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Jay Gruden On The No. 2 Receiver: "Neck-and-Neck" Between Armon Binns And Brandon Tate

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May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Armon Binns (85) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE
May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Armon Binns (85) during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

Much like the focus on the team's cornerback situation, the other question that invites bouts of hypochondriasis (perhaps with higher popularity) surrounds the premature question regarding the competition for the No. 2 wide receiver spot. Many names are thrown into the preverbal hat, ranging from an undrafted free agent (Armon Binns), a return specialist without a single reception last year (Brandon Tate) and rookie receivers (Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu).

Following Tuesday's OTA session, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was pressed about who is leading the competition. He supplied two names.

According to Gruden, the race for the No. 2 wide receiver is "neck-and-neck" between wide receiver Armon Binns and Brandon Tate, writes CBS Sports Rapid Reports. This isn't surprising. Nearly a full month after the NFL draft, teams are somewhat hesitant to propel rookie receivers into discussions of playing time. And please stop with the whole "A.J. Green" reminder from last year. He's an aberration, an exception to the rule that receivers require more time to adjust to the NFL.