Monday, April 26, 2004

Quickness tops list of his talents, coach says


Receiver Maurice Mann

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Maurice Mann looks at the Bengals' wide receiver corps and sees a great deal of talent in the likes of Chad Johnson, Peter Warrick and Kelley Washington.

Maurice Mann, WR, Nevada-Reno
Height, weight: 6-1, 191
DOB: Sept. 14, 1982
College: Nevada-Reno
2003 stats: 35 receptions, 594 yards and two touchdowns
2004 projection: A speed receiver who can stretch the field, Mann's best chance to make the team is on special teams.
Personal: State qualifier in high hurdles at Monterey (Calif.) High; lettered in basketball.
But Mann, the Bengals' fifth-round pick from Nevada, sees an opportunity to learn from his talented teammates.

"I'm coming in to get the chance to learn a lot from those great guys out there," he said.

Mann had 35 receptions for 597 yards and two touchdowns in 2003. He played in eight games with seven starts but was suspended for the first four games. He was suspended for an unauthorized use of the school's Federal Express account number (he had dormitory room furniture shipped to school using the account). He made restitution.

"I didn't know what I did was wrong," he said.

Mann is 6-feet-1, 191 pounds, and is considered a speed receiver that can help the Bengals stretch the field. He is a former high hurdles champion in high school in California and played two seasons of junior college ball before transferring to Nevada.

Bengals wide receivers coach Hue Jackson considers Mann's strength to be running after the catch.

"That's his biggest upside," Jackson said. "He can get in and out of his cuts. He has very good quickness and top-end speed."

On Mann's Fed-Ex incident: "It was nothing big," Jackson said.

"He did a great job of finishing out the season. He shows the quickness we are looking for on our team at that position."

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E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com




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