The Bengals are hoping for one of the best offensives in the NFL this season. They drafted Ja’Marr Chase and added him to a group that includes Joe Burrow, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Joe Mixon.
Burrow has plenty of weapons to work with, but Boyd could be the most reliable of the bunch. The veteran wide receiver has great chemistry with his quarterback and has established himself as one of the best slots options in the league.
Boyd made the underrated Pro Football Focus squad.
“The slot catcher is one of the most valuable positions on the field, and Boyd has become one of the NFL’s best players in this position over the past three years,” PFF analyst Anthony Treash wrote. “Since 2018, he’s made the third-highest number of routes from the slot machine and is one of the league’s 10 highest-rated players on those reps. Boyd’s 51 explosive receptions from over 15 yards from the slot machine leads the league over this period. “
Boyd has 245 receptions for 2,915 and 16 touchdowns in his last three seasons. Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan thinks he’s arguably the best slot machine receiver in the NFL.
“His production speaks for itself”, Callahan said. “He’s got a big build, good feel and a great intuition for an inner receiver. He’s got a good burst and he’s got a good catch radius because a lot of these guys in the league are smaller body types. is a bit bigger and longer and so he has a really big radius to catch the ball. He has a good rapport with Joe (Burrow) and he has excellent body language when he runs. Joe has a good idea of when he is running. is going to break, how he’s going to break and that comes from all the reps they’ve put together. I think Tyler is almost in this conversation as the best indoor receiver in football. And I think that will only continue to grow. Ideally having Tee and Ja’Marr on the outside puts a lot less pressure on Tyler. He should rarely be doubled on the inside and if he is, we have other guys who are chosen. kinda the idea when you have three good receivers like that. “
Baker Mayfield, Andrew Whitworth and free agent Austin Reiter were on the list. The The Bengals brought Reiter for a visit in July, but did not sign it.