Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (9.17.20)

Bengals WR Tyler Boyd:

On Bengals QB Joe Burrow calling him ‘his guy:’

“It means a lot, but at the end of the day, I know my role. I know when my name is called, I am the third down guy. I always find windows to make things happen. It is great that we have that connection so early.”

On whether he said anything to Burrow after the dropped touchdown pass:

“Absolutely because I should have had it. It definitely would have taken a little bit of pressure off of him. We called a great play designed in man coverage. It slipped away from me, which never really happens, but it happens to the best of us. I just continued to just play.”

On whether he tried to get into the end zone before he had the potential TD catch:

“I just have to catch it first. I had the tuddy. I just had to catch it.”

On how much the team notices when Burrow is taking a lot of hits:

“I notice it, but Joe is a football player. He is physical and he is hungry. This is the game so he understands the ins and outs of getting hit and playing football. He doesn’t get up with a drowsy face or a long face and act like he doesn’t want to continue to go. He hops right back up and continues to drive.”

On if there is more pressure being put on the team with what Burrow brings to the offense:

“At the end of the day, we are just going to go out there and play football. We all have our jobs to do. We aren’t going to put the pressure on any guy. Everybody has to do their specific role to continue to move the chains. If we all unite and work as one, then we should be good. I always mention that we have a great offense. We put up 30 points despite all of the negative things that happened. I think we will be fine.”

On looking forward to both the Bengals offense and defense playing well in the same game:

“Definitely, but again, on offense, we wish we would have had a few plays back, and I am pretty sure the defense feels that way. It is still early in the season. We are still trying to build that chemistry on all phases of the game – special teams, defense and offense. We just have to find a way, continue to practice hard and execute. We just have to stay detailed, polish up everything and not do dumb stuff out there, and we should be fine.”

On how to prevent this season from spiraling like last year:

“Just guys like myself continue to keep guys up, continue to motivate guys and tell guys that we are still in it. We are 0-2 right now, we are very sick of this feeling, it is devastating and we hate it, but at the end of the day, it is not an easy job to do. I don’t think guys are hanging their heads down. I think we are going to start to rally up some wins.”

On back-to-back 0-2 starts and whether this season feels different:

“It is different. I don’t want to say it is the same because one thing is we continue to go out there and just drive and push. We never quit. Last year, we never did that, but we just couldn’t find that missing piece to figure out what it was that we had to do better on both sides of the ball. I don’t believe the defense is ever going to quit. I think they will go watch the tape and critique themselves, and the same with us. At the end of the day, as long as we play a great game with limited penalties and don’t turn the ball over, we win the game. If I score that touch down, we are in there.”

On making critical plays being a necessary piece to improving and winning close games:

“Definitely. One thing I feel like we just have to start fast. This game, we started great. We started out driving. We came up with three and we should have had 7. I don’t believe we can be stopped. I think we stop ourselves. We just beat ourselves. At the end of the day, the sky is the limit for this team. We just have to find it in each other. We have to find it as a collective team and stay tight as a fist, and I think everything will start flowing.”

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