This coming season, the Bengals are faced with the challenge of repeating the great success they have had on offense over the past two seasons. With the addition of Hue Jackson to the offensive staff, and another year of Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, Andy Dalton has the chance to improve even more this year.
With a young group of receivers, guys like AJ Green, Mohamed Sanu, Andrew Hawkins, and Marvin Jones, the Bengals have arguably their best group of receivers since the 2005 and 2006 seasons, when Chad, TJ, and Chris were part of the Bengals high flying offense. So why, then, are people suggesting the Bengals make a move on a big name free agent like Mike Wallace, or drafting a receiver like DeAndre Hopkins early in the draft?
Because they are fools.
Let’s face it, right now, the Bengals are in a fantastic position to evolve as an offense with the talent they have at wide receiver. After two stellar seasons and a phenomenal Pro Bowl in which he caught three touchdowns, everyone is aware of the ability that AJ Green possesses. There has not been a receiver more dominant in his first two seasons as AJ Green has been since Randy Moss burst onto the scene back in 1998, when Moss tallied 149 catches for 2726 yards and 28 touchdowns. During his first two seasons, Green totaled an impressive 162 catches for 2407 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Perhaps the biggest reason people believe the Bengals need a new receiver on the outside to take pressure of of Green is because that presence was much needed last year. Those people are correct, but it should be noted that the man chosen to do the job, third round pick Mohamed Sanu, did not get much playing time at wide receiver until Week 7 against Pittsburgh. During the next five weeks, Sanu accumulated 16 catches for 154 yards and four touchdowns. After a foot injury, Sanu was shut down for the remainder of the season. If Sanu is able to stay healthy for an entire season, it is easy to believe that Sanu could be a breakout player in 2013 and allow for the Bengals offense to shine next year.