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Marvin Lewis On Mohamed Sanu: Capable Of Playing Right Away And Pushing To Start

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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Following the conclusion of Sunday's practice, marking the end of the team's rookie minicamp, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spoke enthusiastically about the team's next-gen wide receiver group. Namely Marvin Jones having a "great" weekend and Mohamed Sanu pushing for a starting role and playing time.

Lewis told team's beat writers after Sunday's practice.

"I thought Sanu was everything we expected him to be. I think he's going to be able to come in here and play right away as a rookie and he's going to push to start, play time," Lewis said.

Sanu, selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, is capable of playing anywhere on the field, from the slot position, to either flanking spots. Along with Marvin Jones, Armon Binns, Vidal Hazelton and the undrafted free agents, as well as Brandon Tate, there's going to be a vicious battle for the No. 2 receiver spot come training camp. And even if Sanu doesn't claim the No. 2 spot, one has to wonder just how safe Jordan Shipley is at the slot.