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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Players who need breakout seasons to return to playoffs

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Mike Jordan #60 of the Cincinnati Bengals is carted off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 15: John Ross III #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 15: John Ross III #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Some may already view this season as a breakout performance for John Ross. However, he needs to put it all together and stay healthy for an entire 16 game slate for it to qualify. The good news is, if he does, there is little reason to believe he can’t continue to provide a spark for the offense.

Based on the tension between A.J. Green and the franchise, the need for Ross to make a leap in production becomes even more important. Tyler Boyd has the slot position locked down and well represented, but if things get out of hand with Green, they have no true number one option on the outside. Given the former Washington Huskie’s draft position, he should be able to step into that role.

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Beyond that, the team will more than likely add a new franchise quarterback this offseason. Ross will need to be a safety net for the new signal caller. He already has the ability to take the top off of a defense, which will help make reads much easier for a young quarterback.

In addition to that, if he can address his drop issues, he can become a more reliable target and get the offense humming again. The Bengals will need his production, especially in the red zone, if they are to return to the playoffs soon.

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