Jordan Shipley should be good to go for mini camps after tearing his ACL in game two last year and will provide much needed help at short to intermediate routes coming out of the slot. Shipley showed what he can do in his rookie season with Carson Palmer at quarterback and made some great catches and runs over the middle. With Shipley back, it will throw the door wide open for the talented tight end Jermaine Gresham to stretch the field in the middle, and also become more of a consistent red-zone target. And that is the key here. You need to be able to put up 7 points in the red-zone on a consistent level. Shipley’s return will allow other receivers to become more successful in that area of the field. Orson Charles has been impressive in the teams’ minicamps thus far and the 4th-rounder out of Georgia may find his way onto the field frequently this year.
Giving Andy Dalton more threats around him at the wide receiver position will open the floodgates for his potential. I am personally looking to see more stable drives and better red-zone efficiency with a more solid receiving corps around the second year quarterback.