The defending AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, will experience life as the hunted and not the hunter in 2022. If their revamped offensive line is serviceable, one position group will assist in the Bengals not becoming prey, their wide receivers.

Bleacher Report compiled a list of the top wide receiver trios in the NFL. Sitting atop the list were the Bengals and their dynamic group of pass catchers featuring Ja’Marr Chase Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd.

Kristopher Knox on the Bengals’ receivers:

“Ja’Marr Chase set an NFL rookie record with 1,455 yards along with 13 touchdowns on 81 receptions. Unsurprisingly, he was a Pro Bowler and named Offensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts.

Far from a one-man show, the Bengals offense also featured Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, two of the best complementary receivers in football.

Higgins caught 74 passes for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. Boyd, as the third option, caught 67 balls for 828 yards and five scores. Simply put, Burrow had the ability to go three-wide at receiver and find a mismatch on almost any given play last season.”

Not only did all three guys have productive campaigns in the regular season, but they also performed well in the postseason. Chase, after garnering second-team All-Pro honors, had back-to-back 100-yard games for the Bengals in the first two rounds. Higgins had multiple 100-yard games also, but they came during the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, and although Boyd didn’t reach those numbers, caught nine of his 12 targets in those same games.

What makes this trio so intriguing is that they have only played one season together, and the argument can be made by anyone, not just Bleacher Report, that they stand above the rest. Also, with Chase and Higgins going into their second and third seasons respectively with the Bengals, and Boyd only being 27, their collective excellence as a group may have just gotten started.

Then there’s the quarterback for the Bengals, Joe Burrow. After a terrible knee injury that ended his rookie season, Burrow resembled his days at LSU when he won the Heisman Trophy by throwing for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns. 3,374 yards and 23 touchdowns came from Chase, Higgins, and Boyd which shows the chemistry they have with Burrow, and that will only get better as the seasons’ pass.

Young, productive, and willing to step up in the biggest moments are perfect ways to describe the Bengals’ top three receivers. With the talent they have, it’s doubtful that 2021 was just a flash-in-the-pan type of deal.

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