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Breaking down Bengals receivers

Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am
 
CINCINNATI The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.

Cincinnatis receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who hell work with when the season begins.

Theyve been challenged, Sheppard said. Its always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.

Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season its not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but its highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last weeks mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.

That leaves Matt Jones, Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, Dezmon Briscoe, Maurice Purify, and Freddie Brown battling for the other two spots. Lets rank their chances of making this squad.

Jones: Hes tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, hes a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, hed be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and hes been out of the NFL for a year. Hes been solid, but not spectacular.

Cosby: His biggest strength at least, last year is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesnt help. Plus, hell have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.

Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals hes been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing hell have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.

Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver hed ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. Hes got some ridiculous highlights from college, but hes missed out by being absent for so many practices.

Purify: We dont know much about Purify, because hes only played five games in his two NFL seasons (hes spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But hes a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams quite a hard hitter himself in the Oklahoma drill.

Brown: If we dont know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. Id be shocked if Brown made the roster.

So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, its tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. Im thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but hed have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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peulouy
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:05 am
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

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Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:52 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

I never got the appeal of Matt Jones. He stunk at receiver, and, unlike a regular receiving draft bust, he's never had success at that position.

Jordan Shipley will probably end up being a great pick. Antonio Bryant seems like a guy born to be a Bengal and line up with Ochocinco.

Briscoe can also end up being a good future pick.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams

If it was a 1-on-1 passing drill that would have been no surprise. Sometimes I wonder why he isn't a linebacker because he can't cover anymore.

 

As for the article, seems like a random topic. I'm not sure why there is a big deal about them releasing a cannon fodder that wasn't going to make it anyway.




Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

Matt Jones may not make this team but it should open up other doors if he has a strong camp.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

meant Emmanuel Sanders, WR 



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

Why did the Steelers reach for Anderson 2 picks before Cinny took Shipley?  Man was that a terrible move!!!<br />




Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

Thats more than likely three years away in the right system. I am not buying into the belief that the Bengals have the right system for Shipley to begin with. Just my opinion.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

The key to the Bengals success will be Jordan Shipley.  His presence in the slot will be paramount to their success.  I wish he hadn't gone to the Bengals but he should be a very serviceable WR for some time.



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