WR Andre Caldwell - Free Agent

6-0, 204Born: 4-15-1985College: FloridaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2008

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2015 Week 20 vs NE (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Caldwell saw very little use on the day and was only on the field for 11 offensive snaps. He caught one ball down the middle out of a bunch formation to the right of Manning and the catch was good for a first down.

2014 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

With Wes Welker out, Andre Caldwell was officially named a starter, although he was not on the field for Denver's first play as they opened in a 2-TE set. That wound up being a theme for the night, as Denver's offense was split pretty evenly between sets featuring 1 tight end and 3 wide receivers and sets featuring 2 tight ends and 2 wide receivers. Andre Caldwell mostly served as an outlet should the defense devote too much attention to Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, or Emmanuel Sanders. Caldwell converted a pair of first downs, but also had a costly drop on 2nd-and-19 that stalled out a drive to begin the second half.

2013 Week 1 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 28 / 1 rec)

Andre Caldwell only played three snaps, but he certainly made the most of them. When a 34-yard catch and run left Demaryius Thomas winded, Caldwell came in for him and caught a touchdown two plays later. His playing time remains limited, but Caldwell demonstrated that he's capable of backing up all three receiver positions, and that Manning has no problem looking his way when he's on the field.

2013 Week 15 vs SD (10 / 6 / 59 / 2 rec)

Originally not a large part of the offensive game play, Denver saw how San Diego was defending Andre Caldwell and decided to feature him more as the game went on. With Decker spending time in the slot, Caldwell received plenty of snaps as the backup outside receiver, and he led the team in targets (10), receptions (6), receiving yards (59), and touchdowns (2). Caldwell performed well for a backup called upon in critical situations, including converting on 4th and 6 with Denver mounting a comeback bid, but will not be mistaken for one of Denver's starters any time soon.

2013 Week 16 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

With Decker splitting time between the slot and the outside, Andre Caldwell didn't receive as many snaps as he did against San Diego. With Decker and Demaryius Thomas both dominating the overmatched Texans secondary, Caldwell also didn't receive as many targets, finishing with just three for the day, all coming early. On Denver's first drive, Caldwell converted a 3rd-and-7 from the slot, and Denver rewarded him with a deep target on the next play, but Caldwell failed to convert. On the following drive, Denver attempted a screen to Caldwell that Houston sniffed out. After that, Caldwell played sparingly the rest of the way and did not receive another target.

2013 Week 17 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

With Wes Welker out, Andre Caldwell once again received reps with the first team, and he wasted no time in making an impact. On Denver's first drive, Peyton Manning rifled a target deep over the middle to Caldwell, who managed to go up and high-point the overthrown football and bring it in for a fantastic catch. He was almost rewarded with a touchdown two plays later, but the ball was slightly high and Caldwell was unable to get his second foot down in bounds, resulting in one of Peyton's three incomplete passes for the day. Caldwell received more work with Brock Osweiler in the second half, but like the rest of Denver's offense, it was less productive; of Caldwell's four second-half targets, the only one that was caught was a 19-yard catch-and-run to convert 3rd and 4.

2012 Week 14 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

When Demaryius Thomas left the field in the first half with a shoulder injury, Caldwell made a falling reception for a first down after coming free on a crossing route.

2011 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Andre Caldwell was the slot option for Dalton in this game, but was rarely targeted by his quarterback. Caldwell was the recipient of a touchdown pass from Dalton when the Bengals reached the red zone, running a quick slant route for a go-ahead score. Apart from that, Caldwell was not much of a factor as Dalton continued to riff with A.J. Green.

2011 Week 3 vs SF (12 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)

Caldwell came out of the gates like a race horse. Working mainly from the slot, he made four receptions early in this game, helping to give the Bengals a 3-0 lead on the opening drive. All of his plays were short-medium routes designed to give him room to run. He looked great to start, but when the 49ers figured out that he was the only Bengal doing any damage, they had no trouble shutting him down. At the end of the day, he had 6 catches - a team high - but out of twelve total targets. Caldwell does a fine job route running and getting open, but he's not the guy you want fighting for the jump ball. So late in the game, when Dalton threw the ball up to him in tight coverage, it wasn't surprising that the ball was intercepted. He had no chance. Dalton didn't stop looking his way, which is a good sign going forward. He could provide some value to fantasy owners in PPR leagues.

2011 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

This was a very rough outing for Andre Caldwell. It started off badly for him as he dropped what looked like a pretty routine catch on 3rd down to kill the Bengals first drive. It got a bit worse in the second quarter as he dropped another pass and kneed the ball up in the air in the process, allowing Bills safety Bryan Scott to pick it out of the air and return it 43 yards for a defensive touchdown. Dalton went back to him on the next drive but Caldwell wasn't even looking for the ball and that allowed Bills safety George Wilson to make an easy interception. Caldwell added a catch in the red zone in the fourth quarter, but it was mostly a week to forget for him.

2011 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

After Green and Simpson, there wasn't much production to go around for receivers as QB Andy Dalton had a fairly pedestrian day throwing the ball. Caldwell did make a nice catch over the middle in traffic to make 3rd down more manageable, but dropped the 3rd down pass on the next play.

2011 Week 8 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

While only getting half as many targets as fellow receiver AJ Green, Caldwell caught as many passes. The fourth year wideout was targeted three times in each half, though his last few didn't come until the fourth quarter. Caldwell was well covered on most plays and quarterback Andy Dalton is far more likely to look at rookie wide receiver AJ Green anyway. Caldwell doesn't get too many chances and while he has decent size and speed, he is also prone to drops and it's forced him further back in the pecking order most of the time.

2011 Week 9 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 22 / 1 rec)

You could call Caldwell a safety valve, if not for the fact that he dropped two relatively simple short passes. His touchdown came on one of the simplest routes you'll ever see as he ran 6 yards forward, turned around and caught the ball. Caldwell ran to the perfect spot, but it was made that easy by the defense's focus on Green and Simpson.

2011 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Caldwell got more targets because of the absence of Green. He made a couple nice catches but Dalton missed him badly a few times. This explains his low catch rate but he continues to be a nice 3rd option at the WR position for Dalton

2011 Week 11 vs BAL (9 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)

It was up and down day for Caldwell, who saw a lot more opportunities in the absence of Green. He dropped a TD pass in the first quarter (though he was interfered with) and was the targeted receiver on all 3 of Dalton's picks. He was missed by Dalton on a deep ball that would have gone for 6 in the second quarter and dropped an out that hit him right in the hands in the 4th. However, much of that was forgotten when he badly beat his man down the right sideline for a TD in the 4th quarter. He ran a simple go route, the DB got a bad jump and Caldwell made him pay.

2011 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Caldwell immediately began to produce in the absence of WR Jerome Simpson after Simpson left the game momentarily with a knee injury, but only managed to pick up where Simpson left off, catching a few short passes, but helping to pick up important first downs to keep drives alive.

2011 Week 14 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Caldwell mainly worked shorter routes, but two of his three targets were in the red zone. The first he had nowhere to run, tackled as soon as he caught the ball. On his second a cornerback read Dalton and cut in front of Caldwell but failed to make the interception.

2010 Week 3 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Andre Caldwell's first target of the game from Palmer was in the end zone on a skinny post pattern. Pass interference was called on the defensive back, however, and Caldwell could not make the catch because of it. Caldwell did a nice job of getting separation from the defender on the play. Caldwell made a nice catch later in the game to get his body between the ball and the DB. His main assets are similar to those of Jordan Shipley - hands, route running and clutch on third down. Caldwell is a valuable asset for the Bengals to have on their roster.

2010 Week 4 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Caldwell converted all three of his targets against the Browns on Sunday. Unfortunately for him, he is seemingly on an offense with just too many weapons to go around and while he will certainly get looks, will not get enough to be a viable option save for a deep, predictive roster spot in dynasty leagues.

2010 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Very nice game filling in for Shipley who was out with a concussion form last week. Shipley is better but Caldwell was able to work the underneath routes and make positive yards when Palmer could get him the ball.

2010 Week 15 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 89 / 0 rec)


Caldwell finished the game as the Bengals leading receiver, but still had a disappointing day from a stat prospective. As the Bengals are looking to work their younger guys into the lineup more, and with Terrell Owens on the sideline, was the guy that Palmer targeted the most. On the opening drive, Palmer targeted Caldwell in the end zone, but the ball was thrown a bit too high for him to make the catch. He had a couple short receptions at the end of the first quarter and the start of the second quarter, but his two best catches came in the second half. Early in the third quarter, Palmer threw a beautiful rainbow pass to him on a sideline route and Caldwell made a nice catch, keeping his feet in bounds for a 21 yard gain. At the start of the 4th quarter, Palmer faked a run to Cecric Benson off the right tackle, the turned and threw across his body to Caldwell who was lined up in a bubble screen. With blockers in front of him, Caldwell broke down the field and finished a nice catch and run for a big 53 yard gain that set up another field goal and eventually won the game for the Bengals.

2010 Week 16 vs SD (5 / 4 / 87 / 0 rec)

Caldwell's speed got him free deep in the secondary more than once, and he also found big space in the middle of the Chargers defense. He could have easily had over 100 yards and a TD, but Carson Palmer overthrew him on one deep ball. He should have a chance to compete for a starting job with Terrell Owens gone next season.

2010 Week 17 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 94 / 0 rec)

Caldwell was a nice compliment to Simpson, as he did a great job as more of a possession-type receiver. Caldwell ran good routes, and caught everything that came his way. He also was able to show some moves with a 39 yard catch and run as well. Simpson and Caldwell will probably send the diva's packing this off-season, though as long as Palmer and his erratic arm is leading the way, I doubt things will be much different in 2011.

2009 Week 1 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)

While Coles disappointed with his play, Andre "Bubba" Caldwell had a standout performance. He was not targeted until the third-quarter, but Carson Palmer seemed to trust him more as the game went on. Caldwell needs to learn proper depth when running his routes, because his first catch was for 14 yards on a 3rd and 15. However, when the Bengals needed a score late in the game it was Ochocinco and Caldwell getting all the attention from Carson Palmer. Caldwell looked good on passes over the middle, and has the type of run after the catch ability to make him dangerous - even on short passes. With less than a minute to go it looked like Caldwell scored a 6-yard touchdown on a short middle pass. The replay officials reviewed the play and decided that the ball did not cross the plane of the endzone. With Coles being a disappointment, and Henry's thigh injury preventing him from doing more it looks like Andre Caldwell may become an important part of this Bengals passing offense.

2009 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The Packer fire zones had Caldwell covered well, but both of his targets were in high leverage situations, including a crucial third down catch in which he fought through tackles for a first down.

2009 Week 4 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Caldwell saw fewer targets this week than in the first three games despite the Browns extended use of Cover-2 and open underneath routes. When targeted, he again showed good hands, though appeared to turn to the opposite shoulder than what Carson Palmer expected on at least one play.

2009 Week 5 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

Caldwell and Palmer struggled to connect much of the day. The Ravens pressured Palmer up the middle and their zone schemes behind the blitz made it difficult for Palmer to be ready to throw when Caldwell worked his way open. Caldwell's sight adjustment on the go-ahead touchdown pass got him wide open on a seam route that Palmer completed with a bullet pass.

2009 Week 6 vs HOU (9 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)

Caldwell was the team's most targeted wideout against the Texans and was again very effective on underneath routes. He was physical inside and generally showed good hands, though he did drop one catchable ball on a third down play in the second half.

2009 Week 7 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Caldwell didn't get in the scoring party, but he did throw the block that sprung Laveranues Coles TD catch.

2009 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Caldwell was again frequently targeted underneath on third downs. He was successful in getting himself open in the short zones over the middle, especially on the touchdown catch in which he kept himself alive while Carson Palmer eluded the Ravens' pass rush. Caldwell narrowly missed two more third down receptions, including on deep out that would have been a long gain.

2009 Week 10 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

The Steelers held Caldwell in check over the middle for the most part. Though he did get open on deeper patterns, Carson Palmer was pressured on those plays and unable to find him and complete the passes. Caldwell continues to show good hands and an awareness of how to beat underneath zone coverage and is often Palmer's first read on short third down passing situations.

2009 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Caldwell was covered well in the underneath zones by Oakland and didn't get his usual separation on the two-way go short zone patterns. Still, he was the Bengals' most targeted WR. He had two rush attempts on endarounds, one of which went for 15 yards.

2009 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Caldwell made good catches in traffic along the sideline and over the middle. Carson Palmer seemed to prefer Laverneaus Coles on a number of shorter routes over Caldwell, though that may have been the luck of which side the Cleveland pressure came from more than a conscious effort to look for Coles on Palmer's part.

2009 Week 13 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Caldwell saw only a handful of snaps, mostly on passing downs in his usual role as the slot wide receiver. He was targeted once on a deep in route and couldn't hold onto an underthrown ball.

2009 Week 14 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Caldwell played the role of possession receiver for the Bengals in this game. All four of his receptions came on third and short, all were for first downs and all were seven yards or less. He worked the sideline routes to perfection, finding the soft spot beyond the first down marker and making the catch to keep the chains moving. Fantasy wise, he had an unremarkable game, finishing with just 25 total receiving yards.

2009 Week 15 vs SD (8 / 5 / 22 / 0 rec)

Caldwell was busy early on, doing a nice job of getting open in the holes the defense was giving them. He made a nice grab over the middle in traffic on third down, and showed very nice hands on a sliding catch during a late drive that also doubled as saving an interception for Carson Palmer. However, all of his early-game quality was greatly overshadowed by his one large gaffe. Late in the game, the Bengals trailed by three and faced a first and 16 at the San Diego 25 yard line. Caldwell caught a quick screen, but rather than simply go down, he allowed the ball to pop free. Although the Bengals recovered it, they lost twenty crucial yards on the play. Rather than continuing to drive for a potential game-winning touchdown, they had to eventually settle for a game-tying field goal. That gave the Chargers enough time to engineer their own drive the other way and kick a game-winning field goal of their own.

2009 Week 16 vs KC (4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Caldwell continues to see more looks as the Bengals' flanker, with Laverneaus Coles aligned inside him in the slot. The Bengals again tried to get him open looks downfield, but the Chiefs Cover-2 and Palmer's struggles with deep accuracy prevented any completions. Caldwell did look strong on two targets in the game's final drive, as he came back to the ball to make two tough catches to extend the drive.

2009 Week 17 vs NYJ (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Caldwell was targeted four times but caught no passes. He dropped a long pass on a play that would have been called back by penalty and stopped running on a route that was intercepted.

2009 Week 18 vs NYJ (8 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Caldwell did not look 100%. He had trouble separating from Jets DBs, and drops on contested balls killed Bengals drives on more than one occasion. He went high to get a ball inside the five that he couldn't hold when he hit the ground, and Caldwell was generally ineffective as a secondary target, which was crucial since Darrelle Revis took Chad Ochocinco away for most of the game.

2008 Week 12 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

The rookie caught three passes for 26 yards as he got more playing time after two bad drops by WR Glenn Holt.

2008 Week 14 vs IND (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Caldwell saw limited action as a receiver, and also returned kicks.

2008 Week 16 vs CLE (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Caldwell caught one of the two receptions by Bengals' wide receivers for eight yards. He split time with Glenn Holt as the third receiver.

2008 Week 17 vs KC (7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec, 4 / 49 / 0 rush)

The rookie receiver out of Florida was very active in this game with TJ Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson both out. In addition to his 34 receiving yards to pace the Bengals, he also added 49 yards on the ground on four attempts and 17 yards on one kickoff return to get to 100 total yards on the afternoon.