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The Bengals are expecting WR Marvin Jones (foot) to miss 3 games, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Cincy has a Week 4 bye, so that'd put Jones back on the field for Week 5.  It'd be about 8 weeks after he suffered the injury, which is a realistic timeline for a broken foot.  Of course, Jones will be a risky fantasy option upon his return until we see that he's back to 100%.  So he probably won't be a starting candidate until the 2nd half of the season.  He's only worth drafting as a late-rounder in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams.

Bengals WR Marvin Jones will miss “a few weeks” with a broken foot, per HC Marvin Lewis. Jones had a pin inserted into his 5th metatarsal after suffering the injury over the weekend. It’s been a tough stretch for Jones.  He missed time early in camp with an ankle injury and sat out the preseason opener. Consider the 3rd-year WR questionable for Week 1.  Mohamed Sanu will handle #2 duties while Jones is sidelined.

UPDATE: Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com says Jones is likely out "at least" 5 weeks and "probably" 6 weeks.  He's now a candidate to land on short-term IR, a move that would keep him out for the first 8 games.  We've updated our projections for Jones and Sanu. 

Bengals WR Marvin Jones has been cleared to practice. The 3rd-year WR rolled his ankle in mid-July, but it was just a minor injury. After posting a 51-712-10 line in 2013, he’ll function as the #2 WR opposite A.J. Green. Consider him just a WR4 in fantasy, though.

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com has reported for a while that the Bengals expect to pass less under new OC Hue Jackson than they did under Jay Gruden.  On Thursday, he put numbers to that expectation.  "New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is committed to changing it and I think he’s also committed to taking the load off Andy Dalton," Hobson wrote.  "A big adjustment that has to make (sic) is cutting his pass attempts from 586 to closer to Russell Wilson’s number of 407."  Just to be clear, this wasn't Hobson reporting that comparison from Bengals people.  It was him answering a mailbag question.  Beat writers often know their teams better than anyone outside the franchises, but they also often get into trouble when they try to dabble in projections. We're simply not buying that the Bengals will suddenly turn into the league's most run-heavy team, which is what Seattle has been over the past 2 years. More people need to realize that Gruden's Bengals already leaned run and that Hue Jackson's offenses have averaged just 44% run over his 4 years as an OC or HC. Just 1 of those teams reached 46% run. By comparison, the Seahawks have run 55% of the time and 52.3% of the time the past 2 years. Dalton's pass attempts will fall because Cincinnati ran the most total offensive plays in franchise history last year. But don't forecast utter doom for all Bengals passing-game pieces.  DS Insiders can check out our 2014 projections for Dalton and the rest of the Bengals.

Bengals WRs Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) and Andrew Hawkins (ankle) are active for tonight's game against the Dolphins.  Sanu only practiced on Wednesday this week and wasn't expected to play.  Hawkins will be making his 2013 debut after an early-August ankle injury.  Neither guy is a fantasy option, but their presence puts a dent in WR Marvin Jones' outlook.  Consider Jones a risk/reward WR3 tonight.

Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins.  He only practiced on Wednesday this week and looks like a game-time call.  Sanu is off the fantasy radar, but his absence would mean more action for the burgeoning Marvin Jones.

In attendance at Bengals camp, ESPN's Jamison Hensley says Marvin Jones "stood out the most" among WRs.  "He has a knack for getting open and can take off after making the catch," Hensley adds.  Jones is certainly a big-play threat.  He averaged 14.6 yards per catch at Cal and ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at last year's Combine.  Mohamed Sanu remains the favorite for the #2 WR job in Cincy, though.  We'll see if Jones makes a move for that spot over the next month.

3:26pm EDT 4/15/13

Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu declared himself 100% healthy at the start of OTAs on Monday.  "No nagging pain," he said.  Sanu's rookie campaign ended in Week 12 with a stress fracture to his foot.  He underwent surgery on December 3rd and resumed running in mid-February.  Sanu was coming on before going down last year, racking up 11 catches and 4 TDs in his final 3 games.  He'll enter training camp as the favorite for #2 WR duties.  Fellow 2nd-year WR Marvin Jones will push him for the spot.

Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu suffered a stress fracture in his foot in Thursday's practice.  He'll undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.  It's a tough break for a rookie who was starting to come on.  Sanu had scored 4 times in his last 3 games.  He's expected to be back to 100% in 2-3 months, so the injury shouldn't impact his 2013 outlook.  WRs Brandon Tate and Marvin Jones figure to battle for #2 duties in Cincinnati the rest of the way, but neither is a fantasy option.

The Bengals added Cal WR Marvin Jones in the 5th-round of the draft.  He never produced big numbers in college, but Jones impressed with a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Combine.  The 6'2, 199-pounder is a favorite of draft analysts like Greg Cosell and Rob Rang because of his change-of-direction, crisp routes, and sure hands.  Jones will push fellow rookie WR Mohamed Sanu for the Bengals' #2 WR job.  It'll be a situation worth tracking this summer.

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