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Ranking the Bengals Red Zone Weapons

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs after a catch during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs after a catch during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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4. Joe Mixon

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Joe Mixon has already established himself as one of the most talented running backs to ever suit up for the Bengals. He has the power to drive it in between the tackles, the speed and vision to bounce it outside. He also has the hands to be a threat out of the backfield as seen in the clip above from NFL Stats on Twitter. His suddenness and jump cuts add to all of the aforementioned traits.

He seems to have taken a step this offseason and added more physicality to his running style. In Thursday’s preseason game, he stiff armed Josh Norman into the ground and then punished a corner before going out of bounds.

Zac Taylor knows how talented Mixon is and has allowed him to rest this offseason. Once the games that count begin, Mixon is going to be fresh. By keeping him off the field, it will allow him to run through tackles against linebackers that have been worn out this preseason. That is important, especially in the red zone.

Much like Green, even if Mixon isn’t the one getting the ball, he attracts so much attention to help others. He freezes linebackers in the box to make play-action lethal. He is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle for the Bengals red zone offense.

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