Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins continues to recover from a high-ankle sprain, which could wind-up being a blessing in disguise. Hawkins might be out long enough to consider placing him on the Injured Reserve list with a designation to return to the active roster after six weeks.
It’s sounding like that could be the best option. Let him make sure he’s fully healthy, then return around Week 8 and get a fresh body at receiver. Last year, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Hawkins all suffered injuries and missed games, so having Hawkins to goto in the middle of the year if someone goes down could be a valuable asset.
Not to mention the fact that Brandon Tate,, Dane Sanzenbacher, and Cobi Hamilton have all had good camps, and A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones are already locks, meaning there’s likely only three spots up for grabs.
Receiver Ryan Whalen had a big day as well, and while most view him as an odd-man out, he’s not going down without a fight:
“Whalen does well every day,” Jay Gruden said. “People sleep on him because he does nothing really magnificent. He just does everything right. Quarterbacks love him. I love him because he knows what to do. He’s always in the right spot, he plays hard, he blocks hard … that goes unnoticed. But he’s one tough kid.”
Defensive end Michael Johnson was given a “veteran’s rest” day off, while cornerback Brandon Ghee was absent after suffering a shoulder injury during Thursday night’s game.
The Bengals will be hosting Family Night Sunday night. Gates open for the event inside Paul Brown Stadium at 5 p.m.