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Bengals roster breakdown, 90-in-90: Tyler Boyd

There has been a lot of talk about the new offensive weapons the Bengals acquired this offseason, but we shouldn’t forget Tyler Boyd who is poised to improve in his second season.

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Tyler Boyd is heading into what could be a terrific second season for the 2016 second round draft pick.

The Cincinnati Bengals have spent the offseason upgrading the team’s skill positions, which could really open things up for Boyd. In his rookie campaign, Boyd was solid and even had one of the best-ever rookie seasons by a Bengals wide receiver. Following that, there will be greater expectations for Boyd, especially considering the new talent around him. The former Pittsburgh Panthers receiver will need to step up and prove himself to fend off his teammates and earn playing time in his second year in the NFL.

Tyler Boyd

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 197 pounds

Position: Wide receiver

College: Pittsburgh University

Hometown: Clairton, PA

Experience: Second-year player in 2017

Cap Status

Boyd is in the second-year of his four-year $4,258,969 rookie contract. He will make $643,589 this season. His cap hit for 2017 is $967,947, and it only increases to $1.16 million in 2018 and then $1.355 million in 2019. Boyd is set to become a free agent in 2020, according to Sportrac.


Boyd had a fairly successful career at Pittsburgh. He exploded on the scene during his freshman season with 85 catches and over 1,000 yards. His numbers took a dip his junior season after Tom Savage took his talents to the NFL.

Boyd left college early and declared for the NFL Draft in 2016, during which the Bengals drafted him in the second round with the 55th overall pick.

Once in the NFL, defenses made it rough for the Bengals’ offense all season. Teams tried to take away A.J. Green and make Boyd and others beat them. Andy Dalton was still developing trust with Boyd, and he was also getting rushed at a uncommon rate for a Bengals rookie. Boyd’s numbers were inconsistent all season, but then again the whole offense was. He surprisingly didn’t benefit much in the boxscore when Green went down with injury, though he did have a four game stretch after Green’s injury where he caught 21 passes for 231 yards and his only touchdown of the season. Overall, he had 54 catches for 603 yards and 1 touchdown on the season.

Roster Odds

Boyd isn’t in risk of being let go this offseason. He is a second round pick who contributed nicely as a rookie and will continue to do so, mostly from the slot.

That said, Boyd’s stats likely won’t take a huge jump this year, considering the amount of talent around him. With players like Green, Tyler Eifert, John Ross, and even Joe Mixon who will get involved in the passing game, it is going to be hard to feed all those mouths. The thing that could change is how consistent his numbers are.

Last season, teams were daring Dalton to have Boyd and Brandon LaFell beat them. Opposing defenses loaded up the short and intermediate zones which made the passing windows to Boyd pretty small. Additionally, Boyd’s chemistry with Dalton was developing all season and will hopefully start off at a higher level in 2017.

Going into his second season things look completely different as defenses will need to game plan appropriately for the team’s new weapons and some attention defenses had been paying to him last season which go away as they need to pay more attention to Green, Eifert, Ross and Mixon. Green and Eifert rarely played together last year as both spent time injured and the Bengals’ top two draft picks this year also bring an exciting element to the offense.

One good thing going for Boyd is that Green has said he has faith in the second-year receiver, as well as the other young receivers.

“They can all make plays all over the field,” Green told “I feel like we’re getting back to where we were in 2015 with Marvin, Mo. I feel like once TB (Boyd) gets settled in, he’ll be able to play faster because now he knows what to do and the way CC is coming along, and after adding Ross and adding Mixon, I feel like we’re getting back to that 2015 roster.”

The Bengals’ offense should naturally improve this offseason with all of the new talent and even if Boyd isn’t the biggest part of that, he will play a crucial role in the slot.

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