 and signed a reserve/futures contract at the end of the campaign. However, he's been let go following a wave of undrafted free agent signings and will head into the summer as a free agent. The Wisconsin product is mostly known for his return prowess, as he's topped 200 receiving yards just once (2019) in his seven-year career.

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  • Commanders' Alex Erickson: Inks futures contract

    The Commanders signed Erickson to a reserve/future contract Monday.

    The undrafted product out of Wisconsin made two appearances for the Commanders this season, operating exclusively on special teams. The veteran wideout caught 43 passes for 529 yards across 16 appearances with Cincinnati in 2019, but he's mostly known for his abilities as a return man. With his new contract, he'll have a chance to compete for a roster spot heading into next year's training camp.

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  • Alex Erickson: Back on practice squad

    Erickson reverted to the Commanders' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

    Erickson served as the team's punt returner with Dax Milne (foot) out against the Giants on Sunday, gaining 26 yards on four returns. With Washington now on a bye week and Milne therefore getting extra time to recover, it's unclear whether Erickson will need to be called upon again Week 15 in a rematch with the Giants.

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  • Commanders' Alex Erickson: Elevated from practice squad

    Erickson was elevated to the active roster Saturday.

    Erickson was called up to the active roster for the second straight week ahead of Sunday's game against the Giants. The 30-year-old receiver is expected to handle punt return duties with regular returner Dax Milne (foot) out once again.

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  • Alex Erickson: Shifts back to practice squad

    Erickson reverted to the Commanders' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

    Erickson was elevated to the active roster and served as Washington's primary punt returner with Dax Milne (foot) inactive Sunday versus the Falcons. However, the practice-squad wideout would up with just two fair catches and no punt returns over his three special-teams snaps. Erickson also did not see any work on offense while running back Antonio Gibson handled kick-return duties Week 12. The 30-year-old receiver will now be eligible for two more elevations while with the Commanders' practice squad this season, and he could serve a similar role on special teams if Milne remains sidelined versus the Giants next Sunday.

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  • Commanders' Alex Erickson: Set to take over punt-return duties

    The Commanders elevated Erickson from their practice squad to their active roster Saturday, Zach Selby of the team's official site reports.

    Washington needs a kick returner with Dax Milne (foot) ruled out Sunday against Atlanta, and Erickson's elevation could have him taking over punt returns, per Sam Fortier of The Washington Post. This is Erickson's first elevation of the campaign after handling both kickoff and punt returns while playing a minimal role on offense for Carolina last season.

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  • Alex Erickson: Joins Washington's practice squad

    The Commanders signed Erickson to their practice squad Wednesday.

    Erickson was released by Washington ahead of Tuesday's 53-man roster deadline but has returned to the team via the practice squad. The 29-year-old wideout has plenty of experience as a receiver and return specialist at the NFL level, so he should be a prime candidate to be elevated on a weekly basis.

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  • Alex Erickson: Released by Commanders

    Erickson was released by the Commanders on Tuesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

    Erickson is the odd-man out at wide receiver after the Commanders cut down their roster Tuesday. The 29-year-old has a great amount of experience at both wide receiver and return specialist, making him a likely candidate to get picked up by another squad this season.

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  • Commanders' Alex Erickson: Shining this preseason

    Erickson caught each of his three targets for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to Kansas City, leading the Commanders in receiving yards for a second straight week.

    Erickson has five catches for 90 yards on six targets, but he's been less successful in the return game and faces new competition there with RB Antonio Gibson now in the mix on special teams. Erickson, Dax Milne, Cam Sims and Dyami Brown are competing for what likely will be two or three roster spots at wide receiver, with special teams a big part of the equation. Washington's top three to start the season appears set with Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel.

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  • Commanders' Alex Erickson: Signs with Washington

    The Commanders signed Erickson on Wednesday.

    Erickson caught just three of four targets for 55 yards across 17 appearances with the Panthers last season, but he has proven to be a reliable punt returner during his first six NFL seasons. Washington also has Dax Milne and Curtis Samuel (hamstring) as potential punt-return options to replace DeAndre Carter, who signed with the Chargers this offseason. However, Erickson has the most experience, which will likely make him the favorite to win the gig heading into training camp.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Argyle, WI
Age: 30
School: Wisconsin
Experience: 7