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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.
| WR Marvin Jones sidelined with broken foot -- Mon Aug 11 6:05 pm --|
Expected to miss as much as 5-6 weeks
|The big injury has finally hit the Bengals this preseason when they revealed Monday that WR Marvin Jones had a pin put in his fifth metatarsal, indicating some kind of fracture that HC Marvin Lewis says will keep him out “a couple of weeks.”
Jones could be out at least five weeks and probably six. WR Mohamed Sanu, the man that replaces Jones in the starting lineup, had a similar injury with five weeks left in the 2012 season and was lost for the year and he didn’t play in the postseason. (Bengals.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jones' fantasy stock likely took a bit of a hit when new run-centric OC Hue Jackson took over for Jay Gruden this offseason, but this news takes a lot of luster off a player that had some low-end fantasy WR3 appeal. It is a bit ironic that Sanu suffered a similar injury last season and stands to benefit the most from his absence. Consider Jones as a late-round flyer at best now and Sanu as a late-round sleeper if Jones is eventually placed on the PUP list.
|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.