Coles vs Houshmandzadeh: Who Is the Better Fit for the Bengals’ No. 2 WR?


Published: September 30, 2009

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... T.J. Houshmandzadeh was arguably one of the best No. 2 wide receivers in all of football.

During his final four seasons with the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh hauled in 372 receptions for 4,084 yards and 32 touchdowns. He would take advantage of opposing defenses who would lack their coverage towards him considering most defenders were focused on finding ways to stop Chad Ochocinco.

One thing is certain; Houshmanzadeh loved playing for the Bengals and the fans of Cincinnati. However, he knew his desire to be a No. 1 wide receiver would never be fulfilled in Cincinnati as long as Ochocinco was there—which is part of the reason why he decided to sign with the Seahawks.

As much as the Bengals and their fans would miss Houshmandzadeh, they quickly found his replacement after signing unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Laveranues Coles—two days after Houshmandzadeh signed with the Seahawks.

Houshmandzadeh would be missed, but there was a lot of hype sur...

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