Blogger Blitz: Bengals 'strong' candidates

May, 8, 2012
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As I discuss in the Blogger Blitz video above, the biggest hole in the Cincinnati Bengals' starting lineup is the No. 2 wide receiver position.

With Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell gone, Cincinnati returns the fewest amount of catches (96), receiving yards (1,361) and touchdowns (seven) by a wide receiver group in the AFC North. Besides Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, the only other receiver currently on the roster who caught more than four passes last year was Andrew Hawkins.

The other candidates for the job include: Jordan Shipley, whose season ended after two games because of a knee injury; Brandon Tate, who is in his first full offseason with the Bengals; and two draft picks, Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

This appears to be an open competition, and the Bengals could rely on a receiver by committee this season at the No. 2 spot.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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