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Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:24 AM
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One scan of the Bengals lot of wide receivers and the team's model in developing the position is clear. This isn't a group of high-pedigree, top picks or veterans making mega-deals. The team lives comfortably in the land of young wideout development.
Take a look. Outside of A.J. Green, who was the no-brainer No. 4 overall pick in 2011, the Bengals have not selected a wide receiver in the first or second round since Jerome Simpson in 2008.
On their current roster, only Mohamed Sanu (2012, 3rd round) and Green were selected before the fifth round by the team. The rest of those competing were all late-round developmental projects or off the street from other squads.


A.J. Green: first round, 2011
Mohamed Sanu: third round, 2012
Marvin Jones: fifth round, 2012
Dane Sanzenbacher: waiver pick-up, 2012
Brandon Tate: waiver pick-up, 2011
Cobi Hamilton: sixth round, 2013
James Wright: sixth round, 2014
Ryan Whalen: UFA, 2012
Colin Locker: UFA, 2014
Alex Nuetz: UFA, 2014
Jasper Collins: waiver pick-up, 2014


Something wide receivers coach James Urban told me yesterday sparked the thought to look at this composition in comparison to the rest of the league:
"It's not like I got a room full of first-round picks here," he said. "We are doing it the way, in my opinion, you are supposed to do it. Get young guys you have an eye for, work with them and develop them and try to get them good enough to come help you win football games."
You could argue it's worked for the Bengals, most notably with the contribution of Jones, Sanu and current Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins.
The Bengals aren't alone in this philosophy, obviously, or even near the first to utilize it. Will Brinson of CBS wrote about what teams spend on receivers and did a fantastic job of it earlier this month (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24579741/examining-what-each-nfl-team-spends-on-wide-receivers). The Patriots have been notorious running unknown receivers out there for year and the Colts would let Peyton Manning turn nobodies into somebodies every season. Now, that's with Manning and Tom Brady, a luxury few own.
Still, the Bengals are among half the league to only take one WR in the first or second round the last six drafts. Here's the list:


Patriots: Aaron Dobson (2, 2013)
Jets: Stephen Hill (2, 2012)
Dolphins: Jarvis Landry (2, 2014)
Bills: Sammy Watkins (1, 2014), Robert Woods (2, 2013)
Bengals: A.J. Green (1, 2011)
Ravens: Torrey Smith (2, 2011)
Steelers: None
Browns: Greg Little (2, 2011), Brian Robiskie (2, 2009), Mohamed Massaquoi (2, 2009)
Colts: None
Titans: Justin Hunter (2, 2013), Kendall Wright (1, 2012), Kenny Britt (1, 2009)
Jaguars: Marquise Lee (2, 2014), Allen Robinson (2, 2014), Justin Blackmon (1, 2012)
Texans: DeAndre Hopkins (1, 2013)
Broncos: Cody Latimer (2, 2014), Demaryius Thomas (1, 2010)
Chiefs: Jonathan Baldwin (1, 2011), Dexter McCluster (1, 2010)
Chargers: None
Raiders: Darrius Heyward-Bey (1, 2009)
Eagles: Jordan Matthews (2, 2014), Jeremy Maclin (1, 2009)
Cowboys: Dez Bryant (1, 2010),
Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. (1, 2014), Rueben Randle (2, 2012), Hakeem Nicks (1, 2009)
Redskins: None
Packers: Davante Adams (2, 2014), Randall Cobb (2, 2011)
Bears: Alshon Jeffery (2, 2012)
Lions: Ryan Broyles (2, 2012), Titus Young (2, 2011)
Vikings: Cordarelle Patterson (1, 2013), Percy Harvin (1, 2009)
Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin (1, 2014)
Saints: Brandin Cooks (1, 2014)
Falcons: Julio Jones (1, 2011)
Bucs: Mike Evans (1, 2014), Arrelious Benn (2, 2010)
Seahawks: Paul Richardson (2, 2014), Golden Tate (2, 2010)
49ers: A.J. Jenkins (1, 2012), Michael Crabtree (1, 2009)
Cardinals: Michael Floyd (1, 2012),
Rams: Tavon Austin (1, 2013), Brian Quick (2, 2012)


What does it all mean? Well, it means you cannot stress enough the importance of a coach like Urban and the advancement of players like Hamilton and James Wright to become productive members of the team.
This is and likely will continue to be A.J. and whatever diamonds in the rough the team can dig up.
The financial dynamics of the receiver room will be changing soon when Green's fifth-year option kicks in next year (or earns his large extension) and Jones begins talking contract. But productivity before the second contract from receivers selected in the back half of the draft and beyond is the strategy employed here.
The shelf life for receivers in this league is not long. Already far better than half the receivers selected in the first three rounds in 2007 (seven seasons, still shy of 30 years old) are out of the league -- 10 of 17. Nobody will deny it's a young man's game, but at no position is that truer than receiver. Develop or perish.

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/18/walkthrough-618-bengals-play-development-game-at-wr/10729675/

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:26 AM
to reference the Will Brinson article:


http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/WRCostByTeamGraph640.jpg

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:26 AM
http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/WRCapAllocation640.jpg

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:27 AM
http://cbssports.com/images/blogs/Cost_Per_Receiving_Yard_640.jpg

Bengals1181
06-18-2014, 11:29 AM
for whatever reason they left AJ and Marvin off this list. They combined for 149 receptions, 2,138 yds and 21 touchdowns.




TOP NFL WR DUOS


DUO (2013 COMBINED STATS)
RECEPTIONS
RECEIVING YARDS
TOUCHDOWNS


Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery
189
2,716
19


Roddy White (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/523103/roddy-white)/Julio Jones
104
1,291
5


Larry Fitzgerald/Michael Floyd
147
1,995
15


Jordy Nelson (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/417623/jordy-nelson)/Randall Cobb
116
1,747
12


DeSean Jackson/Pierre Garcon (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/583087/pierre-garcon)
195
2,678
14


Calvin Johnson (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/502629/calvin-johnson)/Golden Tate (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/1265470/golden-tate)
148
2,390
17


Demaryius Thomas/Wes Welker (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/493735/wes-welker)
165
2,208
24




http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24579741/examining-what-each-nfl-team-spends-on-wide-receivers