Unlike the last few years, Cincinnati has a major hole to fill for the upcoming season. This major hole as we all know, is at the wide receiver position. Last season, Cincinnati had Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to pair with A.J. Green. While Green put up great numbers as usual, Jones and Sanu were not that far behind. As the third and forth options in the passing offense, Jones, put up 816 yards and 4 touchdowns on 65 receptions. Sanu on the other hand, put up 394 yards on 33 receptions.
After solid seasons from both of them, Marvin Jones took a five year $40 million deal from the Detroit Lions and Sanu took a five year deal from the Atlanta Falcons as well. The Detroit Lions needed a wide receiver after the retirement on Calvin Johnson and filled it with Jones. As for the Falcons, Atlanta needed a wide receiver after they released Roddy White.
“We had a really good receiving corps this past year with A.J. and Marvin and Mo (Sanu),” Dennard said at Michigan State pro day today. “All three of those guys was magnificent this year, and seeing Marv get a deal, I’m very happy for him. Great player, great person. And I like him. I like him a lot. Obviously, he can blow the top off the defense, you seen that this past year with us. He had a lot of big plays for us and good runs after catches, big plays every game. Either he’d come up with a big long touchdown or a critical fourth-down catch. He’s a great player. We lose two good football players, but those guys went their ways and did what they had to do for their families and their best interests for them,” Dennard said
Former teammates like Dennard, clearly believe we lost some quality players so the question now is, how do we replace these players?
Cincinnati could look to bring in a couple veteran wide receivers in free agency. However, Cincinnati will most likely look to solve their problem through the draft. The 2016 NFL Draft is mostly a defensive draft class, but one strong group on the offensive side are the wide receivers. Solid wide receivers can be found all throughout this years draft. Let’s not forget, Sanu was a third round pick and Jones was a fifth round pick and they clearly worked out pretty well. So here’s a look at five wide receivers Cincinnati should be eyeing the draft.
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