The Cincinnati Bengals opened a lot of eyes with the run they went on during the postseason following the 2021 regular season. They won their first playoff game in 30 years, defeating the Las Vegas Raider during Super Wild Card Weekend before going on to beat the No. 1 seeded Tennessee Titans and No. 2 seed Kansas City Chiefs on the road the following two weeks.
While their run was stopped by the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, it was still a memorable run. The Bengals have the pieces to have success for years to come and a lot of that optimism is because of Joe Burrow at quarterback.
Burrow has quickly become one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and he can produce such gaudy numbers because of the excellent skill position players around him. A lot of attention is given to his college teammate from LSU, Ja’Marr Chase, but he is far from the only weapon on this offense.
Running back Joe Mixon continues to produce at a high level and Tyler Boyd is one of the best slot receivers in the NFL. Sometimes flying under the radar opposite of Chase is Tee Higgins.
Higgins was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Clemson and has been excellent in his first two seasons with the Bengals. His production took a big leap in his second season, as he improved his yards per game by 21.1 and had his first 1,000-yard season.
Despite Burrow being sidelined at training camp, Higgins has continued to light things up. He made an incredible catch recently in practice in the corner of the endzone showcasing his abilities once again.
There are plenty of teams around the NFL where Higgins would be the clear-cut No. 1 option in the passing game. Having him as the second or third option, depending on the game plan, is quite a luxury for Burrow to have.
Higgins was just as productive during the postseason run as he was in the regular season. He is poised for another big season in 2022 as the Bengals look to cement themselves as contenders in the AFC.