Cincinnati Bengals have ‘best wide receiver trio’ in league

Kristen Wong
Tyler Boyd, Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Tyler Boyd, Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Does anyone have a shred of doubt as to what the Cincinnati Bengals’ top-performing position group was in 2021? Wide receivers all the way.

The elite trifecta of Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins carried this Bengals team into the playoffs and the Super Bowl, recording 1,455 yards, 1,091 yards, and 828 yards respectively.

The trio was highly touted as a deadly mix at the start of the season, but haters were going to hate. Now, Chase has performed above and beyond all expectations while Boyd and Higgins serve as the more seasoned pass-targets in the Bengals’ high-octane offense.

NFL’s Kevin Patra covered every NFL team’s wide receiver situation heading into the 2022 season and unsurprisingly ranked Cincy’s receiver unit as the best in the league:

"Each member of this threesome perfectly complements the others. While there was some debate as to whether Cincinnati should select Chase with the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft, it’s unequivocally true that the Bengals wouldn’t have reached Super Bowl LVI without the record-setting rookie. Another year of growth together with Joe Burrow should only increase Cincy’s capabilities."

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver trio is considered the best in the league

With plenty of cap space and all three wideout weapons under contract for 2022, the Bengals sit in prime position for another Super Bowl run this season.

Their offensive line will need to improve, of course, but when it comes to receiver production and chemistry, Cincy have the cream of the crop. Joe Burrow should get a shout-out for helping Chase, the OROY of 2021, achieve one of the best rookie performances in the history of the NFL, as well as keeping Boyd and Higgins active in the passing offense.

As far as depth behind those three big guns, the Bengals have Auden Tate and Mike Thomas, though both are set to enter free agency in 2022. Cincy may want to hold onto both of them for insurance, but Tate in particular could receive tempting offers to serve as a WR2 or WR3 for another team.

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Nonetheless, the trifecta is complete: Chase owns defenders with his route-running abilities, Higgins owns reliable deep-threat talent, and Boyd owns the slot. These three are here to stay for a while.