Josh_Kirkendall The Sanu throw to AJ— Andre Edwards (@AndreEdwards06) December 1, 2014
Remember the first time that we saw Mohamed Sanu throw the football? Were we ignorant of the ways of Sanu or what? It was against the Washington Redskins, during his rookie season (and second career game). In fact, didn't Sanu throw a touchdown pass before his first reception in his NFL career... two games later.
Former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden had a feeling that Washington was going to play cover zero when Cincinnati showed wildcat. Sanu stood behind center Kyle Cook in shotgun and waited for the free safety to leave center field. Snap, grip, and chuck.
Considering that his season would prematurely end -- around the time that he scored four touchdowns on 11 receptions in the span of three games -- this would be his only pass that year. Sanu threw a 25-yarder against Cleveland last season, helping Cincinnati beat the Browns 41-20.
Then all of the sudden... this year. Hue Jackson, not unlike a kid that found a new accessory on a pretty cool toy, has used his wide receiver as a quarterback on several plays this year. Along with a 50-yarder to Brandon Tate against the Falcons. Sanu followed that up with an 18-yard touchdown throw to Andy Dalton... and nearly got our quarterback killed.
With 3:28 remaining in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dalton took the shotgun snap and flipped the football to Mohamed Sanu on a wide receiver screen -- Ryan Hewitt was blocking cornerback Jonathan Banks while Jermaine Gresham was doing Jermaine Gresham things.
Sanu took the lateral, white-knuckle gripped the football and launched toward the right sidelines.
11-yard gain and a first down.
Cincinnati would score a touchdown five plays later, reducing Tampa Bay's lead to 10-7 with 1:03 remaining in the first half. Terence Newman would pick off a Josh McCown pass, but Cincinnati dicked around as the first half clock was expiring with timeouts in their pocket before Dalton threw his third pick of the half.
In his career, Sanu has completed all five passes that he's attempted for 177 yards passing with two touchdowns and a career passer rating of 158.3 (aka, perfect).