Friday, September 21, 2012
Poll results: Passing game surprises
By Jamison Hensley
Two weeks into the regular season, there have been some pleasant surprises in the passing games for the AFC North teams. The biggest surprise, according to our SportsNation poll, has been the Bengals' Andrew Hawkins.
He received 38 percent in a poll that drew 4,980 votes. Hawkins, the Bengals' slot receiver, leads the team in receiving yards (142). Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was second with 25 percent.
Here are some comments from voters:
Auto4Short, from Eglin Air Force Base: "I'm going with Hawkins. All the talk about Jermaine Gresham, Brandon Tate, or Armon Binns having to step up to fill the void Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell left and we have Hawkins being the one taking advantage of this. He is a home run threat any time he gets the ball in open space."
Charlie, from Kentucky: "Not to take away from Dennis Pitta or Massaquoi's acheivements, but I think for most fans Hawkins has to not only be one of the biggest surprises in the division, but in the entire league. He showed promise toward the end of last season, and definitely benefits from having A.J. Green opposite him, but I think he really could blossom into one of the big time playmakers in the division. I mean, that catch and run vs. the Browns was just sensational!"
Legion of Moose, from Western Pa.: "Mohamed Massaquoi, Browns. He has proven over the last few years to not be the go to guy in Cleveland. The others are either unproven or somewhat expected to perform."