Bengals trying to keep Kelly (and should)

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 23, 2010 – 12:57 am


The Bengals didn’t say goodbye to tight end Reggie Kelly Thursday night. But it was just a few speeches short of a testimonial.

They made it quite clear that while they want to re-sign him it is going to be more as a mentor for rookie Jermaine Gresham. A few weeks ago Kelly said he had no problem mentoring a rookie that everyone expected the Bengals to take at some point but he also felt like he had plenty of juice left to start.

So it will be interesting to see if Kelly re-ups. The Bengals need him to go between Gresham and Chase Coffman on the depth chart to provide aid and comfort to two guys that haven’t played an NFL snap between them.

“He’s going to add a dimension to us,” said tight end coach Jon Hayes of Gresham. “We all know Reggie’s been great for us. He’s been a great player for us and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. I commend him for that, but Jermaine will give us a different dimension. We’ve got to get ways to get better in this business because you guys know if  we don’t we’ll be out the door next.”

If that doesn’t say Gresham is the starter, what does? But the Bengals still need the 33-year-old Kelly’s calm and brains at the position. Who’s going to show the kids? Of the four tight ends on the roster (Gresham, Coffman, Dan Coats, Darius Hill), only Coats has taken an NFL snap.

If anyone knows the value of experience, it is Bratkowski.

“Reggie’s very special. I know that a lot of people didn’t quite see the value in Reggie,” Bratkowski said.  I know more than once, (Jets head coach) Rex Ryan has complimented Reggie in that he said he’s never had an answer for him. He was the one guy, when they played us, because of what we did with Reggie in the pass protection and the run game, he’s given that compliment to Reggie. We think highly of Reggie, and other people do as well. I think that door still may be open. If it is, great.”

If anything, the Bengals need Kelly for the rematch with the Jets.  “Jermaine, let me show you how to protect Carson from Rex,” Bratkowski said.

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3 Responses to “Bengals trying to keep Kelly (and should)”

  1. By carson9 on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Lets get a 1 yr deal with Kelly on the cheap. That will be enough time to mentor Jermain & Chase, while still giving us decent protection. Coats will be the odd man out, as he struggles with simple catches, and is too small to effectively block. If Chase is a bust (I still think he may be), then extend Kelly’s deal as the primary back up, and shop or cut Coffman.

  2. By 2ndboot on Apr 26, 2010 | Reply

    I would like the Bengals to explain to fans that in the absence of Kelly this year the Bengals will have ONLY one, make that ONE tight end with ANY actual NFL playing time experience in Daniel Coats. While Daniel is by far not a fan favorite he DID play in nearly every game if not every game and from all I gather he often played hurt with zero complaints which in my opinion makes him a valuable asset to this team.
    His numbers certainly didn’t shine the way everyone would like, but it should be pointed out his YPC numbers were higher than Mr Caldwell. They weren’t higher by much, but then again Daniel wasn’t expected to be up with the high top receivers either while Andre was expected to be there.
    I wish, since the Bengals DID resign Daniel soon as resigning began someone in the organization would explain Daniels value to the team and not just let disgruntled fans unfairly rip him to pieces. He’s probably the toughest Bengals out there now if for no other reason than his ability to withstand insults without crying to the press.

  3. By carson9 on Apr 27, 2010 | Reply

    Coats is a decent blocker, and does give forth quite a bit of effort. I have nothing against the guy, and Im sure he is a wonderful person. But in terms of expanding the passing game, he’s just not the answer for the Bengals. If he is cut, he won’t be a free agent very long. Im quite sure some team wanting to establish a running attack would sign him. Its the lack of vertical game that devalues him. And no, Im definately not a disgruntled fan, in fact Im a very happy season ticket holder that couldnt be any more proud of my home town team!

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