Week in Review: Has The Ship Sailed?

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Aug 8, 2010; Canton, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals rookie receiver Jordan Shipley (11) heads up field on a 63-yard kickoff return during the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at Fawcett Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

With the emergence of A.J. Green last year, and the drafting of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, will Jordan Shipley get a chance to prove to Who~Dey Nation that he can be the slot receiver everyone thought he could be?

Shipley has suffered multiple injuries since he has been in the NFL.  In 2010 he suffered the infamous helmet-to-helmet hit put on by Browns safety, T.J. Ward.  Last year in a week 2 game against the Denver Broncos, he tore his ACL and MCL.

Bengal fans know him for his achievements at the University of Texas.  The receptions, yards, and touchdowns he accumulated there were very impressive and a great reflection of his work ethic.

What some people don’t know is that he spent six years on the college football field due to injuries early in his career.  When he finally became healthy he had a special connection with his quarterback, and college roommate, Colt McCoy.  Shipley’s reliable hands and shiftiness on the field led him to be the go to target for McCoy.

Shipley has average size for a slot receiver in the NFL, but is really explosive off the line and is a great route runner.

Unfortunately, we haven’t had the opportunity to see these qualities Shipley possesses.  There is no doubting his ability on the field; the problem has been keeping him on the field.

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