Cincinnati also had a solid draft, landing a potential replacement for safety Jessie Bates in the first round by drafting Michigan safety Daxton Hill. The Bengals also added a starting-caliber cornerback in Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt.
There’s still one area, however, that needs to be addressed.
The Athletic pointed out this week that the Bengals still need to add another wide receiver to the roster.
Cincinnati has three terrific wide receivers in Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins. That might be the best wide receiver threesome in the NFL. But the Bengals don’t have a lot of depth beyond those three wide receivers.
The Bengals went into the draft intent on adding a receiver, ideally one with punt return ability, but they traded away a pair of picks to move up in both the second and fifth rounds, leaving their most top-heavy position group lacking in depth. They’ve targeted a couple of receivers/returners with their undrafted free agent signings, but they will look at the veteran free agent market as well. The same goes for tight end, with none on the roster signed beyond 2022
If the Bengals sign a free agent wide receiver this offseason, it will be purely for depth purposes. Which means you shouldn’t expect to see Cincinnati in the mix for a top free agent wide receiver like Jarvis Landry or Julio Jones.
It’s much more likely that Cincy signs a player like former Jacksonville Jaguars/New York Jets wide receiver Keelan Cole.
The Bengals can’t assume that their fearsome wide receiver trio will stay healthy this season. That’s obviously the hope, but Cincinnati needs a contingency plan in case of injury.
The Bengals don’t need to spend a lot on a fourth wide receiver, but it’s definitely a need they need to address before the start of training camp.
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