Former Wisconsin receiver Alex Erickson is used to beating the odds. He did so again this weekend.
Not surprisingly, Alex Erickson (Darlington High School) has been told he officially made Cincinnati Bengals roster. #wisfb
— Travis Wilson (@travisWSN) September 2, 2016
“I think Alex earned a spot. He earned the opportunity for that spot,” Bengals special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons told ESPN. “Not that Brandon (Tate) lost it, but I think Alex earned that spot with his playmaking ability.”
Erickson, a 6-foot wideout, went from a walk-on at Wisconsin to an all-Big Ten performer in 2015. He was the Badgers’ leading receiver in both the 2014 and 2015, combining for 1,750 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
The 23-year-old has had an impressive preseason, both as a pass-catcher and in the return game, as evidenced here.
Cincinnati announced earlier this week the release of veteran kick returner Brandon Tate, ostensibly opening a spot for Erickson.