Cincinnati Bengals could make waves with this projected starting lineup
Quarterback: Joe Burrow
It was already essentially a lock but now that the Bengals have released Andy Dalton, it’s guaranteed. Ohio’s own, Burrow, will look to continue his incredible play in the professional ranks.
Running Back: Joe Mixon
Mixon could easily turn in to Burrow’s favorite weapon. If the reports are true that the Bengals are altering their scheme to fit Burrow, Mixon will be utilized much more often in the passing game. Plus, the rookie under center will be able to hand off the ball to the former sooner running back and watch him go to work, taking some of the pressure off.
Wide Receiver 1: A.J. Green
Burrow couldn’t ask for a better WR1 to start his career than Green. He’s a great leader, the ultimate safety net, and a talented player to lead the offense.
Wide Receiver 2: Tee Higgins
Higgins and John Ross will likely split time as the second outside receiver, but the new offensive scheme should have plenty of snaps to go around. Higgins will likely be a sponge, absorbing all the knowledge he can from Green. All the while, he has the perfect skill set to match with Burrow.
Slot Receiver: Tyler Boyd
Burrow loved his slot receiver last year in Justin Jefferson and fans can expect him to look for Boyd just as often as he did his LSU teammate. Boyd’s toughness, crisp route running, and general will to win gives the Bengals an edge.
Tight-End: C.J. Uzomah
In an ideal world, this slot would go to last year’s highly drafted Drew Sample. That could still be the case, but Uzomah is more than capable of filling this position. He’s solid all around and there’s a good chance he becomes a more dangerous receiving threat up the seams with Burrow throwing to him.