At 6-1 and a half and 211 pounds, Bengals rookie receiver Mohamed Sanu is a little bigger than T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The Bengals think he's a little faster and they think he's got the same kind of innate intelligence on the field.
If The Ocho had Housh, does A.J. Green have Mo? He would love to since while The Ocho was winning four straight AFC receiving yards titles from 2003-2006, Houshmandzadeh was catching 241 balls as the perfect No. 2 possession receiver.
Sanu hasn't watched tape of Houshmandzadeh, but he's seen him play on TV plenty.
"That would mean a lot to me," Sanu said. "I know he's a phenomenal player."
When people describe Sanu, they use the same adjectives used on Houshmandzadeh.
"Crafty. Makes plays on the ball," Sanu said. "I feel like I'm crafty and that I'm very physical. I just like competing."
I can't remember where I first read the comparison, about a week or two ago. I think Sanu will will develop a lot faster and be an even more reliable pass catcher.