Everyone already knows about A.J. Green, one of the best wide receivers in football when not injured. The story for the wide receiving corps won’t be Green but the possible production that Ross can produce. The addition of Ross for the Bengals has been a big one. John Ross adds a new dimension to the passing game by providing an insane amount of speed. His speed will cause a safety to stay back, due to the home run factor. That will open up the field for Green. Not only does it help Green, it also helps tight ends and running backs running routes in the middle.
The Bengals have a lot of mouths to feed in the receiving corps now. With young players Ross, Tyler Boyd and Josh Malone all ready to make an impact. People seem to have forgotten Tyler Boyd after the drafting of Ross. I still think Boyd is one of the biggest pieces of this receiving corps for the future. Boyd has amazing hands, great body control and good route running ability. In his first year, he showed that he can make tough catches and fight for yards. He has the ability to be one of the best slot receivers in the NFL.
That leaves veterans like Brandon LaFell fighting for a starting position. Don’t get me wrong, LaFell is a great veteran receiver who you can count on. I just expect the Bengals receiving corps to shift to more younger and quicker guys, slowly reducing the reps for LaFell. I expect the starters to be Green, Ross, and Boyd by midseason.
A.J. Green: 1,550 Receiving Yards, 8 TDs
John Ross: 650 Receiving Yards, 6 TDs
Tyler Boyd: 830 Receiving Yards, 2 TDs
Brandon LaFell: 420 Receiving Yards, 1 TD