Week in Review: Bengals 2012 Positional Pros and Cons: Offense

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Nov 27, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) grabs a pass for during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Wide Receiver & Tight End:

Pros: A.J. Green returns as the starting wide receiver after his amazing rookie season. He was a one man highlight reel all year in 2011 and now that he has another year under his belt, should be even more threatening this season. Jordan Shipley returns to the slot which opens up doors for everyone because of his reliability and great route running, he always needs to be accounted for. Jermaine Gresham will have a second year in the same offensive system for the first time in his NFL career and with the other weapons around him, should be poised to break out this season. The second wide receiver position is still up for grabs between Armon Binns, Brandon Tate, and rookie Mohamed Sanu. No matter which one wins out the spot, it will certainly be an upgrade over the highly inconsistent Jerome Simpson who occupied the spot last season.

Cons: There is lots of tape out there on Green now, and defenses will be able to more effectively cover him this season. The number two receiver position consists of highly unproven players and it is not certain that they will be able to contribute on a consistent basis. Even though Shipley is returning, he may not be 100% for the start of the season as he is still recovering from his injury suffered last season. Overall, this is a very young wide receiver corps and no matter how talented they are, they will be prone to some mistakes throughout the season.

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