Bengals Wide Receiver Mohamed Sanu: I have To Earn My Stripes

NEW BRUNSWICK NJ - SEPTEMBER 02: Mohamed Sanu #6 (L) of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs the ball against the Norfolk State Spartans at Rutgers Stadium on September 2 2010 in New Brunswick New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights beat the Spartans 31 - 0. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, isn't about to thank anyone for the vacant No. 2 wide receiver position. No. Sanu wants to prove that he belongs, that he's earned his way into the starting lineup as the wide receiver opposite of A.J. Green.

"I'm going to have to learn from (the veterans) and earn my way up," Sanu said. "I'm not going to be like, 'hey, that's my spot.' You've just got to earn it. There's a lot of veterans on this team that already have their stripes, so I have to earn mine."

Sanu is within a handful of receivers vying for the No. 2 spot, including fellow rookie Marvin Lewis Jones, first-year players Armon Binns and Vidal Hazelton as well as the relatively unpopular (perhaps a little unfairly) Brandon Tate. There's other receivers fighting for a roster spot that could eventually challenge for the No. 2 spot, but if all things remain the same, then that will be the roster competition heading towards the tail-end of summer.

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