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|Chosen in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft, Sanu has an opportunity to compete for a starting spot as a rookie on a Bengals team desperate to find a solid starting option opposite A.J. Green. Coming out of Rutgers, Sanu has solid size at 6’2”, 210 pounds and is considered strictly a possession receiver given his inability to consistently get separation from defenders and the low average yards per catch he had in college. He has solid hands and will challenge for a spot outside although there is a chance he could also be used in the slot. With A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham expected to eat up plenty of targets, Sanu rates as little more than a late round flier in redraft leagues provided he puts together a solid preseason.
|Bengals trying to exploit Sanu's versatility -- Mon Jun 16 2:40 pm --|
OC Hue Jackson using third-year WR all over formation
|In the two years that new Bengals OC Hue Jackson spent in Oakland, he helped Marcel Reece earn the nickname the “Matchup Nightmare.” Jackson used Reece as a fullback, tailback, and even had him line up at wide receiver to take advantage of his unique skills as a runner and receiver. Could Jackson have similar things in mind for Mohamed Sanu?
Sanu was a jack-of-all-trades in three years at Rutgers, finishing his career with 12 TD catches, nine TD runs, and four TD passes. In two years with the Bengals, Sanu has 63 receptions, nine rushing attempts and has completed both of his passes - including a 73-yard touchdown to A.J. Green. (Bengals.com)|
FF Today's Take: Green called Sanu "dynamic" while Marvin Jones suggested his fellow draft classmate has "gotten a lot faster and more explosive". Jones' statement sounds classic offseason hyperbole, but there's no question Sanu is a movable chess piece that was not utilized all that much under former OC Jay Gruden. With Green and Jones now seemingly entrenched into starting spot, Sanu may have to settle for a being a "niche" player going forward.