Yesterday, we spent a little time discussing the merits of Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. We know that Dalton likes throwing to fellow rookie A.J. Green - a highly talented wideout that, in three professional games, has already put up a monster stat line (10 receptions, 124 yards, 1 TD versus Denver) - but beyond that, things are a little murky.
Jerome Simpson starts next to Green - though that's not a certainty, considering he is currently mired in an investigation involving 2.5 pounds of marijuana. (He played through it a week ago, but caught just one pass for six yards.) Still, Simpson is apparently the receiver to keep an eye on beyond Green.
"The one man you have to keep your eye on is Jerome Simpson," said Josh Kirkendall of CincyJungle.com. "He's just as athletic as Green; one false move by the defense and he's gone. He split two defenders, who covered him deep, for an 84-yard gain against Denver."
One player that Buffalo might have had trouble dealing with tomorrow is slot receiver Jordan Shipley, who landed on IR in the pre-season with a serious left knee injury. In a 2010 matchup against Buffalo, Shipley killed the Bills underneath, catching five passes for 71 yards and giving Buffalo's secondary fits all day.
"Losing Shipley was huge," said Kirkendall. "He's a tremendous slot receiver that ran good routes and really understood what the defense was trying to do. He's fearless over the middle, makes crisp breaks and always finishes his runs. Andre Caldwell will take his spot as the slot receiver, who works well underneath that has the potential to beat you deep."
Don't sleep on tight end Jermaine Gresham, either; the former first-round pick has 12 receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown this season, and the Bills have once again struggled covering talented tight ends this season.