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Old 03-28-2006   #1
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Default A little research on New WR Kevin Walter

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Bengals: Depth At Receiver Means Tough Decisions Lay Ahead

In a Dayton Daily News article, Carlos Holmes writes for the first time in years, the Cincinnati Bengals head into training camp loaded with quality depth at the wide receiver position. A good thing, yes! However, it will be no easy task when it comes time to reduce their roster. This means some talented receivers could eventually hit the open market courtesy of the Bengals.

Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are the only two receivers guaranteed a spot, leaving veterans like Peter Warrick and Kelley Washington to fight for a place on the roster during training camp.

Although a number of receivers will be vying for a position, the one guy that may already have a leg up on the rest is Kevin Walter. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver made it extremely difficult to be ignored with his performance during the team's recent minicamp.

Walter showed that he is steadily improving by being consistent and making plays. He was strong off the line, quick, ran good routes and demonstrated outstanding blocking skills. He also showed that he can stretch the field when he blew past CB Tory James and made a nice one-handed grab along the sideline before being pushed out of bounds. The sure-handed receiver was even more impressive during red zone drills when he put a move on CB Deltha O'Neal that left him caught like a deer in headlights, freeing Walter up to catch a touchdown pass in the back corner of the end zone.

To improve his game, Walter said over the off-season he worked on his flexibility and watched lots of film as well as studying teammate Chad Johnson in an effort to try and pick up some of his techniques to become a more well-rounded receiver.

Selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, Walter was released by the team out of training camp and claimed off waivers by the Bengals. There are several NFL scouts who feel that the Giants may have given up too quickly on Walter, much like the organization did with Ed McCaffrey and Joe Jurevicius, who both went on to receive Super Bowl rings with other clubs.

The Bengals have been patiently waiting for Walter to develop, mainly because they love his upside. Some see him evolving into a possession-type receiver and a go-to-guy in clutch situations. Keep in mind that this kid was regarded as the premier receiver in the Mid-American Conference in 2002, so he's no slouch.

Smith's Take: WR Chad Johnson is a stud who could lead the NFL in receiving this season if Carson Palmer can continue to grow as a player. T.J. Houshmandzadeh has worked hard on his game and he is guaranteed a roster spot after his 978 yard performance of a year ago. After that it is anybody's guess who will make this squad and see some playing time. Peter Warrick was a great slot receiver but it is unknown at this point whether he will ever be 100% healthy again. He did catch 253 passes and scored 18 times in his first four full seasons so he is capable of putting up decent numbers. Kelley Washington is a talented kid who has scored seven times over the last two seasons in limited action. This Kevin Walter kid sounds like the real deal and he is almost certain to make the roster. However to further complicate matters; the article doesn't even mention rookie sensation Chris Henry whom the Bengals appear to love. If I had to wager a guess at this point, the top four would be: Johnson, Houshmandzadeh, Walter and Henry with Warrick and Washington battling it out for a roster spot. If either player gets cut loose, you can guarantee some other team will pick either up in a heartbeat.
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Good find , Thanx
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Selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2003 draft, Walter was released by the team out of training camp and claimed off waivers by the Bengals. There are several NFL scouts who feel that the Giants may have given up too quickly on Walter, much like the organization did with Ed McCaffrey and Joe Jurevicius, who both went on to receive Super Bowl rings with other clubs.
Man, let us hope so.
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Very nice,good info!
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Awesome read. We may have gotten a real steal for Walter. With a new coaching staff and the WR positions still up in the air, Walter has a real good shot at showcasing his talents here in Houston. I'm looking forward to seeing him contributing next year.
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If Walter was looking for a good opportunity to play, he's come to the right place. I think he will be decent for us, but nothing special.
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If this article is right and Walter comes through, then this how you find value in free agency!
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I beleive if we dont sign a #2 receiver out of the FA or dont get moulds, then kevin walter will prove that he can hang as a #2 receiver and will be a big impact on our offense. The guy in my eyes is good/great and will soon be great. I like him alot and beleive he will really show himself this year. He will also be a great addition to our special teams.
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I live here in Cincinnati and I watched him play. He catches the ball with his hands and not his body. Once the ball hits his hands it's like it has super glue on it. He was the main target for John Ketna when Carlson Palmer get hurt in their last game against Pittsburg in the playoffs. I believe he caught 8 passes after he replaced Chris Henry when Henry got hurt the same time Carlson did. Chad and TJ were coverd all day and this guy caught every thing that was thrown his way. You will like this guy alot, he works harder than any one on that team.
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so basically he's a WR with the mindset of a TE. Got it. good guys to have on a roster. They aren't me guys.
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How's this for "a little research?" Kevin Walter: Cincinnati, three years, 30 catches, one TD. Nuff said, the #s don't lie.
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why don't you post the stats for chad johnson and tj houshmandzedah the last couple of years bobo. not everybody can catch 80 balls a year. give the guy a break.
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How's this for "a little research?" Kevin Walter: Cincinnati, three years, 30 catches, one TD. Nuff said, the #s don't lie.
A young WR isnt going to get many balls behind 2 solid WR's like CJ and TJ...Look at players like Warner and Delhomme...never made a roster until they went to Super Bowls...
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A young WR isnt going to get many balls behind 2 solid WR's like CJ and TJ...Look at players like Warner and Delhomme...never made a roster until they went to Super Bowls...
He's a troll, he hasn't made a positive post since he's been here, pay no attention to him.

just check out his post history
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I know there are an awful lot of negative people around but I was just trying to prove a point to him, thanks though
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I remember reading the same type of stuff in the Chronicle about Gaffney and Bradford while they were here. I have more trust in Kubiak than I do in Capers though, and hopefully this guy turns out to be a steal.
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I have been real exited about this pick. Maybe my friend "steeler fan" is busting my bubble but did the deal go through? He said that it fell through? I hope not.
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