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Cincinnati Bengals: The Tale of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) walks with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver James Wright (86) during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) walks with wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver James Wright (86) during OTAs at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Head to Head Comparison

Looking at Jones’ and Sanu’s career numbers, and on the surface, they are a near mirror image of one another. Now, when we dig a little deeper, we must remember that Jones missed all of last season and five games in 2012 and that compares to Sanu only missing seven games in his rookie year.

Sanu has compiled 152 receptions, 1793 yards, and 11 touchdowns over his 57 games. Marvin Jones on the other hand has 134 receptions, 1729 yards, and 15 touchdowns in 43 games. Jones has put up better receiving number per games played averaging 3.1 receptions, 40.2 yards, and .0.34 touchdowns per game. This eclipses Sanu who was only able to amass 2.6 receptions, 31.4 yards, and 0.19 touchdowns per game.

In today’s NFL, being exceptional at your position isn’t always good enough. Versatility is a critical means for measuring a players value. With this in mind, the debate of Jones and Sanu is reignited. In order to complete the picture of this situation, each player must be looked at closely to determine their overall athleticism, football sense, and intangibles.

So is Jones really the better option? Or is Sanu better than the NFL gives him credit for? We must break them down to better understand their impact.

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