Oct 31, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) makes a catch as Miami Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson (24) defends the play during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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”.
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.