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Grade the Bengals Offseason: Wide Receiver

We're taking a look at each position and how the Bengals improved during the offseason, broken down by position. We present, you grade the results. After you grade, present your reasons.


2012: A.J. Green, Armon Binns, Brandon Tate, Jordan Shipley, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins, Ryan Whalen, Taveon Rogers, Kashif Moore, Justin Hilton, Vidal Hazelton

2013: A.J. Green, Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones, Andrew Hawkins, Brandon Tate, Cobi Hamilton, Ryan Whalen, Dane Sanzenbacher, Taveon Rogers, Roy Roundtree, Tyrone Goard

Looking at the roster chart, one reflects that Cincinnati's wide receivers offer a core of names that were on last year's squad with no major additions. In fact, the transaction chart chronicles the addition of a handful of rookies, including sixth-round pick Cobi Hamilton.

But that's not it at all.

Along with Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, impressive rookies from last season returning for an encore, the Bengals are in a different place. Brandon Tate and Armon Binns aren't the competing No. 2 wide receivers. Jay Gruden is no longer pondering life, politics, religion, and what do with Mohamed Sanu. And the competing players destined to challenge each other for the No. 2 receiver position are the aforementioned second-year players.