Cincinnati Bengals: Predicting The Stats Leaders For 2017

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Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs with the ball after making a catch during the first half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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The Absence of The Deep Threat

A.J. Green is one of the best receiving threats in the National Football League. The Bengals missed out on a lot of production from Green this season due to injury. Green is the master at catching the deep ball. With speed, size, and athleticism, he makes Andy Dalton’s job easier when he is on the field.

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There is no one that can question that Green will be the leading receiver for the Bengals’ offense. A healthy Green means a competitive Cincinnati Bengals. Look for Green to surpass the 1,500-yard mark next season. That is a bold prediction, but this season saw Green play in just 10 games and nearly clip the 1,000-yard mark on 66 receptions. Bengals fans would like to see Green get into the end zone more often next season as the former Georgia Bulldog only scored 4 touchdowns in 2016.

Other notables to look for in 2017 are second-year players Tyler Boyd and Cody Core. Both were forced into more time that the Bengals planned for. The youngsters have high ceilings to complement Green on the outside. Brandon LaFell led the Bengals receivers in scores last season. The veteran is set to become a free agent his summer and it is unclear about the Bengals’ plans for the future of LaFell.