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Bengals News (11/8): Receivers ready to step up in place of A.J. Green

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The young receivers of the Bengals are ready to have a big game with A.J. Green likely out a few weeks.

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Young Receivers Seek That Break-Out Game
Tyler Boyd says he’s looking at Chad Johnson touchdown celebrations from the previous decade to get inspiration if he gets into the end zone Sunday (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) against the Saints at Paul Brown Stadium in continuing the NFL’s salute to the old-time diva receivers. But with no one expecting A.J. Green to play Sunday, it’s time for the younger receivers behind Green and Boyd to look at Johnson’s first 19 games during his first two years in the league, when he got into the end zone just twice.

Quick Hits: Bengals Prep Without A.J.; Tez, Quez On Rehab Field; Price Looks Ready
The day after the midterms one elephant surfaced in the Bengals locker room before practice for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 19) at Paul Brown Stadium against the Saints. No one said it officially, but everyone knows that their best player, wide receiver A.J. Green (toe), won’t play. He was nowhere to be found, which means he wasn’t on the rehab field and that gets the antenna up. They just don’t know how much time he’ll be out.

Dalton, Lewis News Conference Transcripts - 11/7
“He’s so efficient. He’s in total control of what they’re doing. You look at how many balls he’s completed, it’s 76 percent or something like that. It’s crazy high. He knows exactly where to go with the ball. He’s been doing it forever. He’s been so efficient throughout his whole career.”

Bengals to trot out undefeated jersey combo vs. Saints
Needing a strong performance out of a bye week after going 1-2 over their last three, the Bengals will use orange jerseys again this season while wearing an undefeated combo:

Cincinnati Bengals: Boyd, Uzomah only proven receiving targets
Now, the Bengals (5-3) are trying to figure out who they can count on while Green is out with a toe injury suffered at the end of the Oct. 28 game against Tampa Bay. Heading into Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints (7-1), Boyd is the only proven target left among the receivers, and C.J. Uzomah is the last of the tight ends left from the original roster at the beginning of the season.

Payton on Saints and Bengals match-up via weekly conference call
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints will attempt to win eight straight games in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history and maintain or build on their one-game NFC South Division lead over Carolina when they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Noon (CT). The game can be seen on WVUE FOX 8.

Bengals notes: What the defense can't do versus the New Orleans Saints
A common message among Bengals defenders during the off week, according to cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, centered on the letdown at Kansas City two weeks ago.

Offensive line feeds off negativity to help keep Bengals afloat
“No one wanted us, man,” Hart said. “Shoot. He was undrafted, I went seventh round and got kicked out of New York. We tell each other that before every game. Nobody wanted us. Each snap we get is a blessing. We get to prove that we belong.”

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