The offense was one of the weak points in 2016, putting up inconsistent numbers from week to week and at times struggling to move the ball. It was clear the team had to rely heavily on star wide receiver A.J. Green without much help. That was partially attributed to several newcomers in the fold, including Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd. More changes are coming now with the additions of John Ross and Josh Malone, who both bring quickness. Malone, 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, also brings size.
How he fits: The Bengals like to keep their draft picks, so it seems that five of potentially six spots are already locked up, with roster spots allocated to Green, LaFell, Boyd, Ross and Malone. That leaves the sixth spot open for competition, but kick returner Alex Erickson’s job got tougher now that the Bengals added Mixon and Ross, who can both return kicks, as well. With two new wide receivers, the Bengals could be mixing and matching often this year.
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