Last season Bengals second-year running back Joe Mixon ran for 1168 yards and eight scores, and put up nearly five yards per carry, rushing for 4.8 yards every time he touched the ball.
Now many online casinos in PA are not predicting big things for the Bengals this season, many thinking that this team is only going win between three and five games, and that the AFC North is going to be a three-way fight between the Browns, Steelers and Ravens.
Mixon can be a huge part of changing that narrative this season, as many feel that he is going to be the biggest and best offensive player for the team in 2019.
The running back has already been talking up new head coach Zac Taylor, saying that he feels the Bengals offense is going to be a lot more dangerous than people think.
“Just the stuff that coach Taylor does. Putting the back in the best position to win one-on-one battles. I feel like for it being a one-on-one battle, no elite running back should get stopped in a one-on-one battle,” Mixon said to The Enquirer.
“That’s how you have to view certain things, at the end of the day, by him putting me in that position, and by me doing the stuff over the years, that’s the stuff that puts a smile on my face. By me having the skillset that I have, I will be able to excel in those areas.”
The team is already hurting with not having the services of leading wide out A.J. Green for a couple of games into the regular season due to an ankle injury, but it will give a chance for Tyler Boyd among others that can step into the leading receiver role.
While it will be up to Taylor, quarterback Andy Dalton and rest of the passing game to figure out how it will go, having a healthy and motivated Mixon will help out in more ways than one.
Mixon is beyond excited about what he can do with Taylor’s offense, as after seeing what he did with Todd Gurley and the Rams last year, the combo of Mixon and Taylor could be a match made in heaven.
“You see the film and you see the stuff that he can do. Everybody can’t do what Todd (Gurley) is able to do in that offense. Todd is an elite running back,” Mixon said.
“You aren’t gonna find no Todd Gurley, in the backyard or on the street. But by me feeling like I’m elite and by me playing at that level, it’s right for me to have a smile on my face like ‘damn, I feel like I can do that same thing,’ at the end of the day, there is only one way to do it…go out there and go do it.”
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