Bengals Roster: Lack of WR depth is biggest concern this summer
The Cincinnati Bengals have a stacked wide receiver trio but the guys behind them don’t inspire much confidence. Is that their biggest concern this summer?
No one is going to debate how strong the trio of Tyler Boyd/Ja’Marr Chase/Tee Higgins is. Chase and Higgins both blew past the 1,000-yard mark and Boyd came pretty darn close to passing that mark as well. The Cincinnati Bengals‘ wide receiver position isn’t a concern but the depth behind those guys is.
The Athletic put together a piece about each team’s biggest concern this summer and for the Bengals, Paul Dehner Jr., who covers the team, said it was wide receiver depth.
"The Bengals’ starting receivers are arguably the best in the NFL, but if injuries happened with any of Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, there is not much experienced, reliable depth."
Dehner also mentions in his blurb that Mike Thomas has been the WR4 over the years but that won’t stop the team from adding an upgrade whether it be through a trade or the waiver wire.
Bengals WR depth needs fine-tuning
Behind the trio of Boyd/Chase/Higgins, the Bengals have Thomas, Stanley Morgan, Trent Taylor, Trenton Irwin, Kwamie Lassiter, Pooka Williams, Jaivon Heiligh, Jack Sorenson, and Kendric Pryor fighting for roster spots. The UDFAs are intriguing this year and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see more than one of them make the 53-man roster.
Dehner notes in the write-up that if injury issues hit the starting trio this summer, the team will have to be aggressive in adding a solid third receiver. While they’d want to add someone off waivers or a cap casualty, it’s not like their offense would greatly suffer. They still have Joe Mixon and Hayden Hurst as offensive weapons as well.
Depth behind the wide receivers is certainly an area of concern but is it the biggest area of concern? What do you think?