Five young Cincinnati Bengals on the brink of their first Pro Bowl

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Bengals on the Brink: Tyler Boyd

For the past two seasons, Tyler Boyd has almost single-handedly kept the Bengals’ air attack afloat. He’s had to deal with sub-par offensive line play, shaky quarterback situations, and injuries to all three of his primary running mates: A.J. Green, John Ross, and Auden Tate.

Yet, he’s somehow managed to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two years. Now that he’s weathered the storm, things are looking up for tenacious pass catcher.

He’s got Joe Burrow throwing to him now, who excels at getting the ball to slot receivers. In his Heisman winning campaign, Burrow hit his collegiate slot receiver, Justin Jefferson, for 18 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards.

If that isn’t enough for you to buy up all the stock you can in Boyd, consider that he’ll also no longer be the primary focus of opposing defensive coordinators moving forward. Green and Tee Higgins will ensure that he sees favorable matchups, allowing him to exploit the opponent with his crisp footwork.

If all goes to plan, Boyd could take the next step in his career and solidify himself as Cincinnati’s number one receiving threat moving forward. That’d be great news for a Bengals front office that has him under contract until 2023 with a cap hit that only maxes out around $10M.