After a slow start to his NFL career, Cincinnati Bengals‘ wide receiver Mohamed Sanu began to take off but unfortunately finished his season early requiring surgery to repair a stress fracture. In the five games that he saw any receptions, Sanu had only caught passes for 154 yards, although he had four touchdowns which made him quarterback Andy Dalton‘s top target in the end zone during those games.
Sanu’s career began in the NFL in the Wildcat formation in the first offensive play against the Redskins during week three that resulted in him passing for a 73-yard touchdown to AJ Green. This play made him the first ever Bengal receiver to throw for a touchdown, and it was before he even caught his first NFL pass.
Unfortunately for Sanu, last season was plagued with injury and an offensive coordinator who didn’t seem to know what the man was capable of doing, putting him right down the depth chart, only receiving 25 targets in his nine games. From the Bengals’ ninth game of the season, until he became injured three weeks later, Sanu began to prove his mettle, scoring four touchdowns and catching passes for 98 yards in three games. This proved to the team, the coaches and all of the Bengals’ opponents that he’s a serious threat in the red zone.
Unfortunately, Sanu was unable to finish out the season, solidifying a number two receiver spot for himself, but the flashes of brilliance after he was given his chance give hope for his season next year and the possibility of taking that number two receiver spot once and for all. A lot can be said for him being the Bengals’ slot receiver next season, but slotting receiver Andrew Hawkins into that spot and allowing Sanu to make big plays from just about any spot on the line is a much better decision that could wind up paying dividends in the short term if the end of his 2012 is anything to go by.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88