Establish The Deep Pass
Well, that’s easier said than done. But, it has to become a staple. Andy Dalton has been pegged as one of the best on deep passing routes. So far, the Bengals have been conservative. Now, it’s time to attack the secondary and show off the talented bunch of receivers on the roster. Cody Core has established a burst of speed that will get him open. Tyler Boyd was supposedly good enough for the Bengals to go after him and draw the hatred of Steelers’ fans. In that case, use him.
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Alex Erickson has shown a knack for getting open deep. If he’s able to do it on a consistent basis, then he needs to get the ball. A.J. Green has complained about not getting the ball. If he’s double and triple covered, he should be willing to share the glory with whoever is getting open. Now, it’s time for Dalton and Lazor to define who that’s going to be.
Hopefully, the days of over thinking have been put behind. During an interview with Local 12, Boyd expressed frustration with that aspect of Ken Zampese’s approach.
"“There were times where I just felt like he would overwhelm me with things to do out there in terms of details and what to do and what not to do – just making me think too much. In certain plays, I felt like I should just go out there and just play – get my route and get my depth and be the guy.”"
Until Ross can prove he’s able to play, the Bengals offense needs to have one of the wideouts step up and show out.