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RB Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 228Born: 7-24-1996College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2017

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Recent Stats and Projections

11 at BAL 34 12 14 1 3 3 38 0 0 11.2
12 vs CLE 53 14 89 0 7 7 66 0 0 15.5
13 vs DEN 39 12 82 0 2 2 13 0 0 9.5
14 at LAC 47 26 111 1 6 5 27 0 0 19.8
15 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Joe Mixon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs DEN (12 / 82 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Mixon was fantastic and it was a travesty he didn't get more touches and playing time. Part of the issue was how many times penalties put the offense in impossible downs and distances. However, the Bengals coaching staff often put themselves in those spots by trying to pass on early downs when they should have just been riding Mixon. Mixon looked like he was on his way to a big game when he dominated the opening drive, catching a short pass and rushing four times for 40 yards. He ripped off back-to-back gains of 7 and 8 yards on the first two offensive plays. A few plays later, he burst through the line, made a man miss and weaved his way for a 23-yard gain. Mixon had one of the few highlights plays for the Bengals offense on a 9-yard catch and run to pick up a first down. He caught the ball short near the right sideline, made the first man miss and then powered through another tackle attempt to pick up the first down on a play where it looked like he had no chance. Even though the game was close nearly the whole way, Mixon played just 57% of the offensive snaps.

2018 Week 12 vs CLE (14 / 89 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)

Despite the Bengals falling into a huge hole early, the team stuck with Mixon over Bernard, a testament to his ability to make an impact as a receiver. Despite the demoralizing game, Mixon was able to provide an emotional spark with his spirited play. Trailing 28-0, Mixon broke off an impressive 28-yard run where he made a man miss in the hole, hurdled an attempted ankle tackle and weaved his way deep into Browns territory to set up a touchdown. Mixon showed well as a receiver again, finishing second on the team in yards. His soft hands, quick feet, and powerful running style make him a mismatch in space. Mixon deserves an assist for Driskel's short rushing touchdown. Driskel ran a draw and Mixon came in strong behind him, pushing and then dragging him into the end zone.

2018 Week 11 vs BAL (12 / 14 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Mixon never find any room to run. He was dropped for a 4-yard loss on his first carry. Mixon did plow on for a 1-yard touchdown and had some success as a pass catcher. He had a 21-yard catch and run to get inside the 5-yard line and setup a touchdown. The return of Giovani Bernard did eat into some of Mixon's work as a receiver though, as Mixon saw just three targets.

2018 Week 10 vs NO (11 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Mixon ran hard and set a tone early. He had gains of 7, 7, 14, and 11 yards on the opening touchdown drive. Mixon was able to use his speed to get to the edge for big gains on a pitch sweep play that the Bengals have used to good success of late. Mixon made a great catch n the left flat and accelerated past a defender for a 17-yard gain. The game script set up awfully for Mixon with the Saints scoring touchdowns on each of their five first-half possessions. With the Bengals trailing big, they were forced to abandon the run. Mixon dominated the running back snaps early. However with the Bengals in the hurry up, two-minute offense from the middle of the second quarter on, Mixon rotated fairly evenly with Giovani Bernard once the team fell behind big.

2018 Week 8 vs TB (21 / 123 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Mixon played a career-high 85% of the snaps and was the clear centerpiece of the Bengals offense. He put together a monster first half, rushing for over 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns before the break. While he was certainly running well, he often had big holes to run through. Mixon broke off an 18-yard gain on the very first play of the game but was later dropped for a short loss on 4th-and-1 to end the drive. Mixon walked in for an easy 1-yard touchdown after a long completion to Tyler Boyd setup the Bengals just shy of the goal line. Mixon had three short receptions, all on the same second-quarter drive. The Bengals did a great job of getting Mixon to the outside where he could use his speed to get around the edge. He picked up 13 to get the Bengals into the red zone on a pitch to the sideline. After a couple long completions to Tyler Boyd, Mixon ran for a 12-yard touchdown off of right tackle, galloping through a big hole, splitting a pair of defenders to get into the end zone untouched. He finished off his monster first half with a big-time run on a gain of 43 yards. Mixon weaved through defenders and accelerated to top speed for the big gainer. Like the rest of the offense, Mixon did not do much in the second half. Three of his eight second-half runs went for negative yardage.

2018 Week 7 vs KC (13 / 50 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 1 / 0 rec)

The lackluster numbers don't tell the story of Mixon's performance. He made everything he could of the opportunities he had. Mixon was especially effective on 3rd-and-short, showing patience and incredible lateral agility to hop sideways when a hole finally opened and then lowering his pads to push pas the line to gain. The issue was there was simply nowhere for Mixon to go on too many runs. Mixon also failed to make an impact as a pass catcher. The Bengals rarely split him out wide and the Chiefs always had a man on him when he leaked out of the backfield. Despite the lack of production, Mixon still showed his impressive abilities as a receiver. He made a sweet one-hand grab on the opening drive and then made the first man miss but was still held to a gain of just two yards.

2018 Week 6 vs PIT (11 / 64 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

The Bengals didn't have enough possession to truly get Mixon going and only managed 13 rushing attempts total as a team. However, with somewhat limited touches, Mixon's physicality and explosiveness was on full display. He set the tone for the offense early with cutback runs of 13 and 17 yards, both time lowering his pads and delivering blows at the end of the run. He also made some nice plays as a pass catcher singled up against linebacker Vince Williams. He was able to get separation with quick cuts and showed off his excellent hands. Mixon's 4-yard touchdown went right up the middle and put the Bengals ahead late. He lowered his pads and powered through two defenders near the goal line.

2018 Week 5 vs MIA (22 / 93 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 1 rec)

Mixon showed no ill effects from the knee surgery that kept him out of the last two games. He looked quick and was able to make explosive cuts. Mixon also instantly returned to a massive workload, touching the ball 25 times against Miami despite sharing time with Mark Walton. Mixon was instrumental on the two most important drives of the day for the Bengals. He scored the only offensive touchdown of the game on an 18-yard catch. He lined up in the backfield and ran a route down the seam before breaking to the outside. Under heavy pressure, Dalton lofted it up in Mixon's direction. Mixon was able to come back to the ball and make a leaping catch and then run a couple yards into the end zone. He is one of the few bigger backs in the league who can make wide receiver-like plays like this out of the backfield. On the go-ahead field goal drive late in the fourth quarter, it was almost all Mixon. He had an 11-yard gain on a delayed draw up the middle. The next play, he took a handoff up the middle, found no room to run and bounced it outside with a sharp cut and then accelerated for a 31-yard gain. He showed the change of direction and speed that make him a special talent. He then made a man miss and on an eight yard gain just down to the 2-yard line. In addition to the crucial tangible contributions, Mixon's playmaking and attitude helped get the crowd into the game and build some mo-mentum when things were looking bleak.

2018 Week 2 vs BAL (21 / 84 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Mixon ran hard and had a couple highlight runs, including a 21-yard scamper that was one of the game's deciding plays. He started right and found nowhere to run, then reversed all the way back across the field to break loose for the big gain. It allowed the Bengals to milk the clock late and set up a field goal to put Cincinnati up by 8 in the games final minutes. Mixon had a goal line carry from the 1-yard line early, but was dropped for a three-yard loss when he tried to break it outside. Mixon left the game in the first half with a knee injury and was listed as questionable to return, spending much of the second quarter in the locker room. He returned and gutted through a knee injury that was obviously bothering him, as he came up gimpy after a couple runs. After the game, Mixon had surgery to remove a loose body in his knee. The procedure was deemed a success and Mixon is reported to be out for the next 2-4 weeks. The most likely return dates would be either Week 5 against the Dolphins or Week 6 against the Steelers.

2018 Week 1 vs IND (17 / 95 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

Mixon was fantastic, both as a runner and pass catcher against the Colts and looks to be well on his way to a breakout season. The Bengals clearly wanted to get him established early, with six of the first seven plays of the game either handoffs or passes to Mixon. He quickly made his presence with a decisive 7-yard run straight up the gut on the first play of the game. He opened the second drive with runs of 4 and 7 yards and then burst for a gain of 21 on a screen pass down the left sideline. He looks noticeably faster and more explosive after slimming down in the offseason. His speed was evident on his long run of the day as well. He outran a Colts linebacker to the edge on an outside run and flew down the sideline for a gain of 21. Mixon's touchdown came from a yard out. The Bengals lined up in a heavy formation with a defensive lineman in at fullback and Mixon leaped over the top to get in. Mixon dominated in terms of usage, with over 90% (22 of 24) of the running back touches on the day. On the game-winning fourth-quarter drive, Mixon was the key, touching the ball on 7-of-10 plays. His seven targets show the Bengals plan to use him heavily as a pass catcher, which makes him an elite fantasy option going forward.


Latest News

Bengals | Joe Mixon strong in loss (Sun Dec 9, 09:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed 26 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 27 yards in a 26-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14.

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Bengals | Joe Mixon not on injury report (Fri Dec 7, 07:29 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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Bengals | Cincinnati's injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 7, 04:22 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), OT Cordy Glenn (back), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle) and CB Tony McRae (concussion) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. WR Joshua Malone (hamstring) was upgraded to a full practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable. DE Carlos Dunlap (hip), DE Michael Johnson (pectoral) and RB Joe Mixon (foot) fully participated in practice Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: The offensive line will have a big hole with Glenn out and they are facing the Chargers ultra-talented pair of defensive ends this week. The rushing matchup against the Bengals remains very good with Burfict on the sidelines.
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Bengals | Joe Mixon looking good to go (Fri Dec 7, 01:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) looked good in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is expected to play in Week 14.

Our View: Mixon is a low ceiling RB2 this week against the Chargers with the Jeff Driskel Bengals offering much less in terms of sustained drives and points than the Andy Dalton Bengals.
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Bengals | Joe Mixon officially limited (Thu Dec 6, 03:09 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 6.

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