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Not since the departure of T.J. Houshmandzadeh have the Bengals had a true No. 2 wide receiver.
The likes of Laveraneus Coles, Chad Ochocinco (in 2010) and Jerome Simpson have filled the gap in the intermittent period, but nobody has thrived.
A new year brings a new approach, and 2012 sees the Bengals with a plethora of receivers hoping to make the grade.
Eschewing available free agents such as Braylon Edwards, the Bengals will start the regular season with a Brandon Tate-Armon Binns combination opposite A.J. Green.
Neither have seen a huge amount of attention this preseason as the Bengals offense has struggled to get much going, entering Week 4 27th in receiving yards.
Marvin Jones has shown some real talent thus far but as his success has come against second-team defenses, it's hard to tell how he might fare with the first unit.
Andrew Hawkins had a slow start but looks to be gaining in confidence and should share time with Mo Sanu in the slot. Hawkins provides the Bengals with great hands and agility while Sanu brings size and speed to the table.
Andy Dalton has looked somewhat lost without a solid running game and Jermaine Gresham to lean on, focusing much of his attention on A.J. Green.
The Bengals will want to see some progression in Indianapolis, and for Binns or Tate to emerge as credible threats to draw the attention of opposing defenses in the regular season.