This week at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, AZ, Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis was asked about Mohammed Sanu and his progress of becoming cemented as the Bengals number 2 wide receiver opposite A.J. Green. Lewis commented on how versatile and mature Sanu has become and even went as far to say, “Hell, he could start for us at free safety if he wanted to.” I know Marvin is really making a compliment toward how much Mohamed Sanu has progressed as a 2nd year player, but it begs me to ask, how good is this guy? Can he be the answer to the ever important number 2 wide receiver question?
Here is a quick history on Sanu since it has been nearly a year since he was drafted by the Bengals. Sanu was talented enough at Rutgers University to play wide receiver and when needed, quarterback. Sanu set a Big East record in 2011, catching 115 passes for 1,206 yards, a record previously held by Larry Fitzgerald. Sanu was also the victim of a cruel hoax when someone pretending to be Mike Brown called him and said the Bengals were selecting him 27th overall. Everything did turn out okay though when Sanu’s phone rang two days later and the real Mike Brown said the Bengals were drafting him 83rd overall.