Erickson caught his only target for eight yards, rushed once for two yards and returned two punts for 19 yards during Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.
The 28-year-old played only five offensive snaps, which is still the most playing time he's seen since Week 4. Erickson is buried on Cincinnati's depth chart at wide receiver, and his primary role continues to be in the return game.
Erickson fielded one offensive snap and five special-teams snaps during Sunday's 31-20 upset of Tennessee, but he registered no touches in either department.
Erickson remains situated as the Bengals' top punt returner, though he hasn't been afforded a single opportunity to bring one back over the past three weeks. On 10 returns this season, Erickson's 9.3 yards-per-attempt average ranks right up there with the best in the league, as the veteran currently sits sixth in the NFL in that category. Erickson's offensive role has been practically nonexistent, however, as he has just one catch this season after racking up a career-best 43 during a 2-14 campaign for Cincinnati last year.
Erickson collected 29 yards on two punt return attempts during Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.
The special-teams ace received four snaps for the Bengals' offense without registering a target, but he made his presence felt in the return game. Erickson was able to take back a Ty Long punt for a 22-yard return at the 7:53 mark of the third quarter, helping to set up Randy Bullock with a 43-yard field goal that put Cincinnati ahead by seven points for the time being. Though Erickson boasts strong averages for his career -- 24.8 yards per kick return and 7.6 yards per punt return -- he remains without a special-teams touchdown on 219 attempts.
Erickson notched a 16-yard reception across four targets in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Browns. He finished the season with 43 catches for 529 yards and zero touchdowns to go along with 157 punt return yards.
Erickson will be a free agent this upcoming offseason, and it's uncertain whether the Bengals intend to re-sign him. He lost the primary kick-return duties this season, so his utility to the team has diminished despite being more active on offense.
Erickson had six catches for 55 yards on nine targets in Sunday's loss to Miami. He also had 43 yards on punt returns.
Erickson has ended up seeing a lot of work lately as the Bengals' No. 3 receiver, and this was his second-highest target total of the year. The Bengals had to throw constantly in the second half just to force overtime, where they ultimately fell short.
Erickson lost a fumble on a punt return right before halftime in Sunday's loss to the Pats.
Erickson's fumble helped the Pats regain the lead, one that they would not relinquish. It was an overall disappointing day for Erickson, whose offensive contributions amounted to one catch for six yards on five targets.
Erickson is expected to have a regular role in three-receiver sets Sunday against the Patriots with A.J. Green (ankle) ruled out for the contest and Auden Tate (knee) recently moving to injured reserve, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
As Dragon notes, Green hasn't practiced since Nov. 4, so there's a real chance the star wideout remains sidelined for Weeks 16 and 17 as well. The absences of Green and Tate will open up snaps for Erickson alongside Tyler Boyd and John Ross, with the Wisconsin product likely to do most of his damage as a short-yardage target out of the slot. Erickson played 80 percent of the offensive snaps -- his second-highest rate of the season -- in the Bengals' Week 14 loss in Cleveland, finishing with five catches for 45 yards on seven targets.
Erickson caught five of seven targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 27-19 loss to the Browns.
Erickson led the team in targets and tied for first in receptions, but he was mostly limited to short gains and finished with modest yardage. He's seen 17 targets over the last three games, but that has translated into just nine catches for 109 receiving yards. Despite his involvement, Erickson carries little fantasy value and this should remain the case next Sunday against the Patriots.
Erickson caught both his targets for 21 yards and returned three punts for six yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.
Erickson saw eight targets last week versus the Steelers but wasn't nearly as involved with Andy Dalton back at quarterback, despite playing a similar number of offensive snaps. The 27-year-old posted 14 catches for 234 yards in Weeks 7 and 8, but across the last four games he has only five receptions for 64 yards. Erickson's fantasy potential remains limited while Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate are healthy.
Erickson caught two of his eight targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.
Erickson finished second on the team in targets, but he struggled time and again to connect with Ryan Finley. He did make a flashy 30-yard gain at one point but was otherwise held in check. This was certainly an improvement over his last two games, during which he caught one of seven targets for zero yards, but it's tough to endorse Erickson's fantasy value for next week's matchup with the Jets.
Erickson had one catch for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley really struggled despite a matchup that appeared to be advantageous, and that really manifested itself with the production of the Bengals' wide receivers. Both Erickson and Tyler Boyd essentially were shut out.
Erickson (back) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Oakland.
Erickson returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant before upgrading to a full session Friday. He should have at least one or two more weeks with a top-three role in Zac Taylor's three-wide-heavy offense, as A.J. Green (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game after sitting out every practice this week. Erickson's four games with snap shares above 50 percent have yielded 18 catches for 281 yards on 29 targets, though most of that production came with Andy Dalton playing quarterback rather than Ryan Finey. There's also some chance for rookie Stanley Morgan to take away a slice of the snaps and targets that have been going to Erickson and Auden Tate.
Erickson (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
After Erickson sat out Wednesday's practice with the issue, this represents an upgrade. Friday will go a long way to determining the 27-year-old's status for gameday. Stanley Morgan would likely receive more snaps if Erickson is forced to sit.
Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Erickson is considered day-to-day due to a back injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Taylor also said that Erickson won't participate in live drills Wednesday, putting the wideout on track for a non-participation listing on the Bengals' first practice report of Week 11. Erickson will have two more chances to practice ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Raiders. With John Ross (shoulder) having been designated to return from injured reserve and A.J. Green (ankle) working toward a potential return, Erickson could end up taking a back seat in Cincinnati's aerial attack down the stretch.
Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said Erickson's snaps were limited during Sunday's loss to Baltimore due to an undisclosed injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Erickson failed to bring in either of the two targets he saw over 38 snaps before leaving the game. Rookie Stanley Morgan saw a career high in playing time as a result of Erickson's absence, but he was only able to catch one of four targets for nine yards on an identical 38 offensive snaps. Erickson's participation in practice this week will be telling for his availability for Sunday's game in Oakland. If he's unable to go, Morgan again figures to take on an expanded role.
Erickson caught six of seven targets for 97 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Rams.
Erickson was bottled up for much of the afternoon before slipping past the defense for a 52-yard reception during the final minute of the game. It was Erickson's second catch for at least 45 yards in as many games after no such receptions in his first three-plus seasons in the league. There's little to look forward to for the Bengals this season, but Erickson seems to be turning up the heat, averaging seven touches and 98.7 total yards in his last three games. Next up, after the bye, is a Baltimore defense that surrendered 64 total yards to Erickson in Week 6.
Erickson caught eight of 14 targets for 137 yards and lost two yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Jacksonville.
Erickson had six catches for 110 yards before any other Bengal caught a single pass, and his 14 targets ultimately tied with Tyler Boyd for the team lead. His two rushing attempts yielded wildly different results, as one resulted in a nine-yard gain and the other lost 11. Considering Erickson hadn't previously topped 50 receiving yards in a game this season, his involvement in the offense is likely to drop precipitously against the Rams in Week 8.
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.
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