Buying or selling Bengals’ position groups: Wide receiver & tight end
Wide Receiver: BUY
Another one of the Bengals’ top position groups, the wide receiver position should thrive in 2020. The front office made a clear priority of giving Joe Burrow an elite group of receivers in the offseason.
First, there is A.J. Green, who will be returning from injury. He was last seen in an NFL game at the midway point of the 2018 season. Green has been one of the best wide receivers of the past decade, can he come back at that same level? Probably not. Will he still be really good? Probably. Green isn’t going to be the same player he once was, especially considering age and injury concerns, but he can still be a solid weapon in the passing game.
For the past two years, Tyler Boyd has led the Bengals in receiving. With another year of experience under his belt, Boyd should only become more dangerous. In 2020, Boyd could solidify himself as the Bengals’ top receiver for the foreseeable future and have his best season to date.
With the Bengals’ second-round pick, they selected wide receiver, Tee Higgins. Higgins’ playing style is strikingly similar to Green’s, and he himself admits to modeling his game after his new teammate. If the rookie receiver can live up to that comparison, he should have a solid rookie season and only get better as the years go by.
After Green, Boyd, and Higgins, the receiver position still continues to be strong. John Ross and Auden Tate are both very unique receivers that bring a lot to the offense when given opportunities to be on the field.
Wide receiver is one of the Bengals’ two best position groups and it should make Joe Burrow’s rookie season much easier.
Tight End: SELL
The tight end position is one of the weaker groups on the team. However, this doesn’t have to be a problem for the Bengals.
C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample won’t be asked to do too much in 2020, but they don’t need to. With the strengths at wide receiver and running back, the Bengals’ offense can be just fine without a premium tight end.
Behind Uzomah and Sample, Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck will likely compete for the final tight end spot. Neither of these players are particularly exciting, but either can be a decent backup.
Overall, the tight end position is the least exciting on the entire team.