Bengals: 5 Questions About The 2016 Season

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (left), quarterback Andy Dalton (14), and tackle Andrew Whitworth (right) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (left), quarterback Andy Dalton (14), and tackle Andrew Whitworth (right) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Will the receivers perform?

The talk of the offseason was the departure of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. The discussions ran hot and heavy, with fans of the Men in Stripes. How hot were the disagreements? Let’s just say that some of the social media comments were not in the range of kid-friendly lingo.

Sanu and Jones were exciting to watch, while in Bengals stripes. But, the influx of new talent will have fans wondering why they were arguing with each other. The roster is crammed with speedsters that are sure to make an impact on the field. Cody Core and Tyler Boyd are the two rookies causing excitement and raising expectations. Along with the regular cast of burners, the Bengals should be set at the position. 

Wide receivers coach James Urban praised the youngsters. He’s not accepting the rookie tag as an excuse for not coming through. His opinion is simple. Perform or sit down. Per, Cincinnati Bengals, Urban was candid and open.

"“We don’t use rookie as an excuse. There’s an understanding that they’ve got to learn and we’ve got to teach them, but when it comes time to playing football, you can’t use any excuses. So we have that mindset, and we’ll see how we go once training camp starts.”"

Urban praised the acquisition of Brandon LaFell by Bengals brass. He’s impressed with the effort he’s seen by all the wideouts. During minicamp, the receivers looked as good as advertised. They all had moments of jaw-dropping catches and displays of speed. But, the real test will come during training camp. Bump-and-run coverage will be in effect. The real measure of the corps will be on display. As for now, it’s all good. Being around A.J. Green is enough to raise their level of performance.

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