All Aboard the Shipley Wagon?

After two seasons with the Bengals, wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been waived by Cincinnati. Shipley had a relatively productive rookie season despite suffering a concussion finishing the year with 52 receptions, 600 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 2011 campaign was cut short when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in just the second week of the season and subsequently he had been working his way back onto the field.

Unfortunately for Shipley, the Bengals decided to get insurance policies in the form of rookies Mohamed Sanu, Orson Charles, Justin Hilton and Marvin Jones not to mention the talents of A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham–Jordan was the odd man out. Shipley had been doing everything the Bengals asked of him but offensive coordinator Jay Gruden forewarned that the receiver was still not quite back from his injury and the clock was beginning to toll for him. He had a four yard catch against the Jets last Thursday but only saw significant minutes with the bottom end of Cincy’s roster.

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While it certainly is a tough break for Shipley, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. Though he’s not at full strength yet, he’s close and given the state of the Jets’ receiving corp in recent days, Shipley, who also has special teams experience, could be an alternative–it could end no worse than the Jeff Otah experiment. When I wrote a Prospect Watch on Shipley in 2010, I was very high on him coming out of Texas though with his injuries, it may limit his appeal. Nonetheless, the Jets have nothing to lose if they can get him in for a look so why not?