Top Ten Best Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receivers of All TimeHello Bengals fans! Let's test your knowledge of our teams history. Who's your top ten? A.J. being the wildcard because baring injury this guy is our jerry rice
I easily think he will be the best Bengals wide receiver we've ever had. But for now sorry A.J. your 6. - im1azy
Went old school on this fella. Back when passing was more of a gimic lol. But either way he lead the Bengals in receiving for 3 yrs and made the pro bowl - im1azy
He was big time side to side with Chad. - im1azy
The 15th overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft. Pro Bowler in 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1976. He was never quite the same after a 1977 knee injury.
Today many fans know him as a multiple Emmy award winning Sportscaster, but back in the 1980s he was a great receiver for the Stripes. In his rookie year, Bengals fans knew that the Bengals picked the right man. He was the legitmate deep threat due to his speed. In his stay as a Bengal, he led the team to 2 Super Bowl appearances. He had 1,000 or more yards receiving 4 seasons (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986) and made the Pro Bowl 3 years in a row (1981, 1982 and 1983). He retired after the 1988 season, but man this player has the gift of grab.
To know the Bengals wide receivers, you got to start at the beginning, 1968. While Bob Trumpy as a Tight End leading all receivers with catchers, a non-tight end Rod Sherman, one year removed from playing in the Super Bowl as an Oakland Raider, caught 31 passes that year in his ONLY season as a Bengal, but it's the start of the franchise.
Now it was 1971 and the Bengals offensive fire power was still going and one of the reasons we're Speedy Thomas. In his 4 seasons as a Bengals, he produced great numbers In 1969 against the Broncos he caught 7 passes for an amazing 177 yards, both Bengals records. In 1971, he had 22 receptions for 327 yards (a 14.9 average). He also had his longest career reception and the longest in the NFL in 1971, a 90-yard touchdown pass from Virgil Carter against The Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his Bengal career with 93 receptions.
During the lean years of the franchise (1976-1980), Don Bass was one of those bright spots for the team and in 1979 he led the team with 58 receptions for 724 yards and 3 touchdowns, and played on a team that went to Super Bowl XVI two seasons later. Sadly, he left us way too soon, but what a great man he was.
With Rod Sherman gone, it was now Eric Crabtree who was the Bengals prime time receiver. Thanks to the great passing of rookie sensation Greg Cook. Crabtree led all Bengal receivers in 1969 with 40 receptions for 855 yards, a 21.4 yards per catch and 7 touchdowns. Crabtree played with the Bengals until 1971, but he was the next great Bengal receiver.
In 1977, the Bengals we're a team on a decline, one of the few bright spots was Billy Brooks. on a 7-7 team and on the decline, Brooks led the team with 39 receptions for 772 yards and 4 touchdowns. His longest reception was a 94-yard touchdown pass in a game against the New York Giants in the snow. A forgotten great.