When Cincinnati takes the field Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it will be a familiar scene for Bengals receiver Armon Binns. A highly productive senior season at the University of Cincinnati saw Binns start all 12 games and post a team-high 75 receptions for 1,101 yards with 10 TDs, while also leading the Big East in receptions, receiving yards, receptions per game (6) and receiving yards per game (92), but those gaudy numbers weren’t enough to land him a spot in the 2011 NFL draft, as 254 selections were made, but Binns was never one of those fortunate to see his name called. It din’t help that the NFL had just gone through a lockout, meaning he wouldn’t be able to be signed until late July, missing any teams’ minicamps and OTAs. After the lockout ended, he landed in Jacksonville with the Jaguars, but an underwhelming preseason lead the team to release him.
Binns still remembers the day he was released all too well:
It’s something I’ll never forget. I talk to Urb (wide receiver coach James Urban) about it all the time. It’s something that motivates me. Being looked over. Being told you’re not good enough is something that’s very hard for me to let go and it’s something that drives me to be as good as I can be when I come to work every day.