The 6-4, 215-pound Hill has yet to live up to the billing as a big-play receiver, while Porter can't seem to even get on the field.
The Bengals are in need of another playmaker at receiver following the injury of Marvin Jones. With news that the New York Jets could actually cut receiver Stephen Hill if he doesn't step up his game, this could be a potential trade for Cincinnati to make.
Since Jones went down with a foot injury that will knock him out for at least the first month of the season, no one has managed to step up behind Mohamed Sanu and AJ Green. In theory, the Bengals would prefer to keep Green on the outside and Sanu in the slot, and have another capable WR out wide.
The 6-4, 215-pound Hill has yet to live up to the billing as a big-play WR who could terrorize defenders in the endzone with his size and athleticism. Still, New York is probably going to give the 2012 second-round pick another shot to make an impact, but it does appear he could be pried away for a reasonable price.
Sean Porter could be suitable. The 2014 4th-round pick has yet to make an impact, nor find a suitable role with the team. Porter’s most productive season came in 2011 as a "joker" linebacker, when he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after posting 79 tackles, and leading the team with 9.5 sacks and finished second with 17 tackles for loss. that production came with Porter being an edge-rusher in a 3-4 defense.
After the 2011 season, many people saw him having a huge season the next year and potentially being a 2nd or high 3rd-round pick, However, one thing changed his game completely, as the Aggies changed their defensive scheme from a 3-4 to a 4-3.
In 2012, A&M changed to a 4-3 front, and Porter was able to show he could handle almost any LB position in any defensive scheme. In particular, Porter showed off his superb coverage ability in both man and zone situations. He finished his senior year with 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 1 interception.
Porter would probably still be best suited as a 3-4 edge-rusher in Rex Ryan's scheme. Both he and Hill could probably use a change of scenery to try and keep their NFL careers alive, as it looks like both are heading for irrelevance, and possibly jobless.
While Hill wouldn't be anything to get too excited about, he could be a better option on the outside than Brandon Tate. If Sanu would were to move to the outside, that would mean either Dane Sanzebacher or James Wright would move into the slot.
Frankly, Hill and Green on the outside and Sanu in the slot sounds better.
As for Porter, he's showed a lot of talent when used as a 3-4 pass-rusher, and Ryan has made a living taking guys like Porter and making them 7-10 sack per year guys.
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