The Cincinnati Bengals have an impressive roster but these five players aren’t given the respect they deserve.
After reaching the Super Bowl in the 2021 season, people are now aware of the talent on the Cincinnati Bengals roster. These five players, however, aren’t given their due diligence.
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5. Tyler Boyd
Before the likes of Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase, there was the man out of Pitt who put up great numbers in his time as the number one receiver. He broke out for the Bengals in 2018 when he put up 76 receptions and 1,028 yards with seven touchdowns. The following year he once again put up 1,046 yards on 90 receptions improving upon his number from the previous year.
Once Higgins was drafted in 2020, Boyd’s numbers dropped to 841 yards on 79 receptions. He showed that he still knew how to get open but his route concepts were no longer as focused down the field as they once were.
When Chase was drafted in 2021, Boyd’s numbers dropped yet again to 828 yards with only 67 receptions. To Bengals fans, he is now known as the zone destroyer as he always finds the dead zone where he can make a play.
This year more than ever he will have his chance to shine once again as he will receive less attention from defenses due to the outstanding numbers that Chase put up in his first year. Boyd has outstanding hands and a great understanding of how to get open which makes it confusing to many how is the third option in the Bengals’ receiver core.
With an elite QB, Tyler Boyd will prove the point that he indeed is underrated and will dominate when given the chance.