I know that this subject has been poured over for weeks. Countless people have given their two cents regarding what effect Terrell Owens will have in Cincinnati, but I feel that there is an aspect of Terrell Owens' presence that has not fully been addressed.
I like to call it the "Big Name" effect.
It’s no secret that there is a fierce battle waging at Georgetown College between receivers hoping to keep their place on the roster.
Forgetting for a moment T.O., Antonio Bryant and OchoCinco, we have: Dezmon Briscoe, Andre Caldwell, Quan Cosby, Jordan Shipley and Jerome Simpson among others all hoping for a look in.
I ask you not to analyze the acquisition of Terrell Owens not simply for what numbers he himself can put on the board, but instead to also look at what effect Terrell Owens being a part of the Bengals has on the receiving core.
What I am getting at by this is that for those who say Terrell Owen is simply a "big name," can no longer be called a starting a receiver anymore, can no longer make the plays he used to, or can no longer run as fast, that maybe Owens' decline doesn’t matter so much.
If Terrell Owens is simply a big name, then that alone will make an impact. Young receivers like Jordan Shipley want to make an impact and impress, Shipley will work as hard as he can to lock up the slot position, and try and outshine T.O. and play to a standard that allows Carson Palmer to get the ball to him as much as possible.
Likewise, receivers like Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson will desperately want to show that they can hang with the "big name," that they can play to his standard and I expect their game to improve significantly because of this.
So by making these claims I would suggest that even if T.O. puts up mediocre yardage his names effect on the team will have produced more success than numbers can tell.
The Cincinnati receiving core is full of healthy competition this season brought on by some "big names" being present. These big names regardless of what they produce will cause the rest of the receiving core to pull their socks up and give it everything they’ve got, enhancing all aspects of Cincy’s passing game.
Maybe I’m wrong and Cincinnati’s receiving core will give up all hope now that T.O. is in town, but I really cannot see it happening. I think it’s exciting not only for the fans but I believe that there is a great deal of excitement in the receiving camp too.
Let’s not assume that T.O. will not affect further than just the receiving core. Cedric Benson will be keen to prove that just because Terrell’s come to town doesn’t mean that Cincinnati is not a run-first team anymore. Expect him to put up big numbers this season!
If T.O. is only in town for one season, his presence will still have had an effect on seasons to come. Cincinnati’s other talents will strive to prove that their ability is of more worth than a "Big Name."