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Opportunity knocks in Bengals' passing game

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By Mike Wilkening

No Bengals offensive player merits more respect from opposing defenses than WR A.J. Green, and no Bengals pass catcher figures to be targeted more by Cincinnati over a full season. However, there are still plenty of other passes to go around in the Bengals’ offense, and two names to watch are WRs Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns. Hawkins, a former CFL player, set career-highs in targets (nine), catches (eight) and receiving yards (86) in Week One at Baltimore. Small but elusive, the 5-7, 180-pound Hawkins operates well inside and can quickly turn a short pass into a nice gain. The 6-3, 210-pound Binns, meanwhile, has moved ahead of Brandon Tate at the starting WR spot opposite of Green. The Bengals can move Green around in an attempt to create mismatches, but another, more subtle way to make life easier on the club’s go-to receiver is if some of the club’s more under-the-radar players step up when given the opportunity. Hawkins has done so on multiple occasions in two seasons in Cincinnati, and now Binns, an undrafted free agent in 2011, gets his most extended look. 

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