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WR Tyler Boyd - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 197Born: 11-15-1993College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 2, pick 2016

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Week 15: vs Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Good matchup. Andy Dalton was lost for the season in a Week 12 loss to the Browns. Backup Jeff Driskel has been decent in relief. He has at least taken care of the ball (one interception on 100 attempts this season) and has been relatively efficient (66.6% completion percentage). The problem is that big plays have been few and far between, with Driskel averaging just 6.5 yards per attempt. Most of the issues with the Bengals pass offense are not quarterback related. The Bengals starting offensive tackles are amongst the worst in the league and the matchups the last two weeks against the Broncos (Von Miller and Bradley Chubb) and Chargers (Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram) edge rushers have been brutal. Cincinnati's offensive line will get a reprieve this week against Oakland's toothless pass rush that ranks 32nd in sack percentage. Cincinnati also has issues at wide receiver without A.J. Green. His absence has allowed opposing defenses to devote extra attention to Tyler Boyd, who has still been fairly productive since ascending to WR1. He has at least 52 receiving yards in six straight games. One week after facing arguably the toughest slot cornerback in the league (Desmond King), Boyd will get to face one of the worst (Nick Nelson). Oakland's pass defense allows a league-high 8.4 yards per attempt. The only reason the defense hasn't given up huge yardage totals is that opponents have often built up early leads, which has led to Oakland facing the fewest passing attempts per game (29.5) against. With Khalil Mack traded before the season, the Raiders lack of an impact pass rusher has been glaring. The defense ranks dead last in sack percentage (2.8% of attempts). The Raiders are letting their trio of rookie defensive linemen (Arden Key, Maurice Hurst, and PJ Hall) learn on the job and there have been growing pains. Oakland is also giving up passing touchdowns in bunches, allowing a whopping 31 passing touchdowns already this season. The Raiders have allowed at least two touchdowns to 12 of the 13 quarterbacks they have faced this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at BAL 52 0 0 0 11 4 71 0 0 7.1
12 vs CLE 72 0 0 0 8 7 85 1 0 14.5
13 vs DEN 66 0 0 0 8 6 97 0 0 9.7
14 at LAC 64 0 0 0 6 3 52 0 0 5.2
15 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
15 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
15 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Tyler Boyd's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

Boyd had a solid game but wasn't as heavily targeted as expected. He caught a post for a 19-yard gain to get the Bengals into the red zone. Boyd made a diving catch on an out route for a 13-yard gain. He also caught a 20-yard past on a post route. Boyd drew a holding penalty in the end one in the final minutes of the game to set up a touchdown.

2018 Week 13 vs DEN (8 / 6 / 97 / 0 rec)

Boyd continues to play great football. He made a diving grab deep down the seam for a 22-yard gain to setup the Bengals first field goal. He also had a 20-yard gain on a sweet route where he faked inside and pivoted outside and hauled it in along the sideline. A couple plays later, he made a 23-yard diving grab down the seam. On both plays, he got up slowly and looked to be favoring his right side. He left the game briefly but was able to return and finish out the game. With Green lost for the season, Boyd will remain the go-to player for the Bengals passing offense down the stretch. He showed a real chemistry with Jeff Driskel, which bodes well for his ability to remain productive without Andy Dalton in the lineup.

2018 Week 12 vs CLE (8 / 7 / 85 / 1 rec)

Boyd's play was the lone bright spot on an otherwise dismal day for the Bengals. He caught all but one target and even that incompletion was impressive. Boyd made a fantastic mid-air adjustment and nearly was able to pull it in along the sideline. He was able to get open on a post route for a 28-yard touchdown deep down the middle. Boyd made a number of tough contested catches against tight coverage, confidently snatching the ball with his hands. His best play didn't even count. Boyd went up over a pair of Browns defenders to steal the ball out of their hands for a 47-yard reception just shy of the end zone. The play came back due to a flag for an illegal shift.

2018 Week 11 vs BAL (11 / 4 / 71 / 0 rec)

Seemingly every third down, Boyd was targeted. In fact, 9 out of Boyd's 11 targets came on 3rd down. Unfortunately, the Ravens were always aware of where Boyd was lined up and dropped extra defenders in that area. It made life extremely difficult for Dalton, Boyd, and the Bengals offense. What were often easy completions in past weeks with multiple defenders focused on A.J. Green, were instead extremely difficult attempts into a crowd without Green on the field. Boyd did still make a few big plays, however. He came up with a number of clutch grabs to keep drives alive. The biggest came with five minutes to play. Boyd ran a wheel route from the slot and made a sweet over the shoulder catch for a 32-yard gain on 3rd-and-long to put the Bengals in position for a game-tying field goal (which was missed).

2018 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)

Without A.J. Green, the Saints were often able to devote multiple defenders to slowing down Boyd. For better or worse, Dalton didn't try to force it to Boyd through double coverage and Boyd saw a season-low four targets. When the ball was actually thrown to Boyd, he looked fantastic. He is quick in and out of his breaks and attacks the ball away from his body, catching with his hands. Boyd's surprisingly low target total was a product of multiple factors. The Bengals came out run-heavy early and moved the ball with Mixon. The offense also simply wasn't on the field much, with the Saints winning the time of possession battle 2-to-1. Dalton attempted just 20 passes and had to take a few extra deep shots to John Ross because the Bengals needed points in a hurry to have any chance. Increased defensive attention due to the absence of A.J. Green was also a factor but perhaps not as much of an issue as was the game script.

2018 Week 8 vs TB (10 / 9 / 138 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Boyd dominated the first half of the game. He caught a 22-yard pass over the middle on the opening drive. He was slow getting up and went to the sideline temporarily but was right back in to open the next drive, where he took a fly sweep for a short loss. Boyd caught a 28-yard pass down the left sideline and dove toward the pylon. He looked like he might have scored but was ruled down just shy of the goal line. The Bengals didn't challenge, instead going quickly and running it in for the score on the next play. Boyd did a nice job dragging his toes along the sideline for an 8-yard gain to convert a third down. Dalton hit Boyd for a 9-yard touchdown on a pretty back shoulder fade from the slot. Boyd showed his flexibility twisting against his momentum to adjust and make the catch. Dalton's trust in Boyd to allow him to make these kinds of plays has grown by leaps and bounds this season. The middle of the field was wide open for much of the first half and Boyd had other chunk gains of 19 and 26 yards.

2018 Week 7 vs KC (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Boyd was a non-factor until midway through the third quarter when he caught three passes in a four play stretch. He extended high for a 9-yard gain on a pass over the middle and then snagged passes of 5 and 13 yards to help setup a field goal. Dalton seemed to only have eyes for A.J. Green and rarely looked Boyd's direction outside of the one drive.

2018 Week 6 vs PIT (9 / 7 / 62 / 2 rec)

It was another standout performance for Boyd who had one of the best games of his career. While a couple of the other receivers struggled to catch the ball in the cold, rainy conditions, Boyd grabbed everything thrown near him. He extended for a diving 2-yard touchdown catch on third down. He ran an out route and had plenty of separation but Dalton had to loft it over the linebacker, which meant Boyd had to lay out and grab it with his hands and make sure he got his arms under the ball as he went to the end zone. Boyd's second touchdown came just before halftime. He ran a simple out route against the single coverage of Artie Burns. Burns seemed to be caught flat footed by the little inside fake before Boyd broke it out and Boyd had huge separation to make the 14-yard touchdown look easy. Boyd and Dalton hooked up on a pair of big plays on scramble drill plays three weeks ago against Carolina and nearly had another big one against the Steelers. Dalton broke the pocket and sprinted to his left, lofting it high down the left sideline where Boyd grabbed it for a 39-yard gain. The play was called back due to holding, though. Boyd showed off his hands on a couple other plays, going down to snag one just above the turf on one of Dalton's few poor throws and hanging on through contact for a tough 16-yard catch over the middle.

2018 Week 5 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Boyd made a big catch early He hauled it in along the sideline between the cornerback and safety for a gain of 31 yards and was able to maintain possession despite taking a big hit. Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet game for Boyd. Not having John Ross or Tyler Eifert on the field led to more defensive attention and less space to operate.

2018 Week 4 vs ATL (15 / 11 / 100 / 0 rec)

Boyd was the go-to receiver for the Bengals in Week 4. He made an incredible number of key third and fourth-down catches to keep drives going. He was especially key on the game-winning drive. He caught a 3rd-and-long pass early on the drive and came up with a pair of 4th-down catches with the game on the line. Boyd has clearly earned the trust of both Dalton and the Bengals offensive coaching staff. He knows where to be, runs precise routes, and has extremely reliable hands. For the most part, there wasn't anything fancy about Boyd's routes on Sunday. A.J. Green was often seeing double-coverage on the outside, which left Boyd one-on-one and he was consistently able to take advantage. Boyd noted after the game that when he was single-covered in the slot on third or fourth down, he knew the ball was probably coming his way. He won his individual matchups and was especially effective operating in the middle of the field against a Falcons defense that is incredibly soft over the middle with all of their injuries on that side of the ball. Boyd saw many of his targets after Tyler Eifert. The two both operate primarily in the middle of the field, so it makes sense Boyd would pick up some targets that would have gone to Eifert. On the other hand, the imminent return of Joe Mixon may negatively impact Boyd. Without much of an inside run game, the Bengals have been forced to spread the field and use short passes to Boyd almost as an extension of the running game. The offense could look more traditional with less spread and less shotgun next week.

2018 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 132 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Boyd was the star of the game for the Bengals, leading the team in receiving for the second-straight week. Boyd's first few touches came on plays designed to get him the ball in space. The first was a short crossing route off of play action. The next came on a jet sweep handoff. He caught a 23-yard pass on a deep out route. Boyd did most of his damage late in the game, after A.J. Green left with injury to leave Boyd as the clear top remaining receiver. Boyd had a 27-yard touchdown reception on a scramble drill. Dalton escaped the pocket and sprinted toward the sideline while Boyd ran in the same direction across the back of the end zone. Boyd's other big gain, a 49-yard catch, came on a similar broken play with Dalton scrambling to the left. Boyd sprinted downfield and got behind the defense, allowing Dalton to loft it deep down the sideline to him.

2018 Week 2 vs BAL (9 / 6 / 91 / 1 rec)

Boyd is emerging as the #2 target in the Bengals offense and actually led the team in receptions, receiving yards, and targets (tied with A.J. Green at 9). He played 58 snaps (76%), 13 more than John Ross. Boyd starred on a late first-half drive. His first big gain was a 22-yard catch on a back-shoulder fade. Dalton had a free play after getting the Ravens to jump offsides and threw it deep down the right sideline, where Boyd made a great play on the ball. A few plays later, he caught a 3rd-and-long pass over the middle for a 17-yard gain to set the Bengals up 1st-and-goal. He finished the drive off with a 14-yard touchdown catch on a crossing route over the middle. He caught the ball in a soft spot in the zone just in front of a linebacker and then out sprinted him to the end zone. Boyd is playing with a lot of confidence right now and is one of Dalton's favorite targets.

2018 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Boyd took most of the snaps in two-wide receiver sets and played 87% of the snaps overall. His 5 targets against the Colts were third on the team behind only A.J. Green and Joe Mixon. Boyd made a key play late, picking up 17 yards on a 3rd-and-long to keep the chains moving. He caught the ball short but found room to run down the right sideline. Boyd also made one of the most important plays of the game recovering an A.J. Green fumble amidst a trio of Colts.

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Latest News

Bengals | Three grabs for Tyler Boyd (Sun Dec 9, 09:35 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd caught three of his six targets for 52 yards in a 26-21 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 14.

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Bengals | Tyler Boyd interested in contract extension (Sat Dec 8, 11:44 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he would be open to signing a contract extension during the offseason, as opposed to waiting to test the free agency waters after his rookie deal expires following the 2019 season.

Our View: The Bengals have made a lot of prudent moves extending their own before free agency, so this would match their frugal way of doing business. AJ Green is a free agent in 2020, so Boyd could be the #1 again in two years if he stays in Cincinnati.
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Bengals | Tyler Boyd just misses triple digits (Sun Dec 2, 06:05 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd posted six receptions for 97 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

Our View: Boyd is set up to be a reliable play down the stretch with AJ Green likely sidelined. He's been one of the few bright spots for the Bengals offense lately.
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Schedule

15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers