May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley (11) catches a pass during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
As it has been noted, nearly every receiver in camp so far has had their share of good days. Some more than others, but we have been hearing some good things from everyone at the position--except for Jordan Shipley. As you know, Shipley is rehabbing a knee injury from last season. According to Paul Dehner, Jr. of CBSSports, Shipley has yet to do much of anything noteworthy through the first six days of camp.
On the receiver situation, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden says that there is a dilemma and talked about it to the media:
"You don't want to make any judgments on any receivers until the final preseason game is done and the practices are over and done with," Gruden said. "Some guys are going to be up and down and then up. You want to take the guys who are steady and accountable and perform on a consistent basis daily not just one great day or two great days."
"He (Shipley)'s a little bit behind, not mentally but physically," Gruden said. "The more he gets involved and the more comfortable he feels I think he'll be fine. I don't think he's where he was before he got the injury; yeah, not saying he won't be in a week or two or three."
The slow start is to be expected, as Shipley is easing himself back in. However, he is facing an uphill battle with Andrew Hawkins looking good in camp and the fact that he hasn't really had any time in Gruden's system because of his injury. Players that Gruden is familiar with like Hawkins or Ryan Whalen could have a leg up in this seemingly wide open competition. There's still a lot of time for Shipley to make up some ground.