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.
Alie-Cox (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Alie-Cox's bothersome knee has routinely capped his practice reps in recent weeks, but unless he's dealing with a setback, he should be able to suit up Sunday against the Steelers. If that's the case, he'll likely be sharing snaps at tight end with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton.
Alie-Cox caught both targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.
Alie-Cox produced the same exact stat line as Jack Doyle, while Trey Burton caught just one pass for eight yards. The trio of tight ends has just one touchdown over the past four weeks, and none of the players have produced more than 50 yards in a given outing.
Alie-Cox (knee) is active Week 15 against the Texans.
Alie-Cox has been tending to a lingering knee injury that cost him multiple days of practice this week, but it won't stop him from suiting up as the Colts' third active tight end. The problem here is that Alie-Cox was out-snapped and out-targeted by both Jack Doyle and Trey Burton in Week 14, so there's no guarantee he's a notable part of the offensive game plan in this matchup.
Alie-Cox (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Texans, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Coach Frank Reich said Friday that Alie Cox's knee injury -- which has been lingering since October -- has been "nagging more recently." The 27-year-old tight end made his first appearance at practice this week on Friday, turning in a limited session. He'll likely be monitored closely leading up to game time. Meanwhile, position mates Jack Doyle and Trey Burton both have clean bills of health heading into the Week 15 matchup.
Alie-Cox (knee) missed a second consecutive practice session Thursday, Kevin Bowen of 93.5 the Fan reports.
The VCU standout banged up his knee during Indianapolis' Week 14 triumph over the Raiders. Though he was ultimately able to return and round out his workload at 20 offensive snaps, back-to-back practice DNPs shed doubt on the likelihood of Alie-Cox suiting up Sunday against the Texans. An output of eight combined receptions for 161 yards and one TD between Weeks 2 and 3 caught the eye of deep-league fantasy managers, but Alie-Cox has not exceeded 45 receiving yards in a game since that point.
Alie-Cox (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Alie-Cox missed part of last week's win over the Raiders after hurting his knee in the first quarter, but he later returned to the contest. Fellow tight end Trey Burton also missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, so Jack Doyle could enjoy some breathing room in the normally crowded Colts tight end rotation if either or both of Alie-Cox and Burton is unable to play Sunday against the Texans.
Alie-Cox (knee) returned to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
After leaving in the first quarter, Alie-Cox returned late in the second quarter and immediately caught a nine-yard screen pass.
Alie-Cox was forced out of Sunday's game versus the Raiders with a knee injury, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Alie-Cox exited in the first quarter. Jack Doyle and Trey Burton should handle additional reps for the time being.
Alie-Cox caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.
Alie-Cox out-snapped both Jack Doyle and Trey Burton for a second straight week, logging 44 snaps on offense (64 percent). That hasn't translated into much production though. In fact, he hasn't caught more than three passes or produced more than 50 yards in a game since his Week 2 breakout against the Vikings, when he posted a 5-111-0 line. His usage sets him on the right track, but it's often Burton who gets the looks in the red zone.
Alie-Cox had two receptions for 19 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Alie-Cox was out there for 38 of the offense's 74 snaps. He played the most snaps among the Indy tight ends, but he had fewer targets than Trey Burton (three receptions on six targets, including a touchdown). The Indy passing game utilizes all three tight ends, so Alie-Cox isn't going to get many receptions per week, and Burton has overtaken him as a red-zone target.
Alie-Cox had two receptions for 16 yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
Alie-Cox played on 43 of the offense's 84 snaps. Meanwhile, Trey Burton played on 24 snaps and Jack Doyle played on 45 snaps. Alie-Cox went out on 17 routes, which led the tight ends. However, it's hard to depend on any of the trio's production with all three active in the passing game.
Alie-Cox (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Though Alie-Cox didn't take part in Friday's practice, the fact that he's not even being listed as questionable for Sunday's game suggests his lack of activity to conclude the week was merely for maintenance purposes. Alie-Cox has seen an uptick in work over the past three weeks, playing between 42 and 66 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in those contests while hauling in nine of 11 targets for 99 yards. He could see his playing time tail off Week 11, however, as the Colts may have another tight end in Jack Doyle available if he can clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff.
Alie-Cox (knee) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday.
Alie-Cox has been playing through the knee injury for a few weeks now, so he's likely on track to play in Sunday's game against the Packers, barring a setback. If Jack Doyle (concussion) remains out, Alie-Cox should continue to split reps at tight end with Trey Burton.
Alie-Cox had three receptions for 19 yards on four targets in Thursday's win over Tennessee.
Alie-Cox actually played more snaps on offense (46) than starter Trey Burton (37) and went on more routes (24 for Alie-Cox, 19 for Burton). However, neither tight end was a focus of the offense even with Jack Doyle out with a concussion.
Alie-Cox (knee) is listed as active Thursday at Tennessee.
A knee issue has plagued Alie-Cox for exactly one month, resulting in one absence Week 6. Otherwise, he's suited up in both of the Colts' last two games en route to six catches (on seven targets) for 80 yards. Alie-Cox may benefit from the team listing Jack Doyle (concussion) as inactive, but he'll still have to contend with Trey Burton for looks from Philip Rivers.
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|2||Sun 09/20||vs MIN||W 28-11||5||111||22.2||33||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs NYJ||W 36-7||3||50||16.7||45||1|
|4||Sun 10/04||@ CHI||W 19-11||1||13||13.0||13||1|
|5||Sun 10/11||@ CLE||L 23-32||0||0||-||0||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||@ DET||W 41-21||3||37||12.3||15||0|
|9||Sun 11/08||vs BAL||L 10-24||3||43||14.3||21||0|
|10||Thu 11/12||@ TEN||W 34-17||3||19||6.3||11||0|
|11||Sun 11/22||vs GB||W 34-31||2||16||8.0||8||0|
|12||Sun 11/29||vs TEN||L 26-45||2||19||9.5||11||0|
|13||Sun 12/06||@ HOU||W 26-20||3||23||7.7||17||0|
|14||Sun 12/13||@ LV||W 44-27||1||9||9.0||9||0|
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|18||Sat 01/09||@ BUF||L 24-27||4||32||8.0||16||0|
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