Mohamed Sanu has had an underwhelming season thus far. Many fans thought he would continue to be a touchdown machine and emerge as the Bengals #2 wide receiver. While he has been getting snaps, he has had some drops and has also fumbled. This game, however, he definitely made a statement. On a trickery play, Sanu caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and threw a deep pass to Giovani Bernad. On the same drive, Sanu caught his first touchdown pass of year, and hopefully it is not the last.
Quite possibly the biggest play that helped shift momentum was the blocked kick by Jayson DiManche and return touchdown by Tony Dye. DiManche was an undrafted free agent and was able to make a statement in preseason and stay on the roster. He has started to see more and more snaps on special teams. In fact, DiManche wrote a goal on a note in a special teams player meeting, as all the youngest players do on the squad.
Darrin Simmons reads them all and his read “Block a punt to help win the game.”
Tony Dye was just activated from the practice squad and this was his first start. Dye ended up scooping the ball after the block and then ran it back for a touchdown.