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Jan 07, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon Tate (19) returns a punt during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Wide Receivers

The Bengals do have one of the most gifted wide receivers in the NFL in second year player A.J. Green. Also, the return of Jordan Shipley gives a huge boost to the passing game this season. The question here remains the same as last season. Who can help carry the load as a number 2 wide receiver?

Brandon Tate has the most experience at the position, but that isn’t saying much considering that he only has 24 career receptions. Yes, he has been on the Bengals’ active roster this past season, but that was strictly as a returner. He hasn’t built any chemistry or timing with quarterback Andy Dalton yet. Armon Binns is another name that is thrown around here because of experience. He was with the Bengals last season but spent the duration on the practice squad. He will need time to develop with Dalton as well. Then there are the two rookies in Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. There is a lot of hype around these players, but one has to remember that not much can really be expected out of a rookie wide receiver. It seems like the success of Green last year has made fans forget about how rookies generally struggle at the position.

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