Since most of us have an opinion on who we would like to see be the six receivers to make the roster, let’s slip on Urban’s shoes and take a whack at the cut down. I went back and found the stats on each guy from his performance at either the Combine or his Pro Day. I included A.J. Green’s stats simply as a point of reference.
|BENGALS WIDE RECEIVERS|
|PLAYER||HEIGHT||WEIGHT||ARMS||HANDS||40 DASH||VERT||BROAD||3-CONE||20 SHTL|
|A.J. Green||6’4″||211 lb||34 3/8″||9 1/4″||4.50 s||34 1/2″||10’6″||6.91 s||4.21 s|
|Brandon Tate||6’1″||195 lb||Did not participate (knee injury)|
|Jordan Shipley||5’11”||193 lb||30 1/2″||9 5/8″||4.60 s||36 1/2″||9’8″||—||—|
|Ryan Whalen||6’1″||202 lb||30″||9″||4.62 s||38 1/2″||10’3″||6.67 s||4.09 s|
|Andrew Hawkins||5’8″||182 lb||4.34 s||38″||9’6″||6.81 s||4.03 s|
|Armon Binns||6’3″||209 lb||32 1/2″||9 1/2″||4.53 s||31 1/2″||9’10”||6.86 s||4.31 s|
|Vidal Hazelton||6’2″||209 lb||4.62 s||33 1/2″||10’1″||6.72 s||4.19 s|
|Marvin Jones||6’2″||199 lb||33 1/8″||10 1/4″||4.46 s||33″||9’2″||6.81 s||4.11 s|
|Mohamed Sanu||6’2″||211 lb||33 1/2″||10 1/8″||4.67 s||36″||10’6″||6.88 s||4.22 s|
|Kashif Moore||5’9″||180 lb||31″||9 5/8″||4.42 s||43 1/2″||10’6″||6.82 s||4.05 s|
|Taveon Rogers||5’11”||190 lb||4.33 s||33 1/2″||10’4″||6.96 s||4.42 s|
|Justin Hilton||6’2″||191 lb||4.52 s||33 1/2″||9’8″||6.87 s||4.26 s|
Of course, the featured bout on this card pits Brandon Tate against Armon Binns. Not having seen either running as a receiver, it is difficult to know who has the edge. What we do know is that 1) Binns has the advantage of size and 2) Tate has the advantage of experience. Neither has a large advantage over the other, however, meaning that they will get plenty of scrutiny in camp.
My interest is drawn to the looming battle between Jordan Shipley and Mohamed Sanu. Shipley had an impressive rookie campaign in 2010, grabbing an even 600 yds in the shadow of the TOcho show. [Shudder.] But take a look at the difference in arm and hands size. Sanu brings from college the rep of hauling in anything close to him, a trait that continued into OTAs. This fight will go deep into camp… assuming that the medical staff does not put Shipley on PUP before camp. That would not be a popular move among some, but it could also be viewed as hiding an ace of the sleeve, waiting to be played in Week 7.
If Shipley hits the PUP list, Sanu’s primary competition will come from Ryan Whalen, who drew a fair amount of praise during OTAs. Andrew Luck’s former target has good field quickness as well as a year in Gruden’s system.
I am not sure who his direct competitor is, but the guy I see backing up A.J. Green is Marvin Jones. His combination of size and speed are just sick, begging for a spot on the roster because he won’t make it to the practice squad.
The final battle, one that hasn’t really been on my radar, is between Andrew Hawkins, Kashif Moore and Taveon Rogers. All three are a bit under-sized but extremely fast. I have been inclined to just assume that Hawkins will emerge as the victor here. The winner here will be the 6th receiver, playing mainly on special teams (where Hawkins was a big factor). But am I being premature? Maybe this is not such a slam dunk for the fan favorite?
Here is where Urban’s shoes meet the road. Weigh in on these questions and let me know how you would handle the cut down, given what we know right now.
#1) Should Jordan Shipley go on the PUP list before camp starts?
#2) With Green as the #1, who are your starting #2 and primary slot receivers?
#3) Who are your three backup receivers? And who do you sign to the practice squad?
#4) Who gets left out and why?