CHECK OUT FOOTBALL AND FUTBOL’S BOOKSTORE
Let me start off by saying two things about the Cincinnati WRs and TEs; They are young, and talented. They could possibly be the best core in the league this year if the Bengals can get their run game off the ground to alleviate the pressure off of Andy Dalton.
Being ranked 17th in the NFL in passing last season you might think I’m crazy. Maybe I am, but this core has the talent. They were 7th in total receiving touchdowns last season, and like I’ve already said, they are a young squad.
The obvious star in this offense is A.J. Green. With two 1,000 yd seasons in his first two years in the league he can only get better. A.J has the potential to be as good as Megatron, and with the depth the Bengals have at WR he will get a lot of looks. Look for Green to have at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards this season, and score a dozen touchdowns.
The next guy in line didn’t come out of the wood work until the last few games of the season last year. That guy is Mohamed Sanu. Another young talent, he is a tall, physical receiver. I expect him to establish himself as the sole number two guy this year. But that is the good thing about this offense, Dalton has so many targets. Andrew Hawkins, the slot play, is a small but quick WR. If he gets into the open field he can really do some damage to the secondary. The Bengals drafted another young WR by the name of Cobi Hamilton out of Arkansas. Don’t look for him to be the next A.J. Green, but he is another tall target for Dalton to hit downfield. Marvin Jones, Brandon Tate, and Dane Sanzenbacher fill out the rest of the depth chart as respectable receivers who all can be relied on for 3-5 receptions per game combined. They are no studs, but they are receivers that won’t let their QB down.
If you haven’t caught the trend yet the Bengals like to surround themselves with tall, athletic guys who can go up and snatch the ball before any cornerback or safety knows what is happening. With two solid Tight Ends, the Bengals are looking to hit a homerun like the Patriots did with their Gronk/Murderer Hernandez combo.
Jermaine Gresham is an interesting player. If you watch him play, he does not look like he would put up the numbers that he does, but he puts up very good numbers. Last year he had 64 receptions, which as a tight end AND having A.J. Green in the same offense is very respectable. I would like to see Gresham score more, but with all the weapons this offense has the ball is going to be spread around more, which is okay.
Tyler Eifert; I still don’t know how I feel about this pick. On draft day I wasn’t surprised at this pick, but there were a few other needs I felt like the Bengals could have addressed (i.e. Eddie Lacy). Although I wasn’t happy about this pick, that’s what the NFL is today, a pass happy league. Eifert is a huge guy, and has the athleticism to compete with anybody.
What this offense lacks in experience they make up for in raw talent to compete with any defense. And the Bengals plan on taking the AFC North and rest of the NFL by storm in 2013.