Bengals Offense 2016: Previewing Cincinnati’s Strength

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Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 28, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis looks on in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs drills during training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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The Receiving Corps

Many projected depth charts for 2016 had Brandon Tate being the primary slot receiver.  However, Tate was cut earlier today thus ushering in somewhat of a youth movement for Bengals receivers. The greatness of A.J. Green cannot be overstated no matter who the other receivers are. Green will not only draw the opposing defenses best CB; he will also draw consistent double teams. These double teams will allow a possession receiver like Brandon Lafell to excel much like Houshmandzadeh alongside Chad Johnson.

While that comparison is not exact (Green is better than Johnson and Houshmandzadeh), double teams will allow a possession receiver like Brandon LaFell to excel much like Houshmandzadeh alongside Chad Johnson.

Although the similarities are not accurate (Green is better than Johnson and Houshmandzadeh was better than Lafell) it does mean that Dalton should have plenty chances to rocket himself into the conversation for MVP this season.

"Andy Dalton should have plenty chances to rocket himself into the conversation for MVP this season"

One of the scariest parts of this year’s offense is how important rookie WR Tyler Boyd will be to Bengals success.  If Lafell is healthy on the outside and Green continues his Hall of Fame career, there will be countless opportunities in the slot for Boyd.  Anytime a team has to trust a rookie there is always concern.  However, Boyd has the skill set and talent to work in the open field and run down the seam off of play-action passes and QB bootlegs.

Next: End Games

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