Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oakland Raiders cornerback Ron Bartell (21) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
4. Mohammed Sanu WR
Sanu took over the number 2 wide receiver job and looked to be thriving with 4 touchdowns in 3 games before his season ending foot injury. Sanu played a big part in the few games he did play becoming the red zone threat the Bengals needed. He gave the Bengals another option along with Green and just when Sanu was at his best, his season was over. I guarantee you he would be number 1 or 2 on this list if he had stayed healthy but Sanu will get his chance next year and I can’t wait to see what he’s made of.
5. Marvin Jones WR
Marvin Jones is filled with potential but has not had the chance to really show it yet. He is the starting receiver now because of the Sanu injury and is showing signs of improvement. He had his first big game against the Steelers last week with 5 receptions for 65 yards. He has yet to record a touchdown and has only 156 yards on the season which is why he is so low. He is improving this week and I expect him to make a huge impact in the playoffs. Marvin Jones has a bright future and so does the Bengals receiving core thanks to Sanu and Jones.
6. Orson Charles TE
Charles has played a key part in the Bengals offense this season. With the Sanu injury, the Bengals don’t have many quality wide receivers which leads to many more two tight end packages. Charles hasn’t been called upon much as a receiver but when his number is called, he has come through. He has caught 8 out of the 9 passes targeted for him and has excelled as a blocker. He showed his versatility when Pressley went down and Charles was forced to play full back. Charles has shown that he is worth a 4th round pick and seems to be a very important part of the Bengals future.
7. Devon Still DT
Devon Still has had very little playing time this season but played relatively well in his limited time. He had a sack and a forced fumble against the Steelers earlier in the season and had 5 tackles against the Broncos but since then, he has been inactive every game. The reason for that being is the return of Pat Sims from injury. Still hasn’t made too big of an impact this season because the Bengals are in a win-now mode but it looks like Still is a big part of their future plans. Expect to see much more of him next season.