View Full Version : Bigger role in '14: Sanu or Jones?

07-14-2014, 02:54 PM
Bigger role in '14: Sanu or Jones?July, 12, 2014 By Tom Carpenter (http://search.espn.go.com/tom-carpenter/) | ESPN.com

In 2012, the Cincinnati Bengals (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/cin/cincinnati-bengals) drafted Mohamed Sanu (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14922/mohamed-sanu) in the third round and Marvin Jones (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/15072/marvin-jones) in the fifth. In 2013, both caught about the same number of passes (Jones had 51, Sanu had 47), but Jones outpaced Sanu in yards per catch (14.0 vs 9.7) and touchdowns (10 vs 2).

Heading into the '14 campaign, Jones thinks he can continue to grow as an NFL receiver.

“I’m not going to go out and just say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m definitely going to the Pro Bowl. I’m going to be an elite receiver," Jones said (http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Bonding-with-a-ball/9b4c0047-ab1a-4f7c-8a7f-40918918dc59).

“I do believe that in my heart. But I’m not going to go out there and say it. I’m going to say it by what I do on the field. What I do on the field, it can’t be denied if I just take care of my opportunities."

How many opportunities Jones and Sanu will get this season is unclear. Both figure to remain active parts of the offense, though Sanu's role could grow:

http://a.espncdn.com/i/columnists/harvey_coley_30.jpgColey HarveyBengals focus on expanding Sanu's role (http://espn.go.com/blog/cincinnati-bengals/post/_/id/8765/bengals-mohamed-sanu-james-urban-role-receiver)
"On the final day of the Bengals' organized team activities ... receivers coach [James Urban] was all business. He admitted he messed up. He didn't handle one of his best playmakers properly last season and felt bad about it. 'Mo's a good football player,' Urban said, referring to wideout Mohamed Sanu. 'I asked too much of him last year. I spread him thin. It's sort of the old thing where too much of a good thing is just as good as not enough. That's a shame on me.' Urban has vowed to make up for it by re-expanding Sanu's role."
http://a.espncdn.com/i/columnists/karabell_eric_30.jpgEric KarabellSummer Snapshot: Cincinnati Bengals (http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/eric-karabell-football/post/_/id/2170/summer-snapshot-cincinnati-bengals)
"Marvin Jones caught four touchdown passes on one memorable Thursday night game, but the rest of his season was ordinary. Mohamed Sanu figures to raise his profile out of the slot. Neither is a must-draft for standard formats, but both of them are intriguing if this offense really clicks consistently."

07-14-2014, 02:58 PM
"Marvin Jones caught four touchdown passes on one memorable Thursday night game, but the rest of his season was ordinary.

he still had touchdowns in 6 other games. That's not exactly ordinary. Only 29 WR's total had more than 6 TD's on the season. So take out Marvin Jones' game against the Jets and he still lands 30th among WR's in TD's, despite only playing 49% of the Bengals offensive snaps.

As for the question, it has to be Jones doesn't it? He's the clear cut #2 at this point. I do think Sanu will thrive in the slot (where he belongs) though.

07-14-2014, 04:12 PM
It also wasn't a Thursday night game...but who's counting?

07-14-2014, 07:22 PM
Yeah I agree- although they've vowed to use Sanu all over the place he's still earmarked for the slot primarily. Jones is the clear #2 until Sanu or someone else dethrones him, which I don't see happening.

I thought the same thing (6 TDs ain't bad) after factoring out the NYJ game for Jones. I bet if you factored each receiver's best game as well he'd look even better in comparison.

I loved the Sanu pick and he's been deceptively effective, but Sanu gives us more "chunk" plays and has more speed. My hope is that they both have 6+ TDs and 600+ yards this season but there's only so many balls to spread around.

07-14-2014, 07:47 PM
Jones, but I think Sanu will have a solid year as the number 3 wr.

07-16-2014, 10:25 AM
Jones, but I think Sanu will have a solid year as the number 3 wr.

My thoughts as well. I think Sanu can be more of a red zone and short yardage threat, like we saw when he started to explode as a rookie (before his injury). And like we didn't see much of in his second season.