After getting off to a hot start in the 2012 season, which Binns sang 16 balls for 198 yards in the first five weeks, the former UC Bearcat has just two receptions in the past four weeks, and two of those games he was inactive for. Last week vs the Giants, Armon was listed as a healthy scratch, and this week, despite slot receiver Andrew Hawkins missing the game, Binns got in for only 11 offensive snaps (15%).
Second-year receiver Ryan Whalen chipped in 15 snaps (21%), and looks to have passed Binns on the depth chart. This, after recording four snaps (7%) vs. the Giants last week while Binns sat inactive on the bench. The team is clearly losing faith in Armon’s ability to produce, and with Marvin Jones set to return soon, it won’t be surprising to see him inactive for the rest of the year if the Bengals’ top-6 WR rotation of Green, Sanu, Hawkins, Jones, Brandon Tate and Whalen are healthy.
It’s been a tough road for Binns after going undrafted out of UC last year, who managed to fight his way onto the Bengals practice squad and eventually the 53-man roster. Hopefully he finds a way to get back into the rotation and contribute to a Bengals playoff run, but if it doesn’t work out in Cincinnati, the former Bearcat will catch on with another team and have more moments like this: