PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals returns a punt against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
There's two major questions facing the Cincinnati Bengals as the world inches ever so closer to the opening of training camp in late July. How long will it take for Leon Hall to be medically cleared, fully recovered and what are the implications of his continued rehabilitation? The second question, with plenty of open interpretation due to the even more uncertain nature of the answers, is what happens at the No. 2 receiver position.
Thanks to the hard work of Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer for transcribing -- and his access to the NFL Network -- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis appeared on NFL's Total Access and was asked about the team's vacancy at the No. 2 spot.
"If we went out there and played tomorrow it’d probably be between Brandon Tate and Armon Binns – two guys that have been with us and know what to do. We’ve got Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones who are really competing hard, will compete hard for those spots. And then a couple of undrafted players who came in here and played very well this last weekend."
Binns is a name that keeps surfacing so that's nothing new. However Brandon Tate is a recent flavor of the month, many of whom within the organization want to observe, to see what he can do with this offense now that there's a full offseason for players to train and learn. Players like Tate who not only didn't get an offseason, but wasn't with the team for very long before the start of the regular season (he was claimed off waivers seven days before the start of the 2011 regular season).
That doesn't mean the rookie receivers are without their shot. Lewis' "sly" answer incorporates the idea that Bengals coaches have only experienced three days and five practices, which is hardly enough for a player's transition from college to the NFL.
So when it's all said and done, there's probably nothing to see here.