The Cincinnati Bengals are without All-Pro receiver A.J. Green, who is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee, and Andrew Hawkins, who was expected to revive a significant amount of playing time in 2013.
Green will be held out for at least the next week of training camp, and Hawkins could be out the rest of the preseason. Both players are guaranteed to miss the team’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons next Thursday night. It’s also not helping matters that Marvin Jones missed practice on Friday. That’s three of the projected four top receivers not practicing at the moment.
If you saw yesterday’s article on the production of both players in 2012, you’ll see over one-third of the Bengals; receiving production came from Hawkins and Green.
If the young group of receivers ,including the likes of Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones and Cob Hamilton, aren’t able to step into bigger roles in the offense, and Dalton has a terrible preseason with Green and Hawkins on the sidelines. The coaching staff sees this and makes a desperation signing for insurance in case Hawkins and/or Green were to able go down with an injury during the season. This could be someone like Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Stokely or Brandon Banks.