The Bengals are in search of a No. 2 receiver to replace Jerome Simpson, whom they elected not to bring back, and Mohamed Sanu is a candidate to fill that role. He’s versatile and has played various positions. In Cincinnati, he could be a great fit as an underneath receiver.
Sanu is athletic, can contribute in the return game and can play the "Wildcat" role. At 6-1½ and 211 pounds, he needs to bulk up to avoid injury. You don’t specialize working the middle in the NFL without taking shots week in and week out.
Sanu has great hand-to-eye coordination and the body control to follow the ball, adjust to it and catch it in stride. Combine that with field awareness to find the soft spots, and you see why he’s best-suited to work the middle.
However, he struggles to separate vertically and lacks the speed to be a downfield threat. He will take pressure off A.J. Green and has value in Jay Gruden’s West Coast offense — specifically for PPR leagues. He projects as an early mid-round pick right now, but camp and the preseason will tell us more.
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