The Cincinnati Bengals would be an ideal landing spot for a veteran free agent running back, according to CBS Sports.
Tyler Sullivan, an NFL writer for CBS Sports, listed free agent running back Devontae Booker as a good fit in Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Bengals were the Cinderella of the 2021 season, as they were able to explode on offense and reach the Super Bowl. Part of their success offensively was the career year from running back Joe Mixon. While Mixon rushed for more yards and touchdowns than he had at any other point in his career, he also put a lot of miles on his tires. His 334 touches and 697 snaps on offense were career-highs in the regular season, and he added 85 more touches during the postseason. While the 25-year-old can withstand that level of work at this point of his prime, it wouldn’t hurt the Bengals to get some depth behind him to keep him fresh. That’s where Booker can come in. Booker is a solid RB2 who has shown an ability to perform well in spot starts if need be.
This isn’t a major need for the Bengals, but Sullivan makes a good point. Mixon was one of the few “bell-cow” running backs in the NFL last season (Mixon received the third most carries in the NFL last season with 292). He held up last year, but he’s missed significant action in the past.
Adding a veteran like Booker, who has plenty of experience and can catch the ball out of the backfield, would be a good way to take some of the load off of Mixon.
The Bengals did a great job this offseason of addressing their biggest needs. The only needs that remain now are adding some depth to make sure this team has enough juice for another playoff run.
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