WR1: A.J. Green
There is no doubt that A.J. Green is the number one wide receiver on this Bengals team and if there was any doubt, it left with Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency. A.J. Green is also arguably one of the top receivers in the NFL. It is something the Bengals are relying on in order to continue their streak of playoffs made.
In 2015, A.J. Green gained 1,297 yards on 86 catches, a 15.1 yards per catch average, and caught 65.1% of his targets. However, A.J. Green in the only primary receiver returning from the 2015 season, which means he will most likely see an increase in both receptions and target, and could potentially increase more if Tyler Eifert misses any regular season time.
WR2.A: Brandon LaFell
Brandon LaFell is in the most contested position on the Bengals depth chart. Even with second round draft pick, Tyler Boyd, looming in the shadows for his opportunity, it is LaFell’s to give it up. On top of Boyd vying for the spot, Cody Core, James Wright, and Jake Kumerow are all begging for their chance, which may end up being a battle for WR3.
LaFell was signed in free agency by the Cincinnati Bengals to help fill the gap left by Jones and Sanu. In 2015, with the New England Patriots, he took a step back from their super bowl title year in 2014. His 37 catches on 74 target for 515 yards was his worst season since his rookie year. He has a new opportunity to bring his playoff experience to a team desperate for a playoff win.
WR2.B: Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd is going to be a big part of the immediate future for these Bengals, especially this season. He was drafted for his hands and to take the place of Sanu, immediately, and eventually the number two receiver. Boyd and LaFell are expected to compliment A.J. Green and give Dalton just as many weapons as he had last season.
Boyd, who was at the University of Pittsburgh last season, has a similar versatility to Mohamed Sanu. He has lined up in the backfield, thrown the ball, and holds the Panthers all time receiving yards and reception records, and only second to the great Tony Dorsett in all purpose yards in his collegiate career. The Bengals hope his solid college numbers translate into a successful NFL career.
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