Erickson caught four of six targets for 47 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Ravens.
A special-teams ace by trade, Erickson has seen an uptick in his offensive involvement lately with injuries to A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (shoulder). Against Baltimore, Erickson garnered six-plus targets for just the third time in Cincinnati's past 36 regular-season games, while his 47 yards were his most since Week 17 of last year. Up next, he and the Bengals receiving corps will be going up against a Jaguars defense that allowed only Michael Thomas to exceed 40 receiving yards Sunday.
Erickson (concussion) is not listed on Friday's injury report, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Erickson has managed to clear the league's concussion protocol in time to suit up Sunday versus Baltimore. He's primed to play a regular role in Cincinnati's receiving corps behind Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.
Erickson (concussion) put in a full practice Thursday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
While Erickson's upgrade from limited participation Wednesday to a full showing one day later amounts to a step forward, he'll still need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before being removed from the concussion protocol. If that happens before Sunday's game in Baltimore, Erickson should reclaim a regular spot in three-receiver sets alongside Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.
Erickson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol as of Wednesday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
On the plus side, coach Zac Taylor relayed that Erickson is making progress, but the receiver's status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is unclear at this stage. With A.J. Green (ankle) still out and John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve, Erickson -- if available -- would be in line for his share of snaps in Week 6 alongside starters Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.
Erickson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a concussion.
With Erickson sidelined, Stanley Morgan figures to see added snaps Sunday, in tandem with fellow receivers Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.
Coach Zac Taylor said Erickson would serve as a starting receiver alongside Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Erickson will be in store for a spike in snaps after the Bengals placed John Ross (shoulder) on injured reserve earlier this week. Though he'll draw a favorable matchup against a weak Arizona secondary in his seventh NFL start, Erickson is still unlikely to rank as much more than a tertiary option in the passing game with the Bengals expected to pepper Boyd with targets in the slot. Additionally, the likes of Tate, tight end Tyler Eifert and running backs Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard may also remain higher-priority looks for quarterback Andy Dalton.
Erickson caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Bills.
Erickson only played seven of 61 possible offensive snaps in this contest. He's most effective as a punt returner -- he has 42 return yards this year -- but he lost the kick returner job to Darius Phillips this season.
Erickson had one catch for 14 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to the Niners.
Andy Dalton had a chance to connect on a big play with Erickson on a third down in the second quarter, but instead of throwing deep to the corner, where Erickson had his man beat, he instead threw a back-shoulder pass that fell incomplete, leading later to a missed field goal.
Erickson had four catches for 28 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He also had 34 yards in punt returns, but lost a fumble on one of those returns.
Erickson was only on the field for 11 offensive snaps Sunday, putting him fourth in line among Bengals wideouts, most notably behind Damion Willis.
Erickson hauled in three catches for 15 yards in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday. However, he made his biggest impact with a 75-yard touchdown on a punt return.
Erickson recorded the game's final score with a long punt return, initially streaking down the right sideline prior to cutting into the middle of the field to reach the end zone. He made his biggest impact with the offensive unit early in the second quarter, when he caught a 12-yard pass over the middle from Ryan Finley to convert on third-down. Erickson is set to primarily contribute as both a kick and punt returner, though he could be in line for some role with the offense while A.J. Green (ankle) is sidelined.
Erickson received added work with the first-team offense in spring workouts due to injuries to A.J. Green (toe) and John Ross (undisclosed), Michael LaPlaca of the Bengals' official site reports.
Already valued for his prowess on kick and punt returns, Erickson seems to be making a case for an expanded role on offense. Whether the Wisconsin product actually improves upon the career-high 362 offensive reps he logged in 2018 is no sure thing, but his chances of doing so are aided by the fact that the receivers above him on the depth chart (Green, Tyler Boyd and Ross) have missed 37 combined games over the past three seasons. Meanwhile, Erickson has been a picture of health since entering the league in 2016, having never missed a contest in three seasons. Erickson caught 20 of 29 targets for 167 yards and no touchdowns in 2018, with his best performance coming in Week 17 against the Steelers (six receptions for 63 yards on six targets).
Erickson had six catches for 63 yards in the Bengals' loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He also had 87 kick return yards.
Erickson's output represented two-thirds of the passing offense for the game, unfortunately. He finished the season with 20 catches for 167 yards, with the vast majority of that production coming in the final three weeks after injuries sidelined both Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green. If he returns next season, most of his production will remain on special teams.
Erickson caught both of his targets, accumulating 35 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Browns.
The third-year man out of Wisconsin has 58 receiving yards over the past two weeks, more than he's racked up in any two-game span since Weeks 11 and 12 of last season. Usually a full-time special teams ace, Erickson has garnered seven targets in the past two games, a vast increase compared to his typical passing game involvement (1.5 targets per contest entering Sunday). Erickson also had a 33-yard kick return Sunday that helped spark Cincinnati's first scoring drive of the afternoon (a field goal to cut the deficit to 23-3). If Erickson continues to garner attention in the passing game with A.J. Green (foot) on injured reserve, it will come against a Pittsburgh defense that ranks 13th against the pass (237 yards allowed per game).
Erickson caught three of five targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 30-14 win over the Raiders.
Erickson experienced an uptick in usage after teammate Tyler Boyd exited the game with a knee injury. He tied for the team lead in targets, equaling his season high in catches while finishing one yard shy of his personal best in that category. Erickson could see more targets next week against the Browns if Boyd is forced to miss out, but the latter downplayed the severity of his injury after the game.
Erickson had a 14-yard run during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Chargers.
The 14 total yards were the most Erickson has picked up since Week 5. The Wisconsin product has been targeted just twice, gaining two receiving yards, over his past five games. Cincinnati is bottoming out with seven losses in the last eight games, the past two with backup Jeff Driskel at quarterback. A rebound is unlikely against a Raiders defense ranked in the top half of the league in passing, surrendering just 253 yards per game.
Erickson had one catch on his lone target for two yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
Erickson barely saw the field when the Bengals had the ball, seeing just five snaps on offense.
Erickson didn't have any catches in Sunday's loss to the Ravens and was targeted just once.
For a while, it appeared that Erickson had an opportunity to get more targets with A.J. Green out, but instead, those targets have flowed elsewhere. Erickson was on the field for only nine offensive snaps.
Erickson was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's loss to the Saints. He did have five kick returns for 110 yards.
There was some speculation that Erickson might be more active in the passing game with A.J. Green out, but it didn't work out that way, though the Bengals ran hardly any plays in the blowout loss.
Erickson was held to one catch for five yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Bucs. He was on the field for 50 offensive snaps.
Erickson picked up a start in place of the injured John Ross, but instead of lining up in the slot he was outside more often, leaving Tyler Boyd to carve up the Bucs from the slot instead.
Erickson will draw the start in the slot Week 8 against Tampa Bay, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Erickson is typically better known for his role on special teams as a return man, as he has yet to surpass three targets in a single game this season. With John Ross (groin) inactive, however, he'll draw the start and could see added looks behind the likes of top receiving options A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. Even with a very favorable matchup -- Tampa Bay allows the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers in PPR formats -- Erickson is a bit of a risky fantasy play.
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