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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 Sep 15): Sanu made a nice contested catch and then saw no one in his path for a long touchdown against Atlanta. He also made a beautiful downfield throw on a 50-yard reception for Brandon Tate that many quarterbacks would envy. He has some extra value for his novelty plays, although Sanu's value clock is ticking with Marvin Jones due back after Cincinnati's Week 4 bye.

Week 3: vs Tennessee Titans

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at BAL 1 4 0 5 4 36 0 0
2 vs ATL 0 0 0 4 3 84 1 0
3 vs TEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

Based on the 2013 offense and the preseason, Sanu was in line for lots of opportunities against Baltimore. But those rarely materialized. In fact, Sanu's usage was quite reminiscent of his usage a year ago. He was a possession guy who got a few key first downs. Sanu caught a screen pass, ran an out pattern for 13 yards and setup a field goal with another short reception. His highlight of the day was the 2-point conversion. Dalton lobbed the ball high in the air, and Sanu timed his jump perfectly and grabbed the huge 2-point conversion that made it a 7 point game. With the loss of Eifert, and the poor play of Gresham, the Bengals are going to need to gameplan more touches for Mohamed Sanu. He seems to do a good job of getting open, and he's an obvious threat in the receiving game, with his physicality. Less Tate, more Sanu.

2014 Week 2 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 84 / 1 rec)

Sanu was the only real weapon in the passing game for Dalton. But he didn't rack up a ton of targets. He has no experience being the only real passing game threat, and for much of the game that showed. Also, as we discussed, the Bengals were heavily run focused. But despite these obstacles, Sanu delivered a huge game, based on two plays. On the first, Sanu caught the end-around and fired a 50 yard pass downfield. Brandon Tate was double-covered and heading for the sideline. Yet, Sanu threw a frozen rope that landed right in his hands just before he went out of bounds. Peyton Manning and Dan Marino couldn't have placed it any better. In the 2nd half, Dalton was blitzed and threw a pass to Sanu on a slant. Sanu fought the ball out of the defender's hands, turned upfield and raced for an easy 76 yard td. It was a great play by Dalton to throw the ball, a great catch by Sanu, and then both benefited from the lack of a secondary as the entire team was around the QB. Sanu will likely be the primary target in week 3. How he adjusts to a team game-planning for him as the main WR will be interesting to watch.


Latest News

Bengals | A.J. Green has foot strain (Mon Sep 15, 10:56 AM) - Updating earlier reports, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot) has a strained ligament in his foot, as opposed to the original diagnosis of turf toe. It's unclear whether it's an aggravation of the injury that caused him to miss practice Thursday, Sept. 11, or if it's a new injury.

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Bengals | A.J. Green could miss time (Mon Sep 15, 09:57 AM) - Updating previous reports, Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) doesn't have a significant injury and would likely return for Week 5 after the bye week if he's unable to play in Week 3. The injury was related to the injury that forced him to miss practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: The Bengals need to be cautious here. Their passing game is already without Marvin Jones, so if Green misses any time then Mohammed Sanu will get a more prominent role in the offense.
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