Player Spotlight: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Featured Mouth Guards: Tyler Boyd has been seen wearing a White and Gold Beast mouthguard, a White and Gold Grill mouthguard, White Orange and Black Fanged mouthguard, Tyler Boyd has also been seen wearing our grey flying tiger mouth guard and our white and black 3D Beast mouthguard
Tyler Boyd, the Cincinnati Bengals’ number two wide receiver, is poised to have a breakout year in 2020.
Cincinnati selected Boyd in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he’ll enter his fifth season with the team this year. The University of Pittsburgh product started just three games in his first two seasons, totaling 828 yards and three touchdowns on 76 receptions.
However, Boyd made a giant leap in 2018, starting 14 games for the Bengals. He finished the season with 1028 yards and seven touchdowns on 76 receptions, solidifying his role on the team and making a name for himself in the NFL. In 2020, he proved that the previous year wasn’t a fluke by catching 90 passes and accumulating 1046 yards and five touchdowns. Quarterback Andy Dalton targeted Boyd 148 times in 2019 as he took over the number one receiver slot for the injured A.J. Green.
With Dalton now in Dallas, Boyd will catch passes from incoming rookie and number one overall pick Joe Burrow. Burrow, a five-year college quarterback who didn’t receive a starting role until he was a junior, just completed what was arguably the best season of any college quarterback ever. In his final year at that level, Burrow finished with an incredible 402 completions and 60 touchdowns for the LSU Tigers in route to a National Championship. He connected on 76.3% of his passes and threw just six interceptions.
Dalton, though solid, was never able to lift the Bengals out of mediocrity. Burrow, on the other hand, has the potential to shape Cincinnati into a playoff team in the near future. Not only will he have Boyd lining up on the outside, but he’ll likely have A.J. Green as well. Green, who’s set to begin his ninth straight season with the Bengals, played in a career-low nine games last year due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in training camp. He’s been the Bengals’ best offensive weapon during most of his career, topping 1000 receiving yards in all but two seasons and seven or more touchdowns in five. Green is also a seven-time Pro Bowler.
The Bengals finished with the worst record in the NFL last season at 2-14, winning them the draft’s top pick and Burrow. They ranked 30th in points scored and 25th in points allowed. Green’s absence definitely factored into the team’s poor offensive production. Cincinnati ranked 19th in passing yards, but they ended up ranked 28th in passing touchdowns, 25th in rushing yards, and 26th in rushing touchdowns. Boyd’s resurgence and Green’s return should open up the field for the team’s run game and give Burrow the leeway to make some mistakes as he adjusts to the next level.
Green’s presence may diminish Boyd’s production, but they should both enjoy having a dynamic young quarterback with incredible accuracy and a big arm. With opposing defenses keyed-in on Green, Boyd will be able to take advantage of easier matchups and utilize his vertical speed.
The Bengals’ future looks bright.