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PFF analyst thinks Bengals can make playoffs in 2021

Pro Football Focus analyst Anthony Treash thinks that the Bengals can be a playoff team within the next few years.

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Dan Hoard spoke with PFF analyst Anthony Treash to talk about the draft and free agency on the Bengals Booth Podcast.

Treash told Hoard about all of the moves that the Bengals could make over the offseason to improve for the 2021 season.

Towards the end of the segment, after Treash discussed all of the possible moves, Hoard asked him how good the Bengals could be next season.

“They’ve followed your ‘What to do’ blueprint this offseason.” Hoard said. “How good can the Bengals be if they execute those moves?”

“I think they can be a playoff team,” said Treash. “It’s gonna be tough next year in year one, but the year after that, I think that would put them in that very competitive team status.”

Treash said that the division is going to be competitive, so it will be difficult for the Bengals to emerge from the AFC North. Though he thinks the Steelers will decline, the Ravens and the Browns are going to be tough opponents in the future.

Overall, Treash was optimistic about the Bengals. He said that they had enough cap space to make the moves they needed to in free agency. He also mentioned that Joe Burrow was performing as well as one of the best quarterbacks in the league before his injury.

According to Treash, the Bengals need to sign a guard or two in the offseason, re-sign William Jackson, get a slot cornerback, and draft Ja’Marr Chase. That’s all they need to do to become a competitive team again.