5 Reasons for optimism about the Bengals’ season

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on September 13, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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5 Reasons for optimism about the Bengals' season
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New additions on offense

John Ross adds a level of explosiveness to this offense that has been desperately searching for a counterpart to A.J. Green to open things up.  As soon as he walks onto the field safeties will take notice which means less attention on Green.  People who don’t like the pick claim that he is too small or to injury prone.  First, John Ross is bigger than Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton, DeSean Jackson, Steve Smith Sr., Brandin Cooks, Percy Harvin, and Wes Welker. So, let’s just relax with the “too small to survive the NFL” talk.

Secondly, yes, he has an injury history.  He also has a history of playing through them if possible.  In his senior season, he suffered a torn labrum in the 5th game of the season.  Still, he played in all fourteen games and finished with 1,150 yards receiving, 102 yards rushing, and 18 touchdowns.  If that’s playing injured I can’t wait to see him play healthy. The Bengals’ medical staff cleared him which means you evaluate him on talent alone and trust your people.  Ross will quickly demonstrate his worth.

Off-field issues aside, Joe Mixon is a game-changing talent that can bruise with the best of them.  He also demonstrated his ability as a pass-catcher at Oklahoma posting 37 catches for 538 yards.  His balance, quickness, and physicality will cause many to fall in love with him quickly.  While his vision and pass-blocking need to be coached up, he has all the physical tools necessary to give the Bengals the Le’veon Bell-esque player that they’ve been searching for to help them compete in the smash-mouth AFC North.

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