Ranking the Bengals Red Zone Weapons
5. Tyler Boyd
It seems absurd that a player capable of regularly making plays like the one above from Fanatics View on Twitter comes in at number five on this list, but Cincinnati’s red zone arsenal is that deep. Boyd is coming off a breakout year and his first 1,000 yard season. He will get the benefit of lining up in the slot, meaning he will often see mismatches against linebackers or nickel corners.
Still, even if Boyd was lined up on the outside, he has the skillset to be a factor in the red zone. He is very precise in his route running and has incredible footwork to ensure he gets both feet down. He also has a knack for sneaking behind the linebackers and settling between defenders to make a catch.
Another thing to note, it will be impossible for Boyd to be the number one concern in the red zone if the other players are healthy. That either means he will go up against a defensive back that doesn’t match his talent, or he will be able to find the soft spots in a zone defense. Regardless, Boyd is set up for success in the red zone.
Entering the season on a brand new contract, Boyd is poised to build upon his impressive 2018 season.