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Jordan Shipley Could Threaten Cris Collinsworth's Rookie Receiving Records

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Through five games this year, Bengals third round pick, Jordan Shipley has recorded 21 receptions for 321 yards receiving and a touchdown. Also tied for the team lead with two receptions over 40 yards or more, Shipley has converted 76% of his receptions into first downs. T.J. Houshmandzadeh's best season converting receptions into first downs with the Bengals was in 2004, converting 67% of his passes into first downs.

Shipley ranks third among NFL rookies with 321 yards receiving. He's on pace to finish the season with 56 receptions and 856 yards receiving.

Former Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth holds the franchise receiving records with 67 receptions and 1,009 yards receiving in 1981. It's not inconceivable that Shipley replaces Collinsworth as the franchise's most productive rookie receiver.

If you think this is completely trivial, as we're talking about our third best receiver this year, consider this. Jordan Shipley, not Chad Ochocinco, not Terrell Owens, is the future of the Cincinnati Bengals.