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  • Bengals' Tee Higgins: Finishes with 908 yards

    Higgins (hamstring) finished his rookie season with 67 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns on 108 targets.

    Higgins played all 16 games, though he took just 15 snaps in Week 1 and three snaps in Week 17. In the eight games he and Joe Burrow both started and finished, Higgins averaged 5.0 catches for 75.4 yards and 0.5 TDs. The young wideout then averaged 4.8 catches for 55.8 yards and 0.4 TDs while playing with backup quarterbacks Weeks 12-16, before injuring his hamstring in the first quarter of the season finale. Higgins should return to health long before Burrow, who will be about 10 months removed from tearing his ACL when the 2021 regular season kicks off.

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  • Bengals' Cethan Carter: Serves as blocker 2020

    Carter hauled in one of two targets for a 21-yard gain in the Bengals' Week 17 loss to the Ravens.

    The tight end suited up in 15 of the Bengals' 16 games, but he drew a mere seven targets on his 220 offensive snaps for the season, illustrating how much the Bengals view him as a blocker. His role is unlikely to change no matter what other additions or subtractions the Bengals make at the position in 2021.

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  • Bengals' Mike Thomas: Ending with a fizzle

    Thomas finished the season with 13 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown, but didn't have a catch after Week 7.

    After generating some positive buzz during training camp in the early season, Thomas fell out of favor in the Bengals' pecking order, punctuated by a couple of drops and key penalties. He's not guaranteed to return in 2021.

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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Shows improvement in second year

    Sample finished the 2020 season with 40 catches for 349 yards and his first NFL touchdown.

    While Sample won't be drawing comparisons to Travis Kelce anytime soon, the 2019 second-round pick from the University of Washington did make important strides, taking advantage of the playing time resulting from C.J. Uzomah's season-ending injury.

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  • Bengals' Alex Erickson: Quiet finale, quiet season

    Erickson had one catch on three targets in the Bengals' season-ending loss to the Ravens, closing out the season with only 12 catches for 139 yards and no touchdowns.

    It's a fitting close for Erickson, who was unable to break through with many big plays and in fact committed a couple of costly fumbles on the season. He'll be a free agent this offseason, and there's no guarantee that he'll return.

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  • Bengals' Trayveon Williams: Infrequently employed

    Williams finished the 2020 season with 26 carries for 157 yards, including four carries for 74 yards in the season finale against the Ravens.

    Williams broke off a 55-yard run in the finale, but, despite the big run, he got very little work for the remainder of the game. Williams will be entering his third season in the NFL with little game action. With Joe Mixon signed long-term, there's not a lot of hope for Williams to earn a significant role with the Bengals.

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  • Bengals' Samaje Perine: Shows promise late

    Perine finished the 2020 season with nine carries for 51 yards in a Week 17 loss against the Ravens. He ended the season with 63 carries for 301 yards and three touchdowns, along with 11 catches for 66 yards.

    Perine isn't especially fast or shifty, but he proved capable as the backup to Giovani Bernard after Joe Mixon got hurt. Perine is a free agent this offseason.

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  • Bengals' Giovani Bernard: Disappointing finish

    Bernard ended the 2020 season in Week 17 with only three carries for seven yards, playing just 16 offensive snaps. He ended the season with 416 rush yards on 124 carries, good for a mere 3.4 yards per carry. He also had 47 receptions for 355 yards, and had a combined six rushing and receiving touchdowns.

    Bernard filled in adequately for an injured Joe Mixon, but had too many games like Week 17, even with Mixon out. He signed for one more year for his age 30 season, carrying a cap number of nearly $4.8 million.

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  • Bengals' Mike Daniels: Lifted from COVID-19 list

    Daniels was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Daniels tested positive for COVID-19 exactly 10 days ago. His activation signals that he's recovered from the virus. The 31-year-old defensive tackle suited up in 11 games for the team in 2020, recording 17 tackles and no sacks. Daniels will be an unrestricted free agent in March.

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  • Bengals' Joe Burrow: Returns to Cincinnati

    Burrow (knee) is back in Cincinnati after spending the first phase of his rehab process in Los Angeles, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

    Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed surgery Dec. 2 in the L.A. area, 10 days after Burrow suffered ACL and MCL tears in his left knee. No setbacks have been reported so far, but the young QB still has a long process ahead, hoping to make it back for the start of the 2021 season. Burrow recently told Colin Cowherd that he's excited to continue working with Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, who was rumored to be on the hot seat but ultimately kept his job. Cincinnati has every opportunity to improve this offseason, holding the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and ranking sixth in the league in projected cap space ($42.1 million, per overthecap.com). Burrow said he thinks he'll be ready for Week 1.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 104.3
(24th)
237.1
(25th)
319.8
(29th)
Def. 148.0
(29th)
246.4
(12th)
389.2
(26th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Mixon RB Joe Mixon RB Foot
D. Reader NT D.J. Reader NT Quadriceps
T. Waynes CB Trae Waynes CB Pectoral
G. Atkins DT Geno Atkins DT Shoulder
R. Wren DT Renell Wren DT Quadriceps