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WR Mohamed Sanu - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 211Born: 8-22-1989College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Just when it looks like the Bengals offense can't get out of their own way without AJ Green, Sanu comes through with two big deep catches and shows that he can have value with or without Green in the lineup. He could actually be more efficient on few targets and keep WR3/Flex value with WR1/WR2 upside after Green returns.

Week 9: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton found a way to score against the Ravens, with 6/14/2 rushing to help out his fantasy owners (21/28 for 266 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown). Mohamed Sanu continued to do the heavy lifting for the injury-decimated receiving corps, with nine targets for 5/125/0 receiving to his credit. Greg Little was a temporary lift (five targets for 3/42/0 receiving) while Cincinnati waits for A.J. Green to get back in the action. Green said after the game last week that his sore toe is back to 80% healthy, and IF he doesn't suffer another practice-session setback it is looking good for Green to play in Week 9. Stay tuned to's Players in the News later this week for the latest on Green's practice participation. If he can go, it should provide a lift for Dalton's performance as a passer. The Jaguars started the year being pathetic at pass defense, and currently rank 27th in the NFL averaging 267.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 pass TDs allowed vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 26th in the NFL). They do have 25 sacks this season (tied for second in the NFL), which has become a building block for the pass D. Ryan Tannehill was held to 16/29 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception thrown last week (three sacks taken for -18 yards), while Brian Hoyer threw 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception two games ago (also three sacks taken for -18 yards). During October, the Jaguars' pass D has taken several steps forward - they aren't getting totally dominated in this phase of the game anymore. Dalton has faltered without Green, but against the so-so Jaguars pass D he should be able to get on track in the passing phase of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at NE 0 0 0 9 5 70 1 0
6 vs CAR 0 0 0 15 11 120 1 0
7 at IND 0 0 0 9 3 54 0 0
8 vs BAL 2 27 0 9 5 125 0 0
9 vs JAX PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 4 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (15 / 11 / 120 / 1 rec)

Mohamed Sanu has spent most of the year as the number 2 WR, and has done a great job of being a reliable option for Andy Dalton. In this game, Sanu took over the number 1 role, with AJ Green on the bench. As the game progressed, Sanu became more and more of a dominant force. His bread and butter has always been the short slant, the quick out and the screen pass. He's virtually unstoppable on these possession routes, as he moves in and out of his breaks quickly, and is a physical force. In the first half, Sanu had a 34 yard deep slant called back due to illegal motion. Dalton threw it perfectly and Sanu broke down the center of the field. Sanu also dropped a bullet on the sideline that would have been another first down. In the second half, Sanu began to make plays. First, he drew a pass interference penalty. ON the next possession, he caught a short pass, made a defender miss, and got a big first down. Later in the half, Dalton hit Sanu running over the middle on playaction for a 22 yard first down, then followed it by launching ball down the sideline on a deep route. Dalton put the ball just over the defender and Sanu made a great play on the ball in the air at around the 5 yard line. What was even more impressive was that he was then able to shake off the defender and get the extra yards to get into the endzone. Sanu is just too physical for most cornerbacks to handle, and with Marvin Jones and AJ Green's injuries, has really developed his rapport with Dalton on the deep ball. In overtime, Sanu was a force, getting 3 catches and 2 first downs. On one catch, he faked inside, froze the defender, broke towards the outside and picked up 15 yards. The injury to the other playmakers has not been good for Cincinnati in the short term. But the development has been great for Sanu. Sanu was the only real threat in the passing game, and Carolina still had no answers for him. He physically has the Julio Jones feel to him, as cornerbacks just can't seem to handle him. Sanu has always been solid when he got the opportunity. He's now earning more and more playing time. When Green and Marvin Jones return, Andy Dalton is going to have the best set of receivers in the league, and the Bengals are going to find it impossible to bring Sanu off the field.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (9 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Sanu's 2nd week as the primary receiver did not go well. Sanu was blanketed by Indy, as the other receivers posed zero threat to the Colts. Early in the game, Sanu broke across the middle, and dropped a pass from Dalton that would have been a first. He then caught a short pass for 8 yards, which ended his first half production. In the 2nd half, Dalton hit Sanu across the middle for 14 on the slant. On the next possession, he threw a deep ball to Sanu in double coverage, but Sanu couldn't make the catch. Though the play wasn't close, it was nice to see them trying to do something downfield. Sanu finally made a nice play later in the second half when Dalton threw a jump ball down the right sideline. Sanu leaped between two defenders, snagged the ball out of the air with an impressive grab, and picked up a 32 yard gain. Sanu later got open on a fade route, but Dalton missed him. Overall, a poor game from Sanu and the entire offense, but in the second half, he did start getting comfortable and settling down. Sanu is going to make a great number 2 receiver the rest of the year, when AJ returns.

2014 Week 8 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 125 / 0 rec, 2 / 27 / 0 rush)

Sanu has developed into a legit NFL receiver with few weaknesses. The playing time he has gotten this season has done him wonders. A season ago, he was catching slant passes, and running trick plays. Now he's running all the routes on the tree, and making big play after big play. Sanu gets all the attention from opposing defenses, but he's still making them pay. Sanu had a one-handed catch on a poorly thrown ball that was over his head and behind him. He somehow gathered the pass, broke a tackle, and ran for a long gain on the first drive. Sanu then had a 26 yard reverse early in the 2nd half that led to a Bengals TD. Dalton began to rely on Sanu a bit too much, as he threw toward Sanu and almost threw a pick 6. Then Sanu got a slant pass across the middle in double coverage, and Sanu allowed the Ravens defenders to strip the ball as soon as he caught it. The play was ruled an INT, but the fault was Sanu's. He made up for it with a huge play on 3rd down on the Bengals final drive. Dalton was facing pressure, stepped up and threw it deep. Sanu was double covered, but was the only one of the three who saw Dalton throw the ball. He made an adjustment and caught the bomb for 53 yards, saving the game. The return of AJ Green, if healthy, will be very interesting. Sanu has developed into a legit number 1 WR. Having Green on the other side of him should be a nightmare for defenses, as Sanu really has no weaknesses in his game right now. He's fast, can run all the routes, and is a physical nightmare for cornerbacks.


Latest News

Bengals | Mohamed Sanu makes big catch (Sun Oct 26, 01:10 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu caught a 48-yard pass in the first quarter of the team's Week 8 game.

Our View: Sanu had a nice long catch and run as the Bengals offense showed more signs of life in this drive (including a Greg Little sighting) than they did at any point against the Colts last week.
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