Our first look at Mohamed Sanu, besides preseason, came in week 3 against the Redskins when, on the first play from scrimmage, Sanu lined up in the Wildcat formation and threw a play action bomb to a streaking A.J. Green for a 73 yard touchdown. With that throw, Sanu became the first Bengals receiver to throw a touchdown pass. Fans and media began to really pay attention to Mohamed Sanu when he caught his first touchdown pass against the reigning super bowl champion New York Giants. Over the next two weeks Sanu became a favorite red zone target for QB Andy Dalton, where Sanu had 7 catches, 3 of which were touchdowns. On November 30, 2012, Mohamed Sanu’s season was cut short to have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.
Moving forward to 2013, and there is no reason to think that Sanu can’t slide into the #2 receiver role. The guy has a reputation for having great hands, being a versatile player, and an obvious red zone threat. Sanu came into the league at 6 foot 2, and 210lbs, which is the right size and pedigree of that #2 receiver position. With Andy Dalton targeting A.J. Green 38% of the time last season, there is no doubt someone needs to line up opposite him to take that pressure away, and a healthy Mohamed Sanu is that guy. I just don’t think he will be playing free safety anytime soon, but, you never know.