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Bengals1181
06-17-2014, 09:05 PM
Bengals' Cobi Hamilton competes to catch on

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Inside the Bengals wide receiver room, excuses are tolerated less than drops. Among a group all asked to play and produce immediately and whose version of a veteran is 26-year-old Brandon Tate, expectations arrive faster than a 5-yard-slant fastball.

Cobi Hamilton understands this basic truth. It doesn't take an aeronautical engineer to count to six in the crowded wide receivers room these days. His time is now.

Hamilton, a sixth-round pick last season, drew praise with receivers coach James Urban calling him the most improved receiver on the team during a season spent on the practice squad. This from a player who rewrote the University of Arkansas record books with 90 receptions and 1,335 receiving yards his senior year.

He displayed flashes of brilliance during this month's offseason training camp blowing by defensive backs and hauling in acrobatic contested catches in the back of the end zone. He's also shown flashes of disappointment late in camp with a collection of drops.

Hamilton will spend much of the next month back home in Texas decompressing, but understanding any slack has been eliminated as he returns for the open of training camp July 24.

"It's pretty hard trying to come in and get immediate playing time as a rookie," Hamilton said. "There's a lot of stuff you got to know off the field and on the field to earn your time. This year is completely different for me. I know exactly what I have to do to get on the field."
What he needs to do is survive an intriguing battle developing in the back end of the receivers room. The Bengals will likely keep three quarterbacks, making it hard to imagine stretching to seven wide receivers, which has occurred in the past. Counting down the line of A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, that leaves Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Tate, Hamilton, James Wright and Ryan Whalen among the five challenging for three spots.

"They are all well aware of it and we don't shy away from the competition," Urban said. "We help each other out, train together, coach each other up, which I love, but in the end we are all competing for a limited number of roster spots. The question is: What value do you bring to this roster?"

Hamilton's case offers potential due to what he's proven capable of bringing in the passing game. He caught seven receptions for 68 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass from Josh Johnson in limited action last preseason.

His size at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and speed of a 4.5 40-yard dash don't hurt, but in the end his ability to latch on to the Bengals roster could inevitably depend on figuring out skills he rarely attempted in the SEC.

"Cobi Hamilton, you were an accomplished wide receiver at the collegiate level, you had 1,300 yards receiving your senior year, but can you prove that you can contribute on special teams? Those kinds of things come up," Urban said.

They come up with every player Hamilton finds himself competing. Can Sanzenbacher beat out Tate as a returner? Can seventh-round rookie James Wright prove more than a speedy, special-teams ace? Can Tate break through and finally show consistency as a receiver?

Regardless, to think the door swings open or closed for any of those would be a mistake. The Bengals plan on lining up in training camp and allowing the most valuable teammate to earn a spot among 53.

Hamilton feels more ready than ever to seize his opportunity. Even if that opportunity catches the eye of those outside Paul Brown Stadium.

"I came in more mature than I did my rookie year, of course, I'm just really excited for camp because I know what to expect and just kind of how to practice and how to go about things," he said. "I'll make sure from now until camp to keep myself in tip-top shape so that if I am not here playing, I'm somewhere else playing. My goal is to be somewhere playing this year."


http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2014/06/17/bengals-cobi-hamilton-competes-three-receiver-spots/10714107/

Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 07:41 AM
Bengals WR Hamilton making strong bid for roster spot

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Wide receiver Coby Hamilton, the Cincinnati Bengals' sixth-round draft pick from 2013, didn't finish off camp exactly the way he would like as he dropped a few passes he should have caught.

But that barely diminished what was a strong offseason and strong step toward making the Bengals 53-man roster.

Hamilton drew praise from receivers coach James Urban, who called him the most improved receiver on the team during a season spent on the practice squad. This from a player who rewrote the University of Arkansas record books with 90 receptions and 1,335 receiving yards his senior year.

He displayed flashes of brilliance during this month's offseason training camp, blowing by defensive backs and hauling in acrobatic contested catches in the back of the end zone.

Hamilton will spend much of the next month home in Texas decompressing, but understanding any slack has been eliminated as he returns for the open of camp.

"It's pretty hard trying to come in and get immediate playing time as a rookie," Hamilton said. "There's a lot of stuff you got to know off the field and on the field to earn your time. This year is completely different for me. I know exactly what I have to do to get on the field."

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Numbers
06-19-2014, 09:12 AM
I'm pulling for him. I'd like to see at least one maybe two of our WR's step up. Even if it is on special teams.

Bengals1181
06-22-2014, 05:59 PM
Cobi Hamilton ready to earn bigger role with Cincinnati Bengals

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Tom Pennington


After getting drafted by the Bengals (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/cincinnati-bengals) in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-draft), wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/193905/cobi-hamilton) spent his rookie season on the practice squad.
"It's pretty hard trying to come in and get immediate playing time as a rookie," Hamilton said, via Cincinnati.com (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2014/06/17/bengals-cobi-hamilton-competes-three-receiver-spots/10714107/). "There's a lot of stuff you got to know off the field and on the field to earn your time. This year is completely different for me. I know exactly what I have to do to get on the field."




After catching 90 passes for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns his senior year, Hamilton fell further in the draft than most expected.
No matter. The Bengals will give him every opportunity to earn a roster spot and become a contributor this season. That's what they've done with all of the current receivers.
Just ask Mohamed Sanu (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154912/mohamed-sanu) (3rd round), Marvin Jones (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155096/marvin-jones) (5th) or Ryan Whalen (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131111/ryan-whalen) (6th), three players who've gone from developmental picks to significant contributors (Whalen on just special teams).
A.J. Green (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131126/a-j-green) is the only receiver drafted in the first or second round on the roster. The rest of the group were ether picked later in the draft, or plucked off the waiver wire.
That said, Hamilton has a long battle in front of him just to earn a roster spot before even becoming a contributor to a tea, expected to make the playoffs in 2014.
His biggest weakness to this point has been his reluctance to devote himself to special teams and making an impact there.
"Cobi Hamilton, you were an accomplished wide receiver at the collegiate level, you had 1,300 yards receiving your senior year, but can you prove that you can contribute on special teams? Those kinds of things come up," receivers coach James Urban said.

Hamilton posted seven receptions for 68 yards receiving and a touchdown during the preseason. He showed flashes of a receiver capable of cracking the top 4 of the Bengals' rotation.
Earlier this offseason (http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/4/14/5613948/james-urban-takes-blame-for-mohamed-sanus-struggles-praises-cobi), Urban is very high on Hamilton going into his second NFL season:
"I have high hopes for him. He has high hopes for himself. He just has to do it," Urban says. "He's got great size, great range. He's a bit of a long strider, but once he gets going he can run, he runs fine. I think he had an adjustment getting into great NFL shape and finding a comfort level like many rookies do and he started to make a lot of plays.
"He worked his tail off. He stayed out with me after practice, he started seeing things and it started to click for him."

With Andrew Hawkins now gone, that leaves an open receiver spot on the final 53-man roster. Hamilton has to make a bigger impact on special teams though to catch on as a fifth or sixth receiver.
Dane Sanzebacher, Brandon Tate and even Whalen have found ways to make an impact on that unit. The Bengals also spent a 7th-round pick on LSU receiver James Wright, a noted special teams ace.
"I came in more mature than I did my rookie year, of course, I'm just really excited for camp because I know what to expect and just kind of how to practice and how to go about things," Hamilton said. "I'll make sure from now until camp to keep myself in tip-top shape so that if I am not here playing, I'm somewhere else playing. My goal is to be somewhere playing this year."

It sounds like Hamilton is ready for the challenge.

http://www.cincyjungle.com/2014/6/22/5830342/cobi-hamilton-role-cincinnati-bengals