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Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis Appears More Interested In Youth Movement

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Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaks during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis speaks during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Since the winter snow turned to spring rain, plenty of discussions have taken place about the team's situations at the No. 2 wide receiver position. Despite taking a lackadaisical approach in free agency, the team felt comfortable enough to move forward with their current roster, supplemented by the probability of draft picks. Sure Braylon Edwards' name surfaced, but we're suspicious of the seriousness regarding those reports. But we acknowledge personal hesitations regarding a former Wolverine and Browns receiver.

Armon Binns' name surfaced during Marvin Lewis' press conference at the NFL Combine. Cincinnati selected two wide receivers during last month's draft. Bengals wide receivers coach James Urban promotes Tate's opportunity this spring to have an effective role on the team's offense, despite not having recorded a reception with the Bengals last season.

Regardless the Bengals appear somewhat content with their wide receiver spot for the time being. Why? Well simply put, head coach Marvin Lewis isn't interested in a roster full of older players.

"We're pretty full with players and keep seeing if there are guys who are released who can help us and make us competitive but we want to strike the balance of the young players, too," Lewis said. "I don't want to fill up our 90 spots with all old players. We've got to have some young guys to help supplement the draft picks and so at the end of the day you have an opportunity of guys trending up. We don't want to have too many guys on the other side of their careers."

It's an interesting quote. Since Lewis' arrival in 2003 through their four-win season in 2010, the Bengals have always made it a point to have a veteran presence at the wide receiver position. But for now it appears that that role will fall on second-year player A.J. Green.