Like Houshmanzadeh, Bengals' Coles Should Benefit As a No. 2 Wideout

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IAugust 1, 2009

GEORGETOWN, KY - JULY 31:  Laveranues Coles #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31, 2009 in Georgetown, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Before signing with the Seattle Seahawks during the offseason, former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmanzadeh established his reputation as one of the best No. 2 wideouts in the NFL.

With most of the opposing defenders focusing more on wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, Houshmanzadeh was able to take advantage and find more ways to find himself open. In fact, many analysts considered Houshmanzadeh as a No. 1 wide receiver playing for a team as a No. 2 wideout.

During his tenure in Cincinnati, Houshmanzadeh was always considered the No. 2 wide receiver, no matter how impressive his statistics may were. There is a chance his numbers were good enough to be considered a No. 1 wideout on most teams in the NFL, which is part of the reason why he left for the Seahawks.

Despite his signing with the Seahawks, the Bengals quickly replaced Houshmanzadeh two days after he left by signing former Jets wide receiver, Laveranues Coles.

When Coles signed a four-year deal worth $28 million with the Bengals this offseason, he was entering a similar situation Houshmanzadeh had been in for long in Cincinnati; he was a wide receiver who was capable of being a No. 1 wideout playing the role of a No. 2 option for the Bengals.

The great thing about Coles is he should be able to take advantage of opposing defenses focusing more on where Ochocinco is when quarterback Carson Palmer lines up for each snap, just like Houshmanzadeh did.

In some cases, Coles and Houshmanzadeh may be spitting images of each other who just happened to play with the Bengals at different times. However, Coles has an advantage over Houshmanzadeh considering he has played the role of a No. 1 wide receiver with two previous teams.

Throughout his career, Coles has recorded 631 receptions for 8,095 yards and 44 touchdowns during his 10 seasons in the league. The Bengals mark his third team after spending his first nine seasons with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins.

Houshmanzadeh, on the other hand, is starting a new chapter in his career by playing his first season away from the Bengals in the Seahawks. The ninth-year wide receiver has spent his entire career with the Bengals, hauling in 507 receptions for 5,782 yards and 37 touchdowns.