Late for Work 7/28: T.O. In Cincy. Now Who Has Better WR Unit?

Plus, the Vikings as a destination for Kelley Washington and more pre-season NFL Rankings.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 9:32 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

T.O. In Cincy. Now Who Has Better WR Unit?

It’s officially official. 

Receiver Terrell Owens is now a Bengal, joining Chad Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant in a potent receiving corps that will real in balls from veteran Carson Palmer.

While ESPN’s Adam Schefter jokingly urged Palmer to work on an endorsement deal with Tylenol, Jason Cole from YahooSports.com believes the Bengals could have their best team since 2005.

But with a suddenly compelling receiving squad in Baltimore, made possible by deft offseason moves and the ascension of third-year quarterback Joe Flacco, many have wondered if the Ravens are now equipped to win offensive shootouts.

We may get the answer to that very question early in the season, Week 2 to be exact, when Baltimore visits the Bengals.

It will be the Ravens’ Anquan Boldin, Derrick Mason and Donte’ Stallworth vs. the Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens and Antonio Bryant.

"[They are] pretty close in my estimation," tweeted Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley shortly after the news about "Ocho Uno" broke.

Looking at the 2009 combined numbers of each team’s three receivers (2008 for Stallworth – he was inactive in 2009), the Ravens’ triplet totaled 2,222 yards on 174 receptions and 14 touchdowns while the Bengals’ squad amassed 2,476 yards on 166 receptions and 18 touchdowns.

The numbers are close, as are the dynamics of the offense.

"I bet i won’t see all them damn double teams now!" Ochocinco tweeted. "C. Benson could have a 2,000 yd season with the attention we gonna command."

The same could be said for Derrick Mason on the double teams, as well as for Ray Rice who already notched 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2009. (Speaking of Rice, he tweeted last night that the Bengals will still lose to the Ravens.)

This may come down to defense after all.

"The Baltimore Ravens’ secondary is banged up," ESPN’s James Walker said.

"Adding Owens will help strengthen Cincinnati and take advantage of other division teams’ weaknesses. The Bengals were at their best passing the ball when T.J. Houshmandzadeh was able to take advantage of Ochocinco being double-teamed.

Now AFC North defenses will have to consider bringing back that strategy."

Vikings Interested In Kelley Washington?

Wondering where former Ravens receiver Kelley Washington will land in 2010?

According to Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, the Vikings may be interested.

After hearing "rumblings" the Vikings could be pursuing the former Raven, Zulgad said he checked out the situation.

"The Vikings do at least have an interest in the veteran, according to NFL sources," Zulgad blogged. "That does not mean something definitely will happen but clearly the Vikings have been looking to bring in competition at the receiver position."

Banks: Jets No.1, Ravens No. 3

Don Banks of SI.com published his pre-training camp NFL Rankings, placing the Ravens No. 3 among all 32 teams behind the New Orleans Saints and, get this, the New York Jets, who are at No.1.

The Jets have improved this offseason, but No. 1? Really?

Anyway, Banks did have good things to say about the Ravens.

"I liked almost everything about the Ravens offseason, from Anquan Boldin signing in March to Marc Bulger signing in June as a potentially shrewd insurance policy on the health of Joe Flacco," Banks said.

"But what really has caught my ear is the sense of urgency that prevails on Baltimore’s roster. It’s a hungry team, with an intriguing blend of youth and experience in almost all of the right spots. Bigger things are in store this year for the Ravens than just the AFC’s sixth seed in the playoffs and another January road trip."

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