With wide receiver Andrew Hawkins leaving the Cincinnati Bengals for their division rivals in Cleveland, and a possible opening for a number four receiver, the team is looking around at options at the position. The Bengals are meeting tomorrow with Louis Murphy, late of the New York Giants. He has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, where he worked with Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. Murphy has also met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.
Murphy’s best season was in 2010 in Oakland when he recorded 41 receptions for over 600 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Since then, he has been mainly used as a backup and for depth. At 6’2″ and 200 lbs, he has good size for the position and has some nice skills, though he has yet to reach full potential. He has played in one career game against Cincinnati, and one reception for 29 yards and a game-tying touchdown.
The Bengals have some talented players in the receiving corps that could develop into that fourth receiver, including Dane Sanzenbacher and Cobi Hamilton. So receiver isn’t necessarily a need, but the team will continue to take a look at depth players available. If the price is right, Murphy might be in stripes.