They then paired their franchise quarterback with a receiver for him to grow with in Tee Higgins. This pair was on pace to combine for over 1,000 yards prior to Burrow’s injury. Now it appears the second-year quarterback has liked what he has seen from his counterpart so far this offseason.
Joe Burrow said you can see a "big difference" in Tee Higgins this spring. Tee has worked on reshaping his body this offseason getting stronger and losing a little weight.— Marisa Contipelli (@BengalsMarisa) June 15, 2021
"We have some horses on offense that I'm real excited about. Tee's gonna have a big year."
This isn’t the first we have heard of Higgins offseason work paying off. Tyler Boyd mentioned that the young receiver looked like a completely different player. It is an idea that makes sense to people who stuck with watching the Bengals after Burrow’s injury as well.
Higgins didn’t light up the stat sheet too often without the former-Heisman quarterback, but you could see at times he was far more aggressive and able to make those contested, tough catches look more routine later in the season. It sound like that trend continued going into the offseason.
Plenty of the hype this offseason has gone to Cincinnati reuniting Ja’Marr Chase with Burrow, but it is safe to say that no one should be counting Higgins out from making plenty of plays himself. These two young wide receivers could make life easier for each other by getting better together. If both of their potentials pan out, how can a defense hope to cover them with Boyd also running wild in the middle?
It is easy to see what the Bengals have planned for this offense in the future, and Higgins has proven he is willing to put in the work to make sure those plans pan out. Probably has cutout more of the Hamburger Helper to make that happen.