Like Jones, Sanu emerged from the 2012 NFL draft. The 6’ 2” 210 lbs 26 year old Sanu was actually drafted two rounds ahead of Jones. Coming out of college, his numbers weren’t too shabby as he posted a 4.67 40 yard dash and a 36 inch vertical leap. In contrast to Jones, Sanu is not explosive off the line, nor is he much of a deep threat. What he does bring is an ability to find holes in a defense and a superb ability to possess the ball.
One area where Sanu bests Jones is in overall versatility and athleticism. As a rusher, Sanu has 153 yards on 25 attempts and two touchdowns. That’s not all however, Sanu also has two touchdown passes and perfect passer rating completing all five of his pass attempts.
Aside from his receiving, rushing, and passing ability; he is also the Bengals emergency punter and place kicker. His best receiving performance in 2015 came against Kansas City when he accumulated 84 yards on four catches. Though Sanu did have any receiving this past season, he did rush for two touchdowns.
The biggest concern with Sanu has to do with his short comings in 2014 when he was the featured receiver, due to Jones being injured. Though he posted his best numbers to date, he fell well short of being able to fill in as the teams number one receiver.
Sanu is an active member of community and takes time to assist worthy causes. He has supported the American Heart Association, Marvin Lewis Community fund, and several other foundations. He also takes time to help fans directly. Sanu went shopping with a fan during the Christmas season and he also takes time to repost and support fans requests (cancer fundraisers, autograph signings,…). Sanu is humble player who has embraced his time in Cincinnati and connected with the fan base.
With Sanu’s value and demands it will be much easier for the Bengals to resign their former third round pick. His numbers have not been conducive to that of Jones, which means he will not be able to pursue a $7 million contract. There is a lot of upside to Sanu when you consider all the decisions he brings to the team. That combined with his lower price tag keep him neck with Marvin Jones.
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