2021 Team Outlook: Cincinnati Bengals
We have decided to take a look at all 32 NFL teams ahead of the preseason and break down the team position by position. Of course we will be finding all kinds of names that we desperately want to find signed jerseys, autographed helmets and all sorts of sports collectibles in our NFL live breaks. Today we will take a look at the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are now in the 3rd year of Zac Taylors tenure. Although he took the job with most people knowing it would be a probable rebuild, he needs to start showing some results in year 3. The good news is, they are starting to assemble a team that can get the job done. Let’s take a look at their roster.
Joe Burrow was really starting to ascend, when a devastating injury ended his season. The good news is that he is back on his feet and it looks like he should be good to go week 1. This offense has been made for him and we expect him to knock on the door of potential top 10 quarterback numbers this season. Want to find Joe Burrow signed memorabilia before it hits our sports mystery boxes? Click Here!
The Bengals lost Gio Bernard in free agency and added Pooka Williams late in the draft and Chris Evans as an undrafted free agent. All this points to Joe Mixon being a major workhorse back in 2021. His offensive coordinator was even quoted as saying “I don’t want Joe (Mixon) to leave the field.” He will likely have monster numbers in 2021.
This team was already looking good with how well Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd had been playing. That being said, they likely brought in the new wide receiver 1 on the team in the form of Jamarr Chase. That trio could easily become the top unit in the league over the next season or 2. This passing game should be something special to watch.
This isn't an awe inspiring group, but Drew Sample has a chance to really cement himself as a good 2 way tight end this season being competent in both the receiving game as well as being a blocker. CJ Uzomah is also still on this squad but likely in a more complimentary pass catching role.
The offensive line (outside of Jonah Williams) was really poor last season. However, with the additions of Riley Reiff and Jackson Carman, this group could ascend to the middle of the pack if everything goes well.
Mid-season, this team traded one of the biggest staples of this defense in the form of Carlos Dunlap. Outside of Sam Hubbard there are not a lot of recognizable names. DJ Reader and Larry Ogunjobi have both had some success with other franchises so hopefully they can make a big impact for the Bengals in 2021. If not… It could be a long season for this defensive line.
This is another group of mostly no namers. The team has spent many mid-round picks on the position but so far none of the players have been exceptional. Zach Wilson is a young player that has some upside, but overall this group really needs a facelift.
This is the best part of the defense. Specifically the combination of John Bates and Vonn Bell at the safety positions is particularly lethal. Eli Apple was added to Awuzie, Phillips and Waynes at cornerback in the offseason which adds some nice depth.