Bengals Roster: 4 breakout candidates for 2022 season

Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
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2. Tee Higgins

At No. 2 is Tee Higgins. The deep threat receiver is looking to build off of his numbers last season where he posted 74 receptions on 108 targets with 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. These numbers allowed him to receive a good PFF rating of 84.5 last season even while missing two games.

Due to the wide array of skills the Bengals have at the wide receiver position, don’t be shocked if Higgins builds even more off of his numbers last season in both receiving yards and touchdowns, especially since the group has had a year together now. It will be interesting to see how they come together off of an already stunning year in 2022 having two receivers over 1,000 yards and one with 800.

Higgins is both explosive off the line and is very skilled between the numbers. He also possesses a great hand, which was shown in both the regular season and the playoffs where he would moss defenders.

Higgins was regarded by many as a steal of the 2020 draft as he has improved his numbers every year he has been in the league. Higgins standing at 6’4 makes him an imposing threat to the corners of the league that stand shorter than him as he has an impressive leaping ability paired with great ball skills.

The area to watch him in 2022 will be the red zone as he did struggle at times in that part of the field but fans should expect to see him get a lot of jump balls along with great plays down the field just as he did last season.