The Cincinnati Bengals entered the offseason looking to find replacements for receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the late Chris Henry. The team would like to think it has addressed those needs after drafting Texas All-American Jordan Shipley and Dezmon Briscoe. Only time will tell.
Shipley is being counted upon to contribute right away. He’s expected to challenge third-year receiver Andre Caldwell for the No. 3 position.
Caldwell is open to the competition but is not ready to relinquish his duties without a fight. If he goes down, he’s going down swinging.
“Competing is going to make everybody better,” Caldwell said in a recent interview. “I’m trying to make a name for myself this season by putting up big numbers. I want this to be a breakout season for me and be a key figure in the offense. So I’m up for the challenge.”