Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Watch In 2016

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) runs the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Miami won 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyler Boyd

If there is one player who is truly the future of this organization, it is Tyler Boyd. The Bengals second round draft pick out of the University of Pittsburgh, is projected by many to be a better version of Mohamed Sanu, who left for Atlanta in free agency this off-season. Although his speed is something he is lacking.

Tyler Boyd was a utility player in 2015 at Pitt. When James Conner, Pitt running back, was diagnosed with cancer, Boyd stepped into a role that would feature him as a number two running back. He questioned nothing and did what Pat Narduzzi asked of him in his third and final season in college.

Boyd is somewhat used to changing systems and learning new scheme’s not only with backing up at running back but was under two head coaches in college, Paul Chryst, who left for Wisconsin after Boyd’s sophmore year, and Pat Narduzzi, who came from Michigan State to take over for Chyst.

Boyd finished his 2015 season with 926 yards on 91 catches, 349 yards on 40 carries, and six touchdowns. He was second on the single season team record for number of catches, one behind current Cardinal, Larry Fitzgerald. He has the potential to not only to start in the NFL but to be that number two guy, something the Bengals lost when Marvin Jones left for Detroit.

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