Cincinnati Bengals: Analyzing the top 3 position groups

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Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a reception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a reception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Wide Receivers

After the loss of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in 2016 free agency, many experts thought the Bengals receiving corps would be destroyed. It wasn’t necessarily the best, but it was definitely serviceable without Sanu and Jones. The Bengals had lost A.J. Green in the middle of the regular season. This forced LaFell and Boyd to step up and be a bigger part of the team’s receiving.   The Bengals’ receiving corps makes the top 3 position groups due to its incredible depth. Cincy has so many receivers on the roster that could start or make a contribution.

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Their receiving corps needed more to become elite: speed. The Bengals added John Ross and Josh Malone to the receiving corps through the recent NFL draft. Ross broke the record for fastest 40-yard time (4.22) at the combine and Malone at 6-foot-3 ran a 4.40 forty. The added speed brings a needed dimension to the offense that the Bengals haven’t had in a while. If Ross can stay healthy, expect him to be a key part of the offense very early. His speed will open things up for the offense and help him get separation early and often. Malone isn’t expected to start or make any contributions early. But, don’t be surprised if he becomes the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in the next couple of years.

In the end, the Bengals have a Pro-Bowl receiver in Green, a speed demon in Ross, a sure-handed veteran in LaFell and a young slot beast in Tyler Boyd.  The other receivers, such as Alex Erickson, Malone and Cody Core can make contributions if needed.

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