NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
That may have been the case at Bengals training camp Wednesday, when Cincinnati had rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu simulate the play of Tim Tebow — No. 15 pullover jersey and all.
But any sort of fawning over the Jets backup quarterback was chucked out the window when the Rutgers product was asked if he could throw it better than Tebow.
“Yeah, I think so,” Sanu said, according to Bengals.com. “I’ve seen him throw.”
Tebow’s unorthodox style has long been a talking point for his critics. Earlier this week, Boomer Esiason said on his WFAN radio show that he’d cut the 24-year-old, in part because “all you have to do is watch him throw the ball.”
The left-handed Tebow, who was brought in to lead the Jets’ wildcat-style attack and is expected to contribute on special teams, plays as more of a fullback at times than a traditional passer.
The Jets aren’t likely to take the lid off their full Tebow package just yet. Cincinnati is getting ready for it just in case, and New York coach Rex Ryan warned the Bengals should do just that ahead of Friday night’s preseason opener.
The Bengals had Tebow — er, Sanu — mostly pound the ground in “about half-a-dozen snaps” while preparing the Cincinnati defense, Bengals.com reported. The receiver also managed to air out a 40-yard throw over the head of fellow rookie Marvin Jones.
“I’ve still got it,” Sanu said of the pass.
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