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Bengals Wide Receiver Position Battle Heating Up

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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 11: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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A lot of new faces from the Bengals roster are on display this weekend during the team's minicamp. One of the position battles that is under the microscope of coaches and fans alike is that of who will become the team's No.2 receiver this year. The main competitors for that job are rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, as well as second-year man Armon Binns.

According to Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer, both Jones and Binns were impressive during the team's first day of minicamp workouts.

Says Reedy of the two young receivers:

Armon Binns and Marvin Jones were the offensive performers of the day. Binns made a couple nice grabs during the afternoon session and Jones made a solid grab down the right sideline in the morning.

Binns has been praised throughout the offseason by head coach Marvin Lewis and it has been noted that the offensive staff pushed for him to get on the field last year. The Bengals were benefactors of Jones being a surprising draft weekend slide, and many believe he could be just the type of player the team needs opposite of A.J. Green. Both have good size and hands and it's apparent that they know that they're fighting each other for the job.

The wildcard is Sanu, as the jury is still out whether he's better suited as a slot receiver or on the outside. He's a different type of receiver than that of Jones, as he relies more on his savviness and ability to make the tough catches across the middle. Jones, on the other hand, seems to be the type of receiver that relies on his initial burst while working the sidelines. Regardless, it was wise for the team to grab two receivers in the draft with both Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson departing in free agency.

Needless to say, this is a battle we'll continue to monitor throughout the weekend and into Training Camp.