He returned for his senior year and started all 12 games and logged a team-high 75 receptions for 1101 yards and 10 TDs. After going undrafted, he landed in Jacksonville with the Jaguars, but an underwhelming preseason lead the team to release him. Binns was later signed to the Bengals’ practice squad in September of 2011. He was later upgraded to the 53-player roster in December, but was unable to get onto the field and he has yet to record an NFL reception. That was by no fault of Binns though. Coaches were raving about him during practices and lauded Marvin Lewis to get him onto the field for live game action, but that opportunity came.
Through rookie camp and OTAs, Binns again frequently drew the praises of coaches and players alike. There was heavy speculation that he held the edge to be the #2 WR starter opposite A.J. Green if the season opened today. Fox Sports Ohio had just as much to say about Binns and his ability to stand out in practice, despite the wealth of higher drafted players and veterans he’s competing against:
Who’s the big guy with the long, fluid strides wearing No. 85? There are no TV cameras following him, so we know it’s not Chad Johnson/Ochocinco. It’s Binns (6’3, 210), who put together a strong spring after spending most of last season on the Bengals practice squad. He was called up to the active roster late in the year but didn’t see much game action. He caught just about everything thrown his way in minicamp and OTAs, and he’s put himself in position to make a leap this season. Binns has a whole lot of proving to do, but it appears he’ll get his chance to do it over the next several weeks.
We’re under two months away from the start of the NFL regular season, so there’s plenty of time for the #2 WR spot to be fought out between Binns, Brandon Tate, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones, but if what Bengals coaches and players have seen and raved about so far is any indication of how much Binns can contribute to the Bengals this season, we may soon witness the berth of Binnsanity.