Cincinnati Bengals: Top 3 breakout candidates for 2017

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Jun 13, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) looks on during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) looks on during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tyler Boyd

The Bengals decided to snag Tyler Boyd in last year’s draft, after missing out on receivers like Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell. In Boyd’s rookie season, he showed the Bengals that he’s capable of producing as a premiere slot receiver. He won’t necessarily make “splash” plays but he will make contested catches when you need him to.

Can he produce though?

Many may question my thinking in putting Boyd as a breakout candidate with the drafting of John Ross. Try to imagine this: A beastly trio of Green, Boyd, and Ross all together to provide the greatest receiver duo in the league.  I expect Boyd to have a stellar second season as he continues to develop chemistry with Andy Dalton. If all goes right and Boyd is given the reps, expect him to get around 900 -1,100 receiving yards and four to six touchdowns in his sophomore year. Some may think that it’s an absurd prediction, considering his competition in the receivers room right now. Going from 600 to 1,000 receiving yards will be a tough go. But, if anyone can do it… it’s Boyd.

Tyler will be the starting slot receiver no matter what and he will get his reps and passes thrown to him. He has all the tools to succeed as a top slot receiver in this league. He has great hands and amazing route running. It will be Boyd’s choices on the field which will determine if he’ll be a star or an average slot receiver.

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