With Bryant in fold, is pass-catching TE next for Bengals?

Posted March 18, 2010 @ 12:24 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

The Bengals' signing of former Buccaneers WR Antonio Bryant aims to solve one of their glaring problems: a lack of a playmaking receiver to pair with Chad Ochocinco. Bryant's presence could do wonders for Ochocinco, whom opposing secondaries could zero in upon last season. With Bryant in the fold, wide receiver becomes a lesser priority in the draft. However, tight end still looms as a position that the club could address early. PFW's latest mock draft has the Bengals selecting Oklahoma's Jermaine Gresham, the most highly regarded TE prospect, in Round One. The Bengals did re-sign veteran TE Daniel Coats earlier in March, but he's primarily a blocker who struggles to catch the ball. If Bryant bolsters the Bengals' passing game as expected — and if the Bengals' running game is as robust as it was last season — a capable pass-catching tight end could conceivably exploit defenses being pulled in too many directions.


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