- 152 career receptions w/Bengals
- 1,793 career receiving yards w/Bengals
- 11 career touchdown receptions w/Bengals
- Career 31.5 receiving yards per game w/Bengals
Mohamed Sanu has spent his last three professional seasons playing for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC. While he was part of the Atlanta Super Bowl team of 2016, let’s not forget about the great work he did with the team that drafted him out of Rutgers.
Sanu first came to the Bengals as a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was a dynamic player for head coach Greg Schiano in the old Big East, using his unique skill set as a great possession receiver and a former dual-threat quarterback in high school. Sanu’s ability to make plays in multiple ways on offense was definitely intriguing for a team like the Bengals come draft time.
In his first year in the league, Sanu had 16 catches for 154 yards and four receiving touchdowns. His workload increased in 2013, as he had 47 catches for 455 yards and two touchdown grabs. However, his yards per reception were below 10.0 during his first two years in the league, which wasn’t great.
Sanu’s best year with the Bengals came in 2014, as he set then-career highs in receptions (56), receiving yards (790) and touchdown catches (five). Cincinnati made the AFC playoffs for the fourth year in a row in 2014. The Bengals made the playoffs in all four of Sanu’s seasons with the club from 2012 to 2015.
However, his production would fall off in year four with the Bengals. Sanu only had 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns during his last year in Cincinnati. He would leave in 2016 NFL free agency for the Falcons, where he has become a crucial part of Atlanta’s passing game with Matt Ryan as quarterback.
Overall, Sanu finished with 152 receptions for 1,793 yards and 11 touchdown catches in four years with the Bengals. Though his 31.5 yards per game receiving isn’t anything to write home about, his prowess as a passer out of wildcat packages sure is. Sanu attempted five passes in four years with the Bengals, completing all five of them for 177 yards and two touchdowns. His career quarterback rating with the Bengals is simply outstanding at 158.3.