In an interview with Bengals.com, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said he sees no reason to add a veteran receiver and that he’d be surprised if someone didn’t pan out from the current group. The Bengals currently have a young group of receivers, Brandon Tate, Marvin Jones, Armon Binns, Mohamed Sanu, Jordan Shipley, and Ryan Whalen behind clear #1 receiver AJ Green. One veteran they were linked to earlier this offseason was Braylon Edwards, but it appears the Bengals are yet another team that will not be offering him a contract.
Shipley is pretty solidified in the slot, assuming he’s healthy. Meanwhile, the Bengals are hoping one of the rest of the bunch can step up as a starter opposite Green. The favorite right now, based off of comments made by the Bengals coaching staff in the past, would seem to be Mohamed Sanu, their 3rd round pick in this past NFL Draft. Armon Binns, a 2011 undrafted free agent, and Jones, a 5th rounder this year, would then compete for the #4 receiver spot. Tate and Whalen are on the roster bubble. There’s still a lot up in the air though, but it doesn’t look like the Bengals will be adding a veteran either way.