WR Armon Binns: The practice squad phenom-turned-contender for a starting wide receiver position shined once again Sunday. This time he pulled in five receptions for 69 yards to lead the team. More important than the yardage numbers were the fashion in which they were collected. Binns grabbed a deep ball down the sideline by tapping his feet inbounds as the ball was thrown over his back shoulder. He duplicated the feat on a deep out pattern a few plays later.
QB Andy Dalton didn't throw much with Binns last season, since he spent most of his practice time on the scout team. Plays like those Binns made Sunday will go a long way to developing confidence in the young receiver and understanding his wide catching radius. At the very least, his chances to make the team look secure as ever.
CB Nate Clements: Few would think a 12-year veteran projected to start would have much to be excited about regarding a scrimmage and mock game, but not the case with Clements. He's been battling back from a nagging groin/abdominal injury but was forced into taking a extended number of snaps all weekend with so many corners out with injury. He came through feeling and playing well. It appears to be a bit of a milestone in his recovery, as Cincinnati will need him across from Leon Hall.
DE Derrick Harvey: Really, Harvey was the ultimate loser of the weekend since he lost his job. The eighth overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2008 draft showed up as another one of Mike Zimmer's first-round talent reclamation projects. Zimmer successfully turned careers around before, but once he knows a guy can't be saved, he'll cut him loose. That's what happened when Harvey was released Sunday. He clearly dogged it through a coverage in the flat during the scrimmage that led to a long gain. This came a few days after finding himself in a fight with OL Otis Hudson. No hustle and not playing by team rules means no job around Zimmer and that was the case as the Bengals didn't even give Harvey a chance to take part in a game. The cut also serves the purpose of sending a message to the rest of the team. All-out effort isn't just a talking point, it will decide whether you stay or go. Unfortunately for Harvey, he served as the sacrificial lamb.
WR Jordan Shipley: The receiver still appears sluggish coming off his ACL injury and ran with the second team all weekend. WR Andrew Hawkins is the current starter at the slot position and unless Shipley finds his burst soon, it could mean he ends up on the chopping block come final cuts. Hawkins performed admirably last season with 23 receptions for 263 yards, though, a healthy Shipley fits the profile of what the Bengals desire out of the slot. Clearly after this weekend, Shipley hasn't proven to coaches he's back to the 2010 form where he led all rookies with 600 receiving yards.
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