Suddenly, Tyler Boyd had become the veteran in the Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver group. At only 26 years old, he already has five years of experience in the NFL.
The other two projected starting wide receivers, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, are far behind in terms of experience.
But Boyd thinks that Higgins’ one year of experience is paying off already.
“(Higgins) looks like a completely different player than last year,” Boyd told Geoff Hobson, according to the Bengals website. “He came into camp injured and now he’s been through a season. Once you’ve been through a season, you kind of know you belong. He’s got that confidence. I see that in him now and that’s what we need.
“His hands are pure, kind of like mine. He’s starting to develop into a good route runner. He’s striding out. He’s starting to become a whole different player in terms of getting better in each area. Catching, running routes and running after the catch. I think this year he’ll make a lot more plays after the catch. That will be the biggest improvement in his game.”
Boyd also told Hobson that getting yards after the catch was one area where the whole team needed to improve.
“Not to say we’re not doing well after the catch, but we need to stretch them. It’s time to break the tackle and go. We have to be playmakers. We do everything else well. Separate. Catch the ball. But we have to stretch it.”
If Higgins can add run after the catch to his repertoire, then he will be a dangerous receiver. Then if you factor in Boyd and Chase, then the Bengals’ offense should have no trouble scoring points.