The Cincinnati Bengals entered the 2021 season with one of the best wide receiver corps in the league. Currently, two of the “big three” have over 1,000 yards receiving on the season with Tyler Boyd being the only one not past the 1,000-yard mark.
Boyd was asked in his Monday afternoon press conference if he wants to play in the game despite the Bengals already locking up a playoff spot. Obviously the guy isn’t going to say “Nah, I’m good” but Boyd went above and beyond the typical “Yeah I want to play” cliché.
For Boyd, this game against Cleveland is about checking off goals and also serving a nice dish of revenge to a team who curb-stomped his squad a few months back.
Tyler Boyd wants to get to 1,000 yards receiving
As of now, Boyd has 828 yards so he’ll have to have a monster game to get past the 1,000-yard mark. Considering what Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have been able to do in games this season (and what Chase just did to a very good Chiefs defense), however, Boyd’s goal isn’t impossible by any stretch of the imagination.
Boyd would have to have 172 yards receiving to get to 1,000 yards on the season, so again, it’s a big goal for the former Pittsburgh product. That being said, this team has helped each other out when it comes to breaking records so would anyone be surprised to see Joe Burrow constantly look Boyd’s way time and time again in Cleveland next week?
This is all assuming, of course, that the starters even end up playing. The Chiefs play on Saturday so if they win against the Broncos, the Bengals will know if the No. 1 seed is in play or not when they take the field on Sunday. If the Chiefs lose, however, then Cincy’s starters could very well go out there and play for the entire game.
I appreciate Boyd’s determination but I don’t think 1,000 yards receiving is going to happen for him this year. Hey, 67 catches for 828 yards and five touchdowns is nothing to scoff at (just ask the Saints, who would kill to have a receiver put up those kind of numbers).
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Fans are happy for the entire team but Boyd is definitely one of the guys we’re pulling for the most to have a good postseason. He’s been here through the really bad seasons and has been a true team player throughout. He deserves a moment to shine in the playoffs.