Tight ends. Tight ends. Tight ends. If there were a need to address to discuss, this would be it. So far, the Bengals have three under contract -- Chase Coffman, Darius Hill and Daniel "freaking" Coats. They're "mulling over" bringing J.P. Foschi back and one would believe that, provided his Achilles is holding up, Reggie Kelly could eventually be in the mix.
Other than that, our depth and personnel at tight end is peachy (note to those that take things way too seriously... I'm being somewhat sarcastic).
The state of our Tight Ends has many pushing Jermaine Gresham as the Bengals likely first round pick. However, Gresham is a story of caution, spending most of his final collegiate season off the field with a serious injury. However, he was the 2008 First Team All-American by TSN and Second Team All-American (AP). So the kid has talent. We know that -- or else he wouldn't be discussed as a first round pick, Josh.
But there's another tight end that the Bengals are interested in.
Aaron Wilson writes that the Cincinnati Bengals, among five other teams, are showing interest in USC Tight End Anthony McCoy. Standing 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, McCoy averaged 20.8 yards per reception on 22 receptions his final season. Wilson writes:
Projected as a second-round draft pick, McCoy is regarded as an all-around tight end in terms of blocking skills and pass-catching ability and route running.
This isn't the first time that the Bengals are noted to have interest in the Tight End. On a piece dated February 25 written by Joe Reedy, McCoy is quoted as saying, the Bengals "talked to me and let me know that they are looking for a tight end who can do it all."
Mocking the Draft ranks McCoy as the fourth best tight end coming into the draft, writing:
McCoy is similar to a lot of big Southern California receivers. He's got good straight-line speed, but is a long strider who is a little sloppy off the line and out of his breaks. He's not going to do anything special for a team or probably be a starter at the next level. However, he's a dependable No. 2 who can block and catch adequately.
The one thing that McCoy has going for him is that half of the USC alumni have been drafted by the Bengals since 2003. Again, that's sarcasm.