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A.J. Green says Bengals rookie Sanu will be 'special'

Mohamed Sanu's NFL career began quite awkwardly, but he appears to have landed in a good place.

Sanu, the Cincinnati Bengals' third-round pick in last month's draft, enters a situation in which the team has no clear No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green. Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson have moved on, and it appears the Bengals will go with a youth movement at the position.

Could Sanu slide into the starting lineup in his rookie season? The former Rutgers star has an early fan in Green.

"A lot of people say that he didn't run the fastest, but you see him on the field and he's fluid in and out of his breaks, he catches everything with his hands and he attacks the ball," Green told the Bengals' official website. "He's going to be a special one."

Green said Sanu's style reminds some within the organization of a standout receiver from the not-so-distant past.

"I'm telling you -- a lot of the older guys here compare him to T.J. Houshmandzadeh," Green said. "He can stretch the field, and I think he's really going to help us out this year."

The Bengals would consider themselves lucky if Sanu followed the path of Houshmandzadeh, who had five seasons of at least 70 receptions for the Bengals, including an NFL-best 112 catches in 2007.

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