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Friday, August 10, 2012
Poll results: Bengals' No. 2 receiver

By Jamison Hensley

The biggest question in Bengals' training camp is which wide receiver will emerge opposite A.J. Green.

In a SportsNation poll, 42 percent of voters say it will be rookie third-round pick Mohamed Sanu. He is a competitive receiver with size who isn't afraid to go across the middle. Perhaps the biggest plus is his route running, which was a weak spot among the Bengals' wide receivers last season.

Brandon Tate, the Bengals' returner last season, finished second with 26 percent. Armon Binns, a practice squad player from a year ago, was third with 23 percent.

Quarterback Andy Dalton believes it will be a receiver by committee approach for that No. 2 spot.

"Enough guys on this team have done enough to prove they deserve some playing time," Dalton said. "It’s probably not going to be one guy out there every time. There’s going to be someone who will be named the No. 2 guy, but he might not be in there for the second series."

Here are some readers' thoughts on the situation:

Tre from Columbia, Mo., writes: I know everybody is fretting over who the Bengals' No. 2 wideout will be this season but don't you think its a bit unwarranted? With tight end Jermaine Gresham in line to be Dalton's second option, Tate/Sanu/Binns will be the third option in this passing attack. That's not as much pressure as, say, the Jets' No. 2 receiver. I don't think its too much to expect 600-700 yards and three to five touchdowns for whoever wins the No. 2 spot.

Drew from Cincinnati: Just wanted to put my two cents in since I was at the Mock game on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Brandon Tate and Armon Binns did look good. One thing that stood out to me was Tate's route running was not nearly comparable to Binns. I'm not taking anything away from Tate, but Armon Binns was getting open because his routes were precise and very quick. Tate seems like a downhill (punt/kick returning) type of receiver with straight-line speed. Binns is going to be something to watch out for when it comes to his hands and route running. He would be a nice addition to the Bengals offense.

Everyone will get a glimpse at how the receiver battle Friday night, when the Bengals open the preseason against the Jets.