Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The one position that the Bengals have seemingly ignored throughout free agency so far is wide receiver. Not only has the team not signed a new No. 2 wide receiver, but they've waited long enough that the top free agent wide receivers have either re-signed with their old teams or they have moved on to new teams.
This has led many to believe the team would address the need at wide receiver early in the draft, but that still may not be the case. During the Tuesday's AFC Coaches Breakfast, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was asked about the wide receiver position and Lewis said that the team feels better about the position than many people know.
"We feel better about it in house than people know," Lewis said. "We have the draft. There's still some other ways we are looking at. Still a lot of things in play. We feel a little bit better about it in house than what people know."
The Bengals do have several options at the wide receiver position. They still have time to sign a free agent for the No. 2 position, they can look to the draft and they may look to re-sign Jerome Simpson.
Marvin Lewis has also said in the past that he and other coaches are very high on wide receiver Armon Binns out of the University of Cincinnati, who could be a candidate to be promoted to the No. 2 receiver in 2012. Based on Lewis' comments, it seems that the team is confident in Binns' abilities or that they can re-sign Simpson for a low price. They may also be relying on the depth of the wide receiver position early in the draft as well since they have two first-round picks.