Is this signing related to Chad Johnson's shoulder injury? Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com makes that connection; meanwhile Ocho Cinco, like most injured players, maintains he'll be fine opening day. Perhaps there's more to Johnson's injury than we know right now, but remember that Henry won't be helping for a while - he's got a four-game suspension to run before he can return to the field. Also keep in mind Johnson recently had his ankle scoped.
The learning curve has been steep for Cincinnati's rookie receivers, albeit Jerome Simpson had a field day against the Detroit backups last week (five catches,114 yards). Andre Caldwell has been dealing with a sprained foot and has been a minor disappointment to this point. Antonio Chatman and Marcus Maxwell are basically journeymen at best. By default the receiver uncertainty in Cincinnati makes tight end Ben Utecht an interesting sleeper play.
Let's get down to brass tacks, what's the game plan with ranking the Cincinnati passing game? The hard news and what it might imply makes me a little more nervous on Carson Palmer, that's for sure. I'm not adjusting my Houshmandzadeh rank. I don't think anyone really knows for sure what Johnson's true physical status is right now; if you're drafting this weekend, I'd suggest a long, pregnant pause before dialing up 85.
Henry still has the talent to be one of the Top 20-30 wide receivers in fantasy, and if he were to start for the Bengals at any point this year, I'll start ranking him in the Top 20. But is his head on straight? Why should we believe that this year's version will be any different than the loose cannon the team put up with over the last few seasons? He'll be somewhere on my next WR board, I'm still not sure where. I'm not a big fan of carrying around dead roster spots for months at a time.
WKRP lines are now open. Let's toss this around.