The close of the 2018 season is upon us with Super Bowl LIII, as the Los Angeles Rams get set to take on the New England Patriots. And, as always, the biggest sporting event of the year comes with many festivities.
For the second time in a month, Cincy Jungle and The Orange and Black Insider Bengals podcast had the privilege of catching up with Bengals receiver, Tyler Boyd. He’s become quite the media darling since the conclusion of his breakout 2018 campaign, in which he notched his first 1,000-yard season.
Last month, we asked him about a variety of things, including what offseason practices helped him the most this past season, his touchdown celebrations and more. Now, with Zac Taylor all but officially being named as the Bengals head coach, we talked with Boyd about the Rams’ style of offense coming to Cincinnati, what he’s going to be working on this year, and some interesting facets about himself outside of football.
“Just seeing the production the Rams’ offense had, that’s the type of offense me and the rest of the guys love,” Boyd said of Taylor’s Super Bowl pedigree coming into the team’s locker room. “A younger guy coming in will just bring a lot more ‘juice’ because I think he can relate a lot more with the players. I think that’s the kind of juice that we need for this team to get to that other point.”
Los Angeles had the No. 2 overall offense this season, including No. 2 in passing offense and the No. 3 rushing attack. They also featured two 1,200-plus-yard receivers in Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, as Taylor undoubtedly looks to bring some of the same nuances to the Bengals’ offense.
“The Rams’ receivers are great over there—real fast, real good,” Boyd said. “But, I think the difference for a new coach coming in and coaching me and A.J. (Green) is that we got length—we’re taller guys. We’re fast and we’re mobile, so I think that’s going to be the extra edge of his (Taylor’s) scheme.
“It’s going to be a lot easier for the guys on the offense to go out...we’ve got range, we’re tall, every guy’s catch radius is unbelievable,” Boyd continued about his hopes for the Bengals’ 2019 offense. “So, I just think we have that extra element over the Rams in our receiving corps.”
I also asked No. 83 about what facet of his craft he plans to work on this offseason to build off of his solid 2018 campaign. Boyd talked about honing his “quick twitch” skills and making sure he’s “explosive” in 2019. If he can build upon his stat line of 76 receptions, 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns, with the perennial Pro Bowler Green coming back healthy, as he recently proclaimed, the sky should be the limit for Taylor and the offense this coming season.
Boyd also said he’ll be going to a low-profile event to watch the big game, and he just might have Doritos as his go-to snack while watching his next head coach clash against New England. Be sure to check out the entire interview in the audio clip below, or in the above-embedded YouTube clip!
Tyler Boyd joined us courtesy of Panini America, Inc., and is working with the youth down in Atlanta during Super Bowl week with their support. You can check out www.paniniamerica.net to check out all of the neat sports collectables they offer the biggest fans. Our thanks to Mr. Boyd and Panini for the opportunity to chat!
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