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Bengals Hire Jackson As Receivers Coach

January 16, 2004

CINCINNATI (AP) _ The Bengals hired former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Hue Jackson as their receivers coach Friday, filling the only vacancy on their staff.

Jackson replaces Alex Wood, who left Wednesday to become offensive coordinator for Dennis Green in Arizona.

The Bengals also signed two free agents, running back Skip Hicks and cornerback Alvin Porter.

Jackson was an assistant along with Marvin Lewis in Washington during the 2002 season, when Lewis was the defensive coordinator. Lewis took over the Bengals last season and led them to an 8-8 record.

``I became well acquainted with the way he works when we were at Washington together,″ Lewis said.

Jackson was a college coach for 14 years, including a stint as offensive coordinator at Southern California from 1997-2000. He recruited and helped develop Carson Palmer, who won the Heisman Trophy and was the Bengals’ top pick last year.

Jackson was the Redskins’ running backs coach in 2001-02, and was promoted to coordinator by Steve Spurrier last year. Spurrier quit after the season.

Hicks played for Washington from 1998-2000 and for Tennessee in 2001. He was on Carolina’s roster in 2002, and did not play after being waived by the Panthers before last season began.

Porter played in 32 games, including five starts, for Baltimore in 2001-02. He appeared in one game last season before the Ravens waived him on Oct. 6.

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