by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com (click here for the article):
The big injury has finally hit the Bengals this preseason when they revealed Monday that wide receiver Marvin Jones had a pin put in his fifth metatarsal, indicating some kind of fracture that head coach Marvin Lewis says will keep him out “a few weeks.”
It’s a tough blow for the Bengals and for Jones, who was viewed as a potential breakout candidate entering the season (click here for our view on him). Now he’s going to miss the first few weeks of the season, as well as the rest of the preseason as the offense gels in their new system (Jay Gruden left for Washington, with Hue Jackson becoming the offensive coordinator).
You have to think that it puts him behind the eight ball and you have to wonder exactly how long it’s going to take him to get fully incorporated and on the same page. Clearly, in shallower formats his value has disappeared. In 12-team formats you could probably make the argument that he’s worth stashing, but given the risk involved it’s easy to bypass him there as well.
Mohamed Sanu figures to be the biggest benefactor. He had 47 receptions for 455 yards and 2 TD in his second season in the NFL. Prior to the draft Walter Football (click here for the full scouting report) compared to Anquan Boldin saying:
“Sanu’s game is reminiscent of Boldin’s. They both are well-put-together receivers who are physical and quick. Both of them are dangerous to pick up yards after the catch.”
We shall see if he can get up to that type of level, but thus far he’s profiled more as a possession receiver. You also have to wonder how many red zone opportunities he’s going to get, with A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard likely dominating the opportunities (as well as the offense likely running through Bernard and Jeremy Hill).
Both Dane Sanzenbacher and Tyler Eifert could also benefit from Jones being out, though neither should be moved significantly up draft boards at this time.
Sanu is worth keeping an eye on, but he easily could fall into a tertiary role once Jones is healthy. In other words it’s hard to justify drafting him.
Sources – ESPN, Bengals.com, Walter Football
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