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Week in Review: WR Battle Good News for Bengals, Bad News for Opposing Defenses

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May 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) catches a pass during mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones are two new additions to this Bengals team. In college, Sanu put up some pretty good numbers, but almost every year he had to play witha new QB, so obviously that hurt some of his numbers. Once you watch this man’s game tape, you can see just how talented he is. He made quite a few one handed catches, displayed sure hands, and great route running. Marvin Jones wasn’t his team’s top receiver statistically, but he put up some pretty good numbers throughout his career and showed that he is a very explosive threat. In training camp, both of these players were making a good push to become the #2 WR, they even saw some playing time with the first offense.

The first preseason game, Sanu didn’t get many looks, but Jones showed off his explosiveness with a nice down the field play. The second preseason game, Sanu showed great route running and made a nice acrobatic catch. Jones, again, made a great catch down the field, and seems to be getting better with time. It is believed that Marvin Jones is a lock at the #4 WR. Sanu, on the other hand, has been viewed as a player who will help compliment Hawkins with the slot position, basically making him the backup slot receiver at this point. With that said, don’t be too surprised if either of these two rookies end up starting midway through the season, and even possibly be starting next season.

Ryan Whalen has just recently returned to practice, although it is highly unlikely that he will make the 53 roster. The coaches have talked about how they liked his sure hands, but his speed allows defenders to clamp down on him in man coverage, but he excels in zone coverage. The question for Whalen is will he show up in these next preseason games?

The Bengals WR corp is definitely deep and seems to be improving with time. It’s one of the Bengals positions that seems to be floating under the radar, which is good news for the Bengals but bad news for opposing defenses.


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