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Strategizing the Cincinnati Bengals’ Roster: Addressing Gaps and Drafting Tactics

The Cincinnati Bengals face several potential gaps in their roster that need addressing, although only a few are urgent. Some of these crucial positions might also be filled through free agency. The team’s fortunes in the coming months will significantly shape their future, especially with ample cap space available for potential upgrades.

With players like Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd possibly leaving in free agency, unless Higgins is retained via a franchise tag, the Bengals could face a significant loss of talent. However, they have the opportunity to replenish their roster through the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

While the priority should be to re-sign Higgins and possibly replace Boyd with players drafted last year, adding more weapons for quarterback Joe Burrow would undoubtedly benefit the team.

Looking ahead, ESPN’s Matt Miller released his latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft, suggesting the Bengals might select Brian Thomas Jr. from LSU with the 18th pick and Ja’Tavion Sanders, a tight end from Texas, with the 49th pick.

Miller believes Thomas could be an excellent replacement for Higgins if the latter’s demands exceed Cincinnati’s budget. Thomas showcased impressive skills in 2023, leading the nation in touchdowns with 17, despite needing refinement in route running. Sanders, on the other hand, is seen as a versatile tight end who could add a new dimension to the Bengals’ offense.

While the departure of Higgins would create a void, addressing it in the first round and acquiring a top-tier tight end like Sanders could lay the groundwork for sustained offensive success in the long term, even though retaining Higgins remains the preferred scenario.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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