The Cincinnati Bengals have been just a few performs away from going to back-to-back Super Bowls, and large receiver Tyler Boyd thinks his harm within the AFC championship recreation performed a serious function within the Bengals’ failure to achieve the Super Bowl.
The Bengals misplaced to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-20 on a game-winning discipline aim by Harrison Butker on the finish of the fourth quarter.
Boyd, who was third on the workforce in receiving yards and touchdowns in the course of the 2022 season, suffered a deep thigh bruise within the second quarter and was unable to play within the second half.
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The veteran large receiver mentioned Tuesday his presence would have pushed the Bengals excessive.
“Still to this day, I feel like if I would have played the whole game, I was the key factor,” Boyd mentioned, in accordance with ESPN. “We would’ve won the game.”
Boyd had two catches for 40 yards on the time of his harm and mentioned he tried numbing cream and ibuprofen to get again on the sector.
“I just felt like we had enough depth for guys like (Trenton Irwin) and other guys to come in and play at a faster pace than what I felt like I could do,” Boyd mentioned. “I wish I was able to do it, but things happen.”
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Boyd, the longest-tenured member of the Bengals, arrived at Cincinnati’s voluntary exercises Tuesday.
“I wanted to come around and bring camaraderie,” Boyd mentioned, per the Bengals web site. “I missed the guys. Even though I was away spending time with my family, quality time with my daughter, I just felt empty not being around my guys and being there for them.”
Cincinnati will journey to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in Week 17 in the course of the 2023 common season.
The Bengals signed former Chiefs offensive deal with Orlando Brown Jr. to a four-year contract within the offseason, a transfer Boyd says solely provides to the rivalry between the 2 groups.
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“We have a nice little rivalry with the Chiefs and to see him come over, you know, it’s like, yeah, ‘We one-upped y’all,’” Boyd informed reporters.
“But at the end of the day, he’s a great player no matter where he would have went. He’s probably one of the best at his position. Just adding him to what we got already, to allow Joe [Burrow] to have more time. It’s going to give us the will to put up those points. So, I’m just happy to have him.”