Zac Taylor: ‘We’ve got to do a better job catching the ball’

Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Zac Taylor saw too many drops during Sunday’s scrimmage, which raises some concerns for the Bengals’ offense to start the season.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Zac Taylor went big in the draft, selecting Joe Burrow with the number one overall pick. He has been given the reigns to the offense, with no backup or veteran challenging him for the top spot. High expectations are being placed on the rookie. In order for Burrow to live up to those expectations, he is going to need some help from his teammates.

The offensive line will need to step up this year to provide adequate protection for Burrow, but on Sunday it was the wide receivers who let the rookie down. Zac Taylor commented that there were too many drops from the Bengals and that is something they will have to look on cleaning up in the future.’

He particularly calls out a play where a touchdown was dropped in a situation designed to mimic the end of a game. If the Bengals want to take a step forward this year and get out of the cellar of the AFC North, dropping touchdowns cannot happen on a regular basis.

Zac Taylor’s WR corps. is too good to be plagued by drops

While Sunday’s event was concerning, this wide receiver group is too talented to let drops become a trend.

A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the game when he is healthy. Tyler Boyd has been the best slot receiver over the last few seasons and will look to become Joe Burrow’s go-to-guy during the 2020 season. Tee Higgins has high expectations opposite Green and should live up to his high draft selection. Finally, John Ross is a speedster looking to stay on the roster and earn a contract extension.

While drops will happen, and some players drop the ball more often, this group should be one of the biggest strengths during 2020. Joe Burrow needs to keep throwing the ball and trusting his receivers to come down with the catch. With two weeks before the season starts, there is work to do but expect the wide receivers to be ready by week one.

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