The first completion on the Bengals’ first scoring drive during last Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh wasn’t thrown to Tee Higgins, Cincinnati’s 1,000-yard receiver. It also wasn’t thrown to former Pro Bowl wideout Tyler Boyd. Instead, Joe Burrow found tight end Hayden Hurst, who beat man coverage before pulling down Burrow’s pass, rumbling inside Steelers territory.
Hurst found himself on the receiving end on a key third-down conversation on the Bengals’ ensuring drive, which ended with Cincinnati’s first touchdown in a 37-30 win. Hurst didn’t catch another pass after that, but his contributions helped the Bengals win their first game this season over an AFC North opponent.
“It’s huge,” Hurst told CBS Sports when asked about the significance of Sunday’s win. “We need to start stacking wins, especially this time of year.”
Hurst has been an ideal fit for the Bengals, who signed him to a one-year deal this past offseason. Through 10 games, the 2018 first-round pick has caught 40 passes and is on pace to set career season highs in catches and receiving yards. He already has 14 more receptions than he did last season, his second and final year with the Falcons.
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Author : Bryan DeArdo
Publish date : 2022-11-25 16:15:00
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