Like most rookie wide receivers in the NFL, South Brunswick's Mohamed Sanu took some time to adjust to the pro game.
But in week 11 of the NFL season on Sunday, South Brunswick's favorite son found himself in the starting lineup of the Cincinnati Bengals and soon found the end zone for the second straight week.
After an injury kept starting receiver Andrew Hawkins out of the lineup, Sanu started the first game of his pro career and made the most of it. Late in the fourth quarter with the Bengals ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs 21-6, Sanu beat star Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
"If life were represented with arrows on God's spreadsheet, Bengals rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu would have several green-colored arrows pointing northward," said Josh Kirkendall on CincyJungle.com "Whether it's an injury to Armon Binns or Andrew Hawkins, Sanu has enjoyed an exponential increase of playing time lately in Cincinnati's offense."
Sanu finished with 2 catches for 22 yards after having a breakout game last week against the New York Giants, where he recorded 4 catches for 47 yards and his first NFL touchdown catch. Earlier this season Sanu tossed a 73-yard touchdown pass out of the Wildcat formation showing off his versatility.
“You’ve got to do everything you can to make positive plays, and whenever your number is called make that play,” Sanu told Cincinnati.com. “So I feel like it’s a perfect time to do whatever I can to get that first down or make that catch in a critical situation and help this team move forward.”
Sanu is even starting to get some attention in fantasy football, where his nose for the end zone the last two weeks has analysts taking notice.
CBS.com wrote,"If you didn't put Sanu on your radar after his touchdown against the Giants in Week 10, it's time to notice his production after the past two weeks."
The Bengals will be back in action on Nov. 25 at home against the Oakland Raiders.