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 entering 2012, and he’s taken that role over very well, as he’s caught 12 passes for 157 yards and one TD. He’s played 152 of a possible 198 offensive plays (76.8 percent), and has been targeted 12 times by Andy Dalton, catching 12 of those targets(92%), the highest % of any Bengals receiver.
People are beginning to take notice of the former Bearcat product, and ESPN even noted how his production has allowed Green to continue to thrive, allowing the Bengals offense to thrive as well:
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green received the hype, the signing bonus and the accolades, and deservingly so. But he is playing opposite two undrafted free agents, Armon Binns and Andrew Hawkins, who have made their own mark on Cincinnati and on this season. Binns and Hawkins each has caught 12 passes — Binns for 157 yards and one touchdown, Hawkins for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Each has been able to consistently make plays while defenses have keyed on shutting down Green. Binns is bigger, Hawkins more elusive, but they have given quarterback Andy Dalton a plethora of targets to throw to and answered the offseason question regarding who would be the player to emerge as Cincinnati’s No. 2 wide receiver. The answer is each is more than capable.
Hopefully Binns can continue to make the Jaguars wish on Sunday they’d been a little more patient with Binns’ development, because their loss has been a tremendous gain for the Bengals.