Wide Receivers: B
With AJ Green 2nd in the NFL in receiving yards (1,020) and the emergence of a legit #2 (Jones), the Bengals wide receiver corps is having a pretty good year – 1,466 yards, 13 TDs and 97 receptions between Green and Jones. The only thing keeping this grade from an A is the drops. Green and Sanu have each cost the Bengals at least a game a piece due to drops and/or fumbles (Chicago and Miami). As good as Green is, like Dalton, he needs to work on his consistency and concentration before he can get an “A”.
Full Backs: N/A
Hahahaha! Maybe I should have Hue Jackson write about the play of his full backs. I think on the season, everyone but the “Full Back” (Charles) has played full back – Peko (DT), Smith (TE) and Eifert (TE).
Tight Ends: B+
Like the wide receivers, the tight ends have had a good year, but have also been plagued by consistency issues – drops and penalties (well, Gresham has). Those issues keep this group from being an “A” as well. However, despite some of the issues, the tight ends have still contributed 66 receptions, 725 yards and 3 TDs. Tyler Eifert looks to be a legitimate NFL tight end and as much as I bang on him, Gresham, at times, can still be an excellent weapon.
Offensive Line: B-
The Good? Despite the 6th most passing attempts (411), the line has surrendered just 26 sacks (16th) – 10 of which came in a poor two game stretch against Miami and Baltimore. For the most part, Dalton has had time to throw.
The Bad? They rank just 26th in rushing yards per attempt (3.7) – and run blocking is supposed to be what offensive lineman like. On multiple occasions this year, the line has failed to get enough push for BJGE, Bernard or Dalton to convert 3rd and 4th and shorts, and some of those (Baltimore and Miami) likely cost the Bengals the game.