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Bengals fans have waited a long time to see Jerome Simpson on the field. The second-round pick from 2008 finally has the starting job we always expected him to, but I'm hardly impressed.
Simpson is 6'2", quick and can make some tremendous catches. Unfortunately, he tends to drop just as many. I do believe he can get better, but I'd rather not wait around any longer for him to do so.
The next available option would be Andre Caldwell. Personally, I think Caldwell can handle the job, but he also has problems with drops. He doesn't drop it as often as Simpson, but they always seem to come at the worst times.
If Simpson and Caldwell don't step it up, there are a few other options the Bengals have.
New Orleans Saints receivers Robert Meachem and Marques Colston will be free agents after this season. It's unlikely they'd let go of Colston, Brees' favorite target, but they'll have to open the checkbooks for the seventh-round stud.
Doing so, it is likely they'll let Meachem test free agency.
Meachem has great speed and rarely drops the ball. It's unlikely he'll be very expensive, as he is only a second target, but if things fall into place, he'd be a valuable addition to the team.
The Bengals could also look to the draft. Receivers like Notre Dame's Michael Floyd and Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller will likely fall to the second round, where the Bengals could pick them up.
Remember, this is only if Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell don't produce. Let's hope they do.