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Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 28-6. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Marvin Lewis Jones

Marvin Jones was actualized as the ‘next number 2’ after a high-profile preseason laced by a team-high 2 touchdowns.  With the relative disappearance of Armon Binns, Jones was highly anticipated to immerge, yet after playing in five games, only 3 receptions for 26 years have been logged.  Further, a hamstring injury in Week 7 verses Pittsburgh has kept much of Jones locked up in the realm of pure potential.  While many think that his return will provide a boost to the offensive, it’s unclear how or when that shot in the arm will taken affect.  Grade:  Incomplete

Ryan Whalen

One of the last players in when then final 53-man roster was being cut, Whalen didn’t see any action until Marvin Jones was taken out against Pittsburgh in Week 7.  Whalen was a productive understudy that day, going 4 for 31 yards and being an overall contributor to the offense.  However, after the Bye Week, Whalen was re-relegated to the back of the stack and more of a reservist role within the wide receiver corps.  A solid blocker, Whalen embodies some of what Jordan Shipley was supposed to provide in the slot.  He’s a proven and reliable commodity; the Brian Leonard of the wide outs.  Grade:  C-

Mohammed Sanu

While Sanu has played in all but three games, he really didn’t contribute to the team’s overall performance until Week 7 against Pittsburgh when Armon Binns was inactive with his ankle injury and Marvin Jones left the game early with his hamstring pulled.  Sanu only put up 17 yards that afternoon, but since the Bye Week, Sanu has become a main-stay in the offense rotation.  His powerful play complements A.J. Green’s finesse and Andrew Hawkin’s speed more than nicely.  It will be interesting to see if Sanu can replicate the big game he had against the New York Giants at some point down the stretch.  Grade:  B

 

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Topics: AJ Green, Andrew Hawkins, Armon Binns, Brandon Tate, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Quinton Patton, Ryan Whalen

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