CINCINNATI - The Bengals on Monday announced the signing of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, one of the team's two third-round picks in April's draft.
Cincinnati selected the former Rutgers star with the 83rd overall pick. He unfortunately made news for the wrong reason during the draft.
When the Cincinnati Bengals were on the clock at number 27 in the first round, Sanu received a phone call. The person on the other end of the phone said they were with the Bengals and that Sanu was going to be their pick. It turned out to be a prank call. However, the next night he received an actual call from the Bengals indicating they had drafted him.
“Mo has been impressive in the work he’s been able to do with us thus far, and of course it’s great to have this step accomplished,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “He can play a big role for us this year.”
He is competing for a starting outside receiver spot across from A.J. Green.
Sanu had 115 receptions last season, beating Larry Fitzgerald's Big East record of 92 for the Pittsburgh Panthers in 2003. He is also the Big East career receptions leader with 210. The record was previously held by former Rutgers and current Bengals full back Brian Leonard (207).
Sanu is also known for his versatility. He passed for 207 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in his career with the Scarlet Knights. He also rushed for 653 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Bengals have now signed 9 of their 10 draft picks. Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (Clemson) is the lone draft pick who remains unsigned.
Cincinnati opens minicamp on Tuesday.
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