Bengals: Tee Higgins has major height advantage over Eagles’ secondary
Second-round pick Tee Higgins will have a major height advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary in his first start.
Just three weeks into the season, and this year’s second-round draft pick, Tee Higgins, has earned a starting role with the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Clemson star gets the nod on the heels of the decision to make speedster and former first-round pick John Ross a healthy scratch against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Higgins is coming off a solid performance against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football that included an impressive splash play where he provided an outlet for a scrambling Joe Burrow. Now, the 6’4 wideout enters a favorable matchup against a secondary that has some questions height-wise.
Philadelphia’s two starting corners, Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox, stand at 6’0 and 5’9, respectively. This should be welcome news for the lanky Higgins with impeccable leaping ability.
Tee Higgins skillset should be utilized in the red-zone
Zac Taylor and the offensive coaching staff should aim to get Tee Higgins involved early and often in an attempt to get the young playmaker into a rhythm quickly. However, the one area they must focus on involving him in is the red-zone.
Cincinnati has struggled to punch the ball in through two weeks, resulting in settling for field goals. If they can become more efficient in the money zone, it will likely be a major key in getting their first win of the season. Higgins is certainly capable of helping them in that aspect.
A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd will garner the attention of the Eagles’ top defensive backs, leaving Higgins with favorable matchups. With Joe Burrow’s accuracy and ball placement, look for Higgins to get at least one opportunity for a goal-line fade.
Now that Higgins and Burrow are in the swing of things, this may be the first time the orange and black faithful truly gets their first glimpse into the future of the offense.