Last night’s Bengals game was the most meaningless out of a slate of meaningless games. At the same time, the bottom half of the roster was on display. Many made a case for inclusion on the 53-man roster, an increased role on the team, or, if nothing else, a spot on the practice squad based on their play. Others, however, all but invited a visit from the turk.
Here are six players who made a case for themselves one way or another for today’s roster trimming.
1. Mohammed Sanu
Sanu had a relatively quiet preseason, compared to the immediate impact that many expected the third-round selection to produce. Last night he pleaded his case with 8 catches for 80 yards. Sanu was going to undoubtedly make the 53 man roster, but one receiver is inevitably inactive on gameday, and Sanu looked to be that receiver until his performance.
Sanu is not going to be a downfield threat. In fact, he does not have the speed to create separation from many defensive backs. He does have a similar skill set to Armon Binns in that he is tall and sure handed, and runs reliable and precise routes. He did show that on designed space-creating plays like bubble screens and some underneath routes he can produce yards after the catch.
As a player who could develop into the next T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Sanu made the argument that he would be ready to produce at a high level much earlier in his career.