Bengals: 3 receivers earning themselves a role in 2021

May 25, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) talks with wide receiver Trenton Irwin (16) prior to practice at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) talks with wide receiver Trenton Irwin (16) prior to practice at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) – Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) – Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports /

Cincinnati Bengals receivers – No. 2: Trent Taylor

For anyone who’s been paying close attention to Bengals training camp, they’ll know that Trent Taylor has been one of the most surprising players. The Bengals signed him during OTAs and no one really thought much of it other than that Taylor could be a candidate to replace Alex Erikson in the return game.

ESPN’s Ben Baby shouted out Taylor (and Irwin) last weekend, mentioning that both guys had nice catches. Baby tweeted: “Taylor did a great job waiting on a corner route from Burrow, who dropped it in well.” 

Keith Jenkins also praised Taylor and urged Bengals fans to remember his name. Fans have indeed done that and it’s very possible that Trent Taylor has done enough to make the final roster with his efforts in camp to this point.

Taylor, a former fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech, spent the first three years of his career with the 49ers and was let go this offseason. The Bengals might have seen a plan for him on special teams and that’s probably still in the cards for him but now he’s shown he can make an impact as a receiver as well.

Maybe Taylor isn’t wowing people during the regular season like he has been in training camp but he’s definitely made a name for himself and could have a role waiting for him when the regular season kicks off next month.

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