Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sun 7/10/22 8:29 AM

Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan prefers resting Mixon on third down rather than early downs, but Callahan did say he'd like to see "maybe a little bit more usage on third down" this season, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Backup Samaje Perine isn't a better pass catcher than Mixon, but Perine did solid work last year, and the Bengals prefer to rest their starter on downs where a run play is unlikely. Coach Zac Taylor noted that more targets for Mixon would mean less for someone else, specifically naming star wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Given that the team still has Perine -- plus another potential passing down back in 2021 sixth-round pick Chris Evans -- it's unlikely this will be the year Mixon gets regular work on third downs. It's been a topic of discussion among fantasy players nearly every season of his career, with some thinking it would happen in 2021 after RB Giovani Bernard ended his eight-year run in Cincinnati. Instead, Mixon found fantasy success with career highs for carries (292), rushing yards (1,205) and touchdowns (16 total), while his mark of 2.6 receptions per game was identical to his career number. Even if he doesn't catch more passes, Mixon has an opportunity to match or exceed his numbers from last year after the Bengals signed three experienced O-line starters (La'el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras) in the offseason.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sun 2/13/22 11:24 PM

Mixon rushed the ball 15 times for 72 yards in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams. He added five receptions for one yard and also threw a six-yard touchdown.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon was effective as a rusher, delivering three gains of at least 10 yards. However, his primary impact came midway through the second quarter when he delivered a six-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins in the back corner of the end zone on a trick play. Mixon posted one of his better games of the postseason and combined to record 160 rushing yards combined between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. He'll return to Cincinnati as the team's lead back for the 2022 season, and it's possible that he'll have more running lanes if the Bengals upgrade their offensive line during the offseason.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sun 1/30/22 7:30 PM

Mixon rushed the ball 21 times for 88 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. He added three receptions for 27 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon was the only running back to get a carry out of Cincinnati's backfield, and he worked fairly effectively on the ground. His longest rush of the day went for 23 yards late in the first quarter and pushed Cincinnati into field-goal range for their first score of the game. Mixon also was a major contributor in the team's game-sealing drive in overtime, as he broke off a 13-yard run to set up a field goal three plays later. He now has topped 100 total yards in consecutive games heading into a Super Bowl matchup against either the Rams or 49ers.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sat 1/22/22 9:19 PM

Mixon rushed the ball 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans. He added six receptions for 51 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon was involved in all aspects of the Bengals' offense, as he accounted for 14 of the team's 18 rushing attempts while also racking up seven targets. He wasn't all that productive on the ground, though he did find the end zone on a 16-yard rush early in the third quarter. Mixon was also far more efficient as a receiver and topped 50 receiving yards for only the second time since Week 9 of the regular season. Though the passing attack has gotten the majority of the attention during Cincinnati's recent run of strong play, Mixon will be a key contributor in the AFC Championship Game.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sat 1/15/22 8:51 PM

Mixon ran for 48 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 28 yards on five targets against Las Vegas on Saturday.
EDGE Analysis
It's a reassuring workload and a reminder that Mixon can take on a high volume of touches depending on the flow of a game, but the Raiders did a good job containing Mixon from scrimmage in this one. The Bengals mostly needed Mixon to run out the clock in the 26-19 victory, and he played that part effectively.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Mon 1/10/22 12:42 PM

The Bengals activated Mixon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon was forced to miss the regular-season finale against Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19, but now that he's cleared league protocols he can officially return to team facilities. Cincinnati's offense thus will have its star running back available in practice leading up to Saturday's wild-card round matchup against the Raiders.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sat 1/8/22 6:55 PM

Mixon remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon, who landed on the list Wednesday, wasn't activated by the Bengals ahead of Week 18 action, so until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols, look for Samaje Perine to head the team's backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Wed 1/5/22 3:50 PM

The Bengals officially placed Mixon (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mixon reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and is not in line to play Sunday against the Browns. Head coach Zac Taylor was less definitive about the matter, noting that Mixon and all the other Bengals players recently placed on the list will have the chance to test out of the protocols before the regular-season finale, according to Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer. That said, the Bengals have already secured a home-field advantage for the wild-card round of the playoffs and will need a number of scenarios to work in their favor to move up to the No. 1 seed, so Mixon will more than likely be limited if he clears the protocols before Sunday, if he even dresses for the contest at all. Assuming that's the case, Samaje Perine would be in line to head the Bengals' Week 18 backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Wed 1/5/22 10:51 AM

Mixon (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Bengals haven't yet officially confirmed Schefter's report, but assuming the test result is confirmed, look for Mixon to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Wednesday. Mixon will have the ability to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 protocol prior to Sunday, but since he'll miss some practice time at a minimum, he'll more than likely be out for the regular-season finale, especially with Cincinnati having already clinched a playoff berth. Samaje Perine will stand to inherit the lead role in Cincinnati's backfield if Mixon is indeed ruled out for Week 18, while Chris Evans would also handle a larger role as a change-of-pace option.

Joe Mixon
RB CIN (10)
Sun 1/2/22 5:14 PM

Mixon rushed 12 times for 46 yards while catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over Kansas City.
EDGE Analysis
Mixon put forth a workmanlike effort, racking up 86 scrimmage yards despite none of his 19 touches going for more than 15 yards. He was stuffed from the Chiefs' one-yard line on the Bengals' final drive, but that proved to be a blessing in disguise for Cincinnati, as a subsequent penalty on the defense allowed the Bengals to run out the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal. Mixon has at least 18 touches in each of his last nine games heading into the season finale in Cleveland.