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The Legendary Fight of the Year: Bengals Wide Receiver Position Battle Heats Up Before Training Camp

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Jordan Shipley impressed James Walker as the ESPN writer wrote that he was "very impressive. The third-round pick caught everything this week. He's already developing a good rapport with quarterback Carson Palmer, and Shipley has a good knack for finding the open seams of the defense." Geoff Hobson wrote:

Quarterback Carson Palmer hit six of eight passes in the one-minute drill, three over the middle to Shipley as he flashed his slot moves against a variety of defenders. After getting behind safety Gibril Wilson, on the next snap Shipley beat 11-year middle linebacker Dhani Jones over the middle and ripped the ball away from the tight coverage. Standing up for his new man, Palmer didn’t like it when Shipley ended up hitting the deck on the play and let the defense know everyone is supposed to stay on their feet in no-contact drills.

Most reports out of camp are suggesting the same thing. Receivers expected to make the roster, in order of depth chart prediction, are Chad Ochocinco, Antonio Bryant, Jordan Shipley and Andre Caldwell. The bigger question is what happens with the final two spots, assuming the Bengals take six receivers into the regular season. Joe Reedy wrote that Matt Jones "displayed nice hands throughout OTAs and minicamp, but he has been getting off the line slow." Jerome Simpson made a few awesome catches, but "there were also some drops from Simpson this week." Quan Cosby's path to making the team likely rests the on special teams battle for punt returner. If anything was learned after this week's minicamp, it's that the wide receiver position is going to be really tough to predict.

So what's your six-man wide receiver depth chart prediction?