A third-year NFL player, Sanu has been a consistent contributor and stepped up his role in 2014 ... Ranked third on team in receptions (56), second in receiving yards (790), and tied for fourth in TDs (five) ... Fourth on team in scrimmage yards (841) ... Had alternated in previous seasons with Marvin Jones in team’s No. 2 WR role, behind A.J. Green, and claimed No. 2 spot for this season due to Jones being out with injuries.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft (83rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 6-11-12.
He throws it, too: Sanu does not just catch passes, he occasionally throws them, and he has displayed the ability to throw like a true quarterback. On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, his 50-yard completion to WR Brandon Tate was a beauty shot in terms of arc, spiral and accuracy, and it kept his career passer rating at the maximum possible score of 158.3. He maintained his perfect passer rating the following game Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, as he connected with QB Andy Dalton for an 18-yard TD pass, the first TD pass thrown by a Bengals WR. On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, Sanu connected with WR A.J. Green on an 11-yard pass. Sanu had a 25-yard completion to HB Giovani Bernard last season, and in 2012, he hooked up with Green for a 73-yard TD. When QB Andy Dalton was asked if he has ever advised Sanu on throwing mechanics or release point, Dalton said, “Absolutely not. He doesn’t even warm up. You just get him the ball and let him throw.” Sanu’s career NFL pass rating is the highest possible at 158.3 (five-for-five for 177-2-0). Sanu is the only player in NFL history with two or more TD passes, 150 or more passing yards and zero incompletions.
2014 general: Played in Games 1-16 (13starts) and caught 55-for-774 with five TDs ... Three-for-three passing, for 79 yards and a TD ... Rushed seven-for-51.
2014 game highlights: Caught three-for-26, plus a two-point conversion, on Sept. 7 at Baltimore ... Caught three-for-84, including a 76-yard TD on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and also completed a 50-yard pass to Brandon Tate, becoming first NFL player since New England’s David Patten in 2001 to log a reception of 75-plus yards and a completion of 50-plus in the same game ... Caught five-for-44 on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee and completed his lone pass attempt for 18 yards to Andy Dalton for a TD ... Set career high for catches (10), with then-career-high of 120 yards, on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, including a 34-yard TD, winning a contested ball from Panthers CB Melvin White, to tie the score early in fourth quarter ... Led team in scrimmage yards on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, catching three-for-54 ... Had five catches for a career-high 125 yards on Oct. 26 vs. Baltimore, with receptions of 48 yards on one TD drive and 53 yards on another ... His 53-yarder vs. Baltimore came on a third-and-10 play on game-winning fourth-quarter drive, and he also rushed two-for-27 vs. Ravens ... Caught four-for-95 with a TD on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, including a 19-yard TD ... Caught five-for-48 with a TD on Nov. 23 at Houston, his TD coming from six yards out as he caught the ball short of goal-line and powered his way into the end zone ... Contributed in multiple ways on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, catching two-for-19, with one rush for 10 yards, and completed an 11-yard pass to WR A.J. Green ... Had a 16-yard catch Dec. 22 vs. Denver, converting a first-and-15 ... Had one catch for 16 yards, converting a third down, on Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh.Previous seasons: 2012—Played Games 1, 3-5 and 7-11, before being placed Dec. 4 on Reserve/Injured list, due to foot injury suffered in practice on Nov. 29 ... Totaled 16 receptions for 154 yards and four TDs, five rushes for 15 yards, and had a 73-yard TD pass ... On Sept. 23 at Washington, started game as “Wildcat” QB, faked a handoff, and then hit WR A.J. Green in stride for 73-yard TD pass on game’s first scrimmage play, ball traveling 50 yards in the air ... Pass to Green was longest by an NFL player on first career attempt since 2003, when Pittsburgh P Josh Miller completed 81-yarder ... Four-for-47 receiving Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, with first career TD catch (10 yards), and also added a three-yard rush to convert a third down ... On Nov. 18 at Kansas City, his two-for-22 receiving included a 14-yard TD in fourth quarter that was final score of the Bengals’ 28-6 victory ... Led the team with five receptions (for 29 yards) Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, scoring on first-half throws of two and five yards that extended Bengals lead to 21-0, and his first TD came on impressive one-handed catch near end-zone sideline. 2013—Totaled 47 receptions for 455 yards and two TDs ... Also had a 25-yard pass completion and four rushes for 16 yards ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, led team with 68 receiving yards (career-high) while tying for team lead in catches (four) ... Caught three-for-19 on Sept. 29 at Cleveland, and also drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty against Browns ... Caught five-for-44 Oct. 13 at Buffalo, with four of five receptions going for first downs ... Had career-best six receptions Oct. 31 at Miami, going for 62 yards ... Caught two-for-11 Nov. 17 vs. Cleveland, including a six-yard TD, and set up another TD by taking a lateral from Andy Dalton and passing 25 yards to HB Giovani Bernard, to the Browns nine ... Caught two-for-26 on Dec. 8 vs. Indianapolis ... Caught three-for-20 on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh ... Caught four-for-35 on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota, with a seven-yard TD in third quarter ... Caught one-for-13 in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
When you pump up 429 yards on a night you don't have your Pro Bowl wide receiver, your Pro Bowl left tackle and your bell cow running back, an offensive coordinator has to have the pick of his favorite plays.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be 100 percent when he arrives next month at the Bengals offseason workouts as he comes back from the broken foot that wiped him out of the last month of his season.
James Urban, the Bengals Energizer Bunny of a wide receivers coach, loves being on the field this upcoming weekend at Indianapolis when he helps run the receiver drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who missed the last six games with a stress fracture in his left foot, says he's back running routes after being cleared in early February.