It’s fair to say that the Cincinnati Bengals‘ WR core is finally getting the respect it deserves from the national media. Just about every possible rankings article you open up on the internet has the Bengals’ unit near the top, if not at #1.

Even better than that, it seems like the respect now officially extends beyond Ja’Marr Chase. While the young wide receiver undoubtedly deserves elite recognition, it’s nice to see the rest of the Bengals’ receiver group getting well-earned love.

A huge part of it is veteran Tyler Boyd, who has averaged 936 yards per season in the last four years. Quietly but surely, Boyd has become one of the most consistently productive receivers in the league!

And perhaps even more discretely, he’s etching his name in Cincinnati Bengals’ history. In 2022, Boyd is poised to creep into the Top 10 players with the most career-receiving yards in franchise history.

That’s right, with 30 yards left to go to take Bob Trumpy’s* place in the Top 10, Boyd could be one game away from cracking the list.

*Note: Fun bit of trivia for you. Bob Trumpy has the second-highest yards per reception in a single season by a tight end in NFL history. In 1969, he averaged 22.6 yards per reception in 37 catches!

Different game back then, huh? With tight ends being targeted more and more in today’s NFL, it’s difficult to imagine a modern tight end having such a high average.

Nevertheless, the exciting record Boyd is seeking comes with a big question mark for Bengals fans. How much longer will the 27-year-old remain in Cincinnati?

After all, he’s signed through 2023 and the numbers dictate that he won’t be a cheap re-sign albeit he’s not expected to sign one of those top deals dominating the market today.

By that time, the Bengals will already be focused on Chase’s first contract extension. It shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s expected to reset the market if he continues playing at the level he displayed in Year 1.

The good news is, Boyd doesn’t seem to be interested in making noise about his contract, as noted in Kelsey Conway’s story for Cincinnati.com:

“When asked how he keeps himself from getting caught up in those conversations when he sees the contract numbers some of the other wide receivers are getting, Boyd said with a smile it’s not in his nature.” – Conway

For now, it’s all about playing football for one of the biggest fan favorites in Cincy. And it’s our privilege to enjoy it.

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