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Binns, Tate battling for starting wideout job with Bengals

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CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01: Brandon Tate #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball while tackled by Dennis Pitta #88 and Emmanel Cook #37 of the Baltimore Ravens during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The Bengals’ receiving corps has undergone a dramatic overhaul in recent years. Now led by one of the best young wideouts in the league (A.J. Green), it’s unknown who will start across from him.

Despite plenty of buzz and hype and expectations for rookie Mohamed Sanu, the two men currently deemed most likely to serve as the No. 2 behind Green are Armon Binns and Brandon Tate.

“It’s early to tell, but right now I’d say it’s close,” offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said Tuesday, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “[Binns] and Tate are neck and neck and [Ryan] Whalen obviously, he can play everything also. They are all showing promise. Just a matter of who puts, day in and day out, the most positive days back to back to back.”

Much can change in the next 100 days or so. Apart from injuries, Sanu can come on strong, leapfrogging everyone (except Green). If in the end Tate becomes a starter, the Patriots will look more than a little foolish for dumping him last September and keeping former Bengals starter Chad Ochocinco.