Alex Erickson

Texans To Sign WRs Donte Moncrief, Alex Erickson

Donte Moncrief is joining the Texans. NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reports (via Twitter) that the free agent wideout is signing a one-year deal with Houston.

Moncrief spent the first four seasons of his career with the Colts, including a 2015 campaign where he hauled in a career-high 733 yards. Since leaving for the Jaguars in 2018, the veteran has spent time with five different organizations.

He joined the Jets right before the start of the 2020 season, but he was released in October without having appeared in a game with the team. He ended up getting picked up by the Patriots, and he proceeded to appear in six games for New England, compiling 19 yards from scrimmage.

While there’s uncertainty surrounding who will be under center for the Texans, the team could have a similar grouping of receivers in 2021. Other than Will Fuller, the Texans are likely to return Brandin Cooks, Randall Cobb and Keke Coutee.

Moncrief isn’t the only wideout who’s joining the Texans on a one-year deal. Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reports (via Twitter) that the team is also signing Alex Erickson. The 28-year-old had spent his entire career with the Bengals, including a 2020 campaign where he had 12 receptions for 139 yards. Erickson also has extensive experience as a return man, having returned 135 punts and 108 kickoffs.

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AFC Notes: Henderson, Broncos, Bengals, Erickson, Texans, Foreman

Carlos Henderson’s Broncos career got off to a bad start and never recovered. First, he missed his entire rookie season with a hand injury. Then he was arrested, which ultimately resulted in a one game suspension for the young receiver. Then Denver drafted two more receivers in this year’s draft.

On top of it all, Henderson was away from the Broncos most of this offseason due to a personal issue. All of it resulted in the Broncos cutting Henderson, the 82nd pick of the 2017 draft, before he ever played a snap with the team. But Denver isn’t giving up on him yet, signing Henderson to their practice squad. Henderson reportedly met with John Elway just before cut-down day to plead his case, and after that the team agreed to give him another chance according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

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Bengals Extend WR Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson is sticking around Cincinnati through the 2020 season. Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (via Twitter) that the Bengals have signed the wideout/returner to a two-year extension.

The former undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin joined the Bengals as a rookie back in 2016. He’s served mostly as a special teamer during his first two seasons in the league, returning 61 kicks (24.1-yard average) and 67 punts (7.1-yard average).

While his averages aren’t bad, the 25-year-old has compiled a dreadful 10 fumbles in two years, including seven while returning punts. Still, the Bengals continue to go back to him as a returner, as he’s slotted in as both the punt and kick returner in 2018.

Perhaps the team sees Erickson eventually working his way into an offensive role. He showed improvements last season, hauling in 12 catches for 180 yards and one touchdown. He also added another five carries for 16 yards. He’s currently listed as the fifth wideout behind A.J. Green, John Ross, Josh Malone, and Tyler Boyd.

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Bengals Announce 13 UDFA Signings

The Bengals formally announced their undrafted free agent signings this morning, tweeting out a list of 13 new rookie additions to their roster. After splitting their draft class fairly evenly between offensive and defensive players, the Bengals’ group of UDFAs leans more toward offense, with only four defenders among them. Here’s the full list: