Cincinnati Bengals have the best receiving body in AFC North
The Cincinnati Bengals reside in one of the toughest divisions in all of football and that has made their climb to the top of the AFC North quite difficult. Even with the competition stacked in their division, the Bengals have the best receiving body out of the four AFC North teams, at least according to PFF’s Steve Palazzolo.
Palazzolo placed the Bengals 12th in their ranking of 32 NFL teams receiving body, who narrowly beat the Browns (No.13). The Steelers came in at No.18 and the Ravens arrived at No.22.
Palazzolo had this to say about why he placed the Bengals at No.12:
Like many teams in the league, the receiving body is strong, but the tight end has few legitimate receiving threats. Last season, the Bengals’ tight ends posted a receiving rating of just 51.1, good for the 29th in the league. Drew Sample and CJ Uzomah return with Sample in the lead with 40 catches for just 349 yards (8.7 yards per catch) a year ago.
Palazzolo raves about the wide receivers in the Cincinnati roster, but had to ring the Bengals in his standings due to their uncertainty at the tight end. This ended up being the case for all teams in the division and honestly in most cases the tight end won’t be as strong for most teams.
Drew Sample could end up being a good tight end, but he’s yet to get big numbers in his two years with the pros. Meanwhile, CJ Uzomah has battled injury and even at his best, is not a game-changing tight end. Those are the two tight ends that Cincinnati is relying on for 2021, however.
Even with the tight lack of talent, the Bengals beating the Browns to be the best receiving body group says a lot about how this team has improved over the past year. Joe Burrow needs guns, so the Bengals have come out and reunited him with Ja’Marr Chase, his favorite target in his record breaking season at LSU.
The thing is, they didn’t even have to do it, but in doing so,
The Bengals’ receiving body is the best in AFC North.
When you look at the other teams in the AFC North corps, it’s not much of a shock that Cincinnati has been ahead of the rest in that department. While the Ravens have the best tight end in the division at Mark Andrews, their receiving situation could be better. The Steelers have an impressive receiving line-up, but the tight end is a bigger problem for them than for Cincinnati.
The Browns were right behind Cincinnati on this list, which was the most surprising aspect. Cleveland has already landed in the top 10 on all of these types of lists due to the presence of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry on their list. After the Browns’ offense apparently improved without OBJ, it showed that he may not be the cog in Cleveland’s offensive machine as many expected.
Really, it’s a judgment call between those two, as the Bengals have Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, Auden Tate, Sample and Uzomah while the Browns have Beckham, Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones , Austin Hooper and David Njoku. Cleveland certainly has the most impressive group on the tight end, but with the Bengals’ quality of wide receivers for 2021, no one will dispute placing them higher on the roster.
This is the right step for the Bengals as regards the start of competition in the division. If they want to make noise in the AFC North, having an explosive attack is a must.
Hope we don’t look back at this list and complain how inaccurate it was.