Who's out at WR for Bengals?

May, 11, 2009
5/11/09
4:00
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Crowded field

The Bengals have 11 receivers most likely fighting for five roster spots.

Player, Experience

Chad Ocho Cinco: 9 seasons

Laveranues Coles: 10

Chris Henry: 5

Andre Caldwell: 2

Jerome Simpson: 2

Antonio Chatman: 7

Quan Cosby: rookie

Mario Urrutia: 1

Maurice Purify: 1

David Richmond: rookie

Greg Orton: rookie

Who will be the odd man out at receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals?

The Bengals have 11 players at the position vying for a limited number of spots on Cincinnati's 53-man roster. Most NFL teams will keep about five receivers active in the fall.

Laveranues Coles and Chad Ocho Cinco are locks as starters. That likely leaves three active roster spots for eight remaining receivers.

Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell, Jerome Simpson and Antonio Chatman played last year and have to be among the favorites. Chatman could be on thin ice this summer or latch on as a sixth receiver because of his return skills. But the Bengals may need that roster spot and look elsewhere for help on special teams.

Chatman cannot be retained on the practice squad because of his seven years of NFL experience, so he might fall victim to the the numbers game.

A young, inexperienced group of Quan Cosby, Maurice Purify and Mario Urrutia are behind them and will have an uphill climb. But if any of these players has an outstanding camp, perhaps Cosby, it could force another difficult decision at receiver for Cincinnati's coaching staff down the road.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Insider