Wide receiver Tee Higgins led the Bengals with 908 receiving yards and six touchdowns and was second with 67 receptions as a rookie in 2020. Higgins is a young superstar in the making according to Nate Burleson of the NFL Network. Burleson played 11 seasons in the NFL with Detroit, Minnesota and Seattle.
The Bengals selected Higgins as the 33 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Higgins was the seventh WR taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. Higgins was third among NFL rookies in 2020 in receptions and receiving yards and fourth in TD receptions. The former Clemson star had to play five games without Joe Burrow.
In the six games prior to Burrow suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Higgins had at least four receptions and 60 yards in each game. At 6’4, 216 pounds, Higgins gives the Bengals a physical presence at WR. With Burrow back in 2021, Higgins should team with the franchise QB to form a tough matchup for opponents.
Without Burrow, Higgins only topped 60 yards once with six receptions for 99 yards and a TD in the Bengals’ 37-31 victory over Houston in the penultimate game of 2020. The Cincinnati passing offense was extremely inconsistent led by Ryan Finley and Brandon Allen at QB following the Burrow injury.
The prediction by Burleson that Higgins will top 1,000 yards in 2021 is a safe bet. Higgins was on pace for over the K mark in 2020 before Burrow’s injury. Higgins and Tyler Boyd provide Burrow with a pair of receivers to rely on. Cincinnati could target another big play WR in the 2021 NFL Draft.
There is some thought the Bengals could draft LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase who with Burrow was part of what many consider to be the best offense in the history of college football in 2019. LSU won the National Championship that season. Other WRs Cincinnati could draft in April are De’Vonta Smith or Jaylan Waddle from Alabama.