Mohamed Sanu Fantasy News

Bengals WR Marvin Jones suffers minor ankle injury
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bengals’ list of players on the non-football injury list surprisingly included receiver Marvin Jones, with an ankle injury.

Per a league source, Jones is day-to-day due to a tweaking of the ankle that happened at the post-OTA passing camp arranged by quarterback Andy Dalton. Jones had an issue with the ankle in 2013.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

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Bengals WR Marvin Jones headed for 'massive spike in production'
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:34am

Cincinnati Enquirer - [Full Article]

Bengals Marvin Jones may have been the most efficient receiver in football last year. Of the 22 receivers with at least six touchdowns, Jones (10 TDs) did it in the fewest snaps (555). In fact, only two others on the list accumulated less than 725 total snaps. A full year of Jones on the field most plays and a burgeoning relationship with Andy Dalton could mean a massive spike in production from his 51 receptions for 712 yards.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year. He is shaping up to be a terrific value in the 9th-11th rounds.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:12pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Mark Bullock of The Washington Post believes Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play the "Z" position in Jay Gruden's offense, which was A.J. Green's spot under Gruden in Cincinnati. Pierre Garcon will play the "X" receiver (Marvin Jones's position), while Andre Roberts will play "Zebra" (Mohamed Sanu's position in the slot).

Fantasy Impact:

The article does a nice job of using snapshots to illustrate how each receiver might be used.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has sights set on Pro Bowl
Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:51am

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has high aspirations for himself:

“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. “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. Whether it’s 15 targets, six targets or three targets. I want to make sure they’re all 100 percent when I go out there on the field.”

Elite may be just a few fingertips away.

Jones had 77 of those opportunities in his second season and caught 51 of them, making him 29th in the league in converting targets into catches, best on the Bengals, according to profotballfocus.com. That allowed Jones to join Green, Isaac Curtis, Cris Collinsworth, and Chad Johnson as the only Bengals to average at least 14 yards per catch while scoring at least 10 touchdowns.

Those guys have been to a total of 15 Pro Bowls.

Fantasy Impact:

He finished as the #21 WR in 2013, racking up 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 80 targets. What gives Jones upside is the fact that he played just 48% of the snaps, sharing time with the far-less-effective Mohamed Sanu. In that limited playing time, he posted the #4 FP/snap (.25) of all wideouts who played at least 20% of their team’s snaps. All indications are that Jones is going to start opposite A.J. Green, and even though new OC Hue Jackson likes to run it more than Jay Gruden did, Jones’ new role should ensure that he has plenty of opportunity to make plays in his third year.

Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11:22am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When asked about the possibility of Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu playing in the slot, beat writer Coley Harvey responded: Yes, I'd say that Sanu is in line to receive the bulk of the Bengals' catches in the slot. I actually hinted I felt that way in this Bengals factoid about Sanu's slot production. Of his 47 receptions last season, 48.9 percent came while he was lined up in the slot. That was a higher percentage than any other Bengals receiver had last year. Add that to Sanu's possible increase in speed -- receivers coach James Urban told me earlier this week he thought Sanu was faster -- and it makes sense he gets the bulk of the Bengals' passes in the slot. That said, though, Dane Sanzenbacher seems to better fit the mold of the stereotypical shifty, speedy and smaller "slot" receiver.

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 2:32pm

Bengals - [Full Article]

In the two years that Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spent in Oakland, he helped 255-lb Marcel Reece earn the nickname the “Matchup Nightmare.” Jackson used Reece as a fullback, tailback, and even had him line up at wide receiver to take advantage of his unique skills as a runner and receiver.

Could Jackson have similar things in mind for Mohamed Sanu?

“He’s got me doing some stuff,” said Sanu with a grin. “I love it. I’m embracing it and I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that I’m the best at it.”

“He’s rolling,” said Marvin Jones. “He’s gotten a lot faster and more explosive and it’s good to see out there.”

“He’s running a lot better I think than he has the last two years,” said Andy Dalton. “He looks smooth and I think his speed has increased. It’s been fun to see all of the things that he does. He’s a guy that’s outside, inside, and can play all of the positions. You need a guy on the team like that that can do it all.”

Monday, May 26, 2014, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bengals beat writer Coley Harvey on WR Mohamed Sanu:

As for what's expected of him, it's this: catch the ball (and maybe throw it a little). Just like the rest of the receivers, the Bengals' focus this season will be on getting the football in as many of their playmakers' hands as possible.

After Sanu had such a promising 2012 season, he ran into a bit of a wall last year. Receivers coach James Urban has said he didn't feel like he used Sanu quite as much or as effectively as he had hoped. That should change this season. It's possible to see Sanu in the slot receiver role if indeed Marvin Jones has leapfrogged him and slipped into the No. 2 receiver's spot. That's something we won't really know until deep into training camp. It could be that coaches decide to keep Jones as the third receiver and to use him more often in the slot than Sanu.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Jones to be the team's WR2 in 2014 after OC Hue Jackson mentioned Jones in the same breath as A.J. Green when discussing the team's receiving corps.

Hue Jackson sees Marvin Jones as clear WR2
Friday, May 23, 2014, 4:19pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals OC Hue Jackson discussed the team's receiving corps...

"I want (A.J. Green) to take it to a whole different level. I want A.J. and (Marvin Jones) and that receiver group to play uncommon football like you’ve never seem. That’s just my vision after coaching the position. Coach (James) Urban does a great job. A.J.’s has had one of the most historic first three years this league has ever seen. And he is that player. He is everything I thought he was and more. But I think there’s more in there. I think there’s a lot more in there. My challenge to him is, why not be the best? Why not be the best this league has ever seen? Because he has the ability to be that. And when they talk about A.J. Green, I want people to be talking about one of the greatest ever. Because he is and he has that. He’s got to set out every day to prove that because I think he’s that kind of player.

"Marvin Jones came on like gangbusters and he’s got to go chase A.J. Why not knock A.J. off the pedestal? When you have the friendly competition among your teammates, that’s when things get really, really good, in my opinion. (Mohamed Sanu) and (Brandon Tate) and (Dane Sanzenbacher), those guys at receiver, everybody has to raise their level of play. I think when that happens and we get five percent better, three percent better, whatever that is, I think the whole offensive unit gets better."

Fantasy Impact:

The key takeaway here is that Jackson mentioned Marvin Jones in the same breath as Green, so while the team is expected to make a concerted effort to run the ball more, Jones should see more snaps as the clear starter opposite Green. Jones played on an average of 43 percent of his teams snaps in his first 13 games of the season. Over his final four games, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Chargers, he played on an average of 68 percent of snaps. As his snaps increased, so did his targets. He averaged 4.4 targets through 13 games compared to 8.8 targets in the final four games of the season, including 12 targets against the Chargers in the playoffs. After a season of frustrating usage, it appears that the Cincinnati coaching staff has finally recognized that Jones deserves to play more. He finished as the #21 WR in 2013 despite the limited snaps.

Andy Dalton has improved throwing velocity
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:22pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Andy Dalton has been getting second looks from his wide receivers during their throwing sessions in Phase II of the voluntary sessions. His trip to Los Angeles back in March to work with throwing guru Dr. Tom House seems to have helped.

“Best I’ve seen him,” said Mohamed Sanu Wednesday. “I think it’s everything. That guy helped. He’s put a lot of work in the offseason, just seeing how he approaches it….it’s on you fast. You turn around and you’re like, ‘whoa.’”

“He’s got a lot of zing, a lot of velocity to him,’ said wide receiver Marvin Jones. “Especially when it matches the intensity with the way we run our routes. We run our plays in different periods and it just bring s everybody up, him included. He’s spinning the ball real nice.

Fantasy Impact:

Dalton was the #4 QB in 2013, but is unlikely to have a repeat finish in the top 5 now that Hue Jackson is calling the plays. Expect the Bengals to call more runs, especially when leading in the second half. Jackson had a 52.9% pass/run percentage in 2011 with Carson Palmer under center. The Bengals threw it 55.0% of the time in 2013.

WRs Mohamed Sanu, Andrew Hawkins active for Bengals
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 7:15pm

Bengals inactives
RB Rex Burkhead,
CB Chris Lewis-Harris
LB Michael Boley
LB Rey Maualuga
DT Devon Still
OL Trevor Robinson
OT Andrew Whitworth

Fantasy Impact:

Mohamed Sanu was very iffy all week, so he may not play a full complement of snaps. Marvin Jones would see extra playing time if Sanu is limited, and is a WR2/WR3 type after finding the endzone for three straight weeks. Andrew Hawkins is also active. He's mainly a slot receiver, so he may take the Bengals out of two-TE sets, limiting the upside of Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert.

Bengals activate Andrew Hawkins
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 10:58am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bengals announce that they’ve activated WR Andrew Hawkins to the roster from the Reserve/Injured list.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Hawkins may make his debut tonight. He caught 51 passes for 533 yards and four TDs in 14 games last year. Mohamed Sanu is questionable with a shoulder injury and 4-TD Marvin Jones is pushing for more playing time.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 11:34am

Geoff Hobson on Twitter - [Full Article]

No practice Tuesday for Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals plays Thursday night against the Dolphins and if Sanu can't play it means Marvin Jones, fresh off a four-TD performance last week, could get more snaps and targets.

Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:11pm

Joe Reedy on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bangals Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) did not participate in practice on Monday.

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