The Cincinnati Bengals were one of the biggest surprises this season, reaching the playoffs with a rookie QB Andy Dalton and rookie WR A.J. Green, but could the Cincinnati Bengals be in the midst of rebuilding their receiving corps for the 2012 season? Prior to the start of the 2011 regular season, Cincinnati decided to part ways with diva wide receivers, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens along with veteran QB Carson Palmer. Could Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden have more changes in store for the Bengals in 2012?
Could wide receivers Jerome Simpson, Andre Caldwell and Jordan Shipley all be done with the Bengals next season?
Beat writer Joe Reedy suggested this afternoon on Twitter, that the Bengals might be ready to move on without Andre Caldwell. Caldwell finished the season on the team’s injured reserve list this season after logging 37 receptions for 317 yards and three scores. Reedy has suggested several times this offseason that he doesn’t believe that Simpson will return to the Bengals next season either, despite his remarkable touchdown where he flipped over a defender late in the season.
The Bengals do appear ready to give University of Texas receiver, Jordan Shipley another try next season. For whatever reason, reports suggest that Shipley is not a good fit for Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, but he was lost for the season after Week Two with a knee injury and will likely be tried out as a slot receiver for the Bengals in 2012. In his rookie season, Shipley recorded 52 receptions for 600 yards and three scores.
The free agent pool is expected deep at the receiver position in 2012 but the Bengals might also return to the NFL Draft in order to add another pass catcher.