I Hope Andre Caldwell Never Takes a Wildcat Snap

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell will see more of the “Wildcat” formation in 2009 after getting a handful of snaps in the Wildcat last season.

Caldell played quarterback in high school, and tossed a five-yard TD pass in the 2006 SEC Championship game, so he’s got the skill set necessary to for the ‘cat. But I doubt we see a lot of it. I don’t often agree with CBS’ Pete Prisco, but he gets to the heart of the question here: if you have a QB of Carson Palmer’s caliber, why do you take the ball out of his hands?

As a gimmick/trick play-type of formation, I’m all for it. The Bengals have gotten away from razzle-dazzle in recent years and they could use a few more “gotchas!” in the playbook. And if (heaven forbid) they get stuck in a situation where they don’t have a top-tier QB again, a functional Wildcat scheme would be handy to have in their proverbial hip pocket. But the bottom line is, if the o-line stiffens up and Cedric Benson can grind out a few yards on the ground, there won’t be much need for the Wildcat.

So, nothing against Andre, I hope he catches 20-plus TDs this season, but if he doesn’t throw a single one, it’s all good.

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