Mohamed Sanu
Mohamed Sanu
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New England Patriots
Questionable
Injury Ankle
2020 Fantasy Outlook
If the Patriots are such geniuses, why did they trade a second-round pick for Sanu last year? In their defense, the wideout was hobbled by an ankle injury that eventually required surgery, so we probably shouldn't hold his meager production with the team against them. But even a healthy Sanu is at best a competent possession receiver, someone who reliably catches short passes and rarely makes big plays - only three catches of 20-plus yards last year, seven in 2018. With Tom Brady gone, the Patriots will turn to either late-June acquisition Cam Newton or untested Jarrett Stidham at quarterback. Either way, Sanu figures to be one of their top options, alongside 34-year old Julian Edelman and disappointing 2019 first-round pick N'Keal Harry. The upside here is 100-odd targets and 70 catches with modest efficiency and a handful of TDs, but that assumes Sanu is healthy and the Patriots don't view him as a sunk cost from which to move on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Falcons in March of 2016. Traded to the Patriots in October of 2019.
Ahead of rehab schedule
WRNew England Patriots
Ankle
June 24, 2020
Sanu (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason surgery, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "[Sanu]'s probably faster, quicker, leaner and in better shape now than prior to the surgery," said trainer Hilton Alexander, who is in his third offseason working with Sanu in Atlanta. "I would say he's way ahead of any doctor's knowledge or prediction where he would have been at this point."
ANALYSIS
Sanu injured his ankle in a Week 11 win over the Eagles, sitting out Week 12 before managing only 13 catches for 110 yards over his final six games (including playoffs). While he initially hoped rest would allow for a full recovery, Sanu ended up having ankle surgery in early March. It sounds like he's back to running, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a full participant once the Patriots are able to practice. Sanu will turn 31 in August and is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary in the final season of a five-year contract.
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How do Mohamed Sanu's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
18.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.71
 
% Team Air Yards
5.2%
 
% Team Targets
6.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.6%
 
Drop Rate
2.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Mohamed Sanu's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.22 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
33.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sanu quietly had a a career year in 2018 with 838 yards and 8.9 YPT. Of course, it's a modest career wherein he's never seen 100 targets, caught 70 passes or scored more than five TDs. But in a league where teams are increasingly spreading the ball around, you could do worse for your third wideout. At 29 and playing alongside likely Hall of Famer Julio Jones and last year's first-round pick Calvin Ridley, Sanu doesn't have much upside beyond 2018's showing. At 6-2, 215, he has good size but saw only six red-zone looks all year. And while he had two catches of 40-plus last year, Sanu is slow even for his size - he ran a 4.67 40 at the 2012 combine. The best-case scenario is the status quo - he's the clear No. 3 wideout in an above-average passing offense that doesn't throw a ton to its backs or tight ends, and as such has a decent floor.
Sanu is what he is at this point - a reliable, low-upside possession receiver in an offense that likes to run and spread the ball around. At 6-2, 210, and with glacial 4.62 speed, Sanu gets by on size, experience, good hands and the defensive attention given to teammate Julio Jones. Sanu doesn't get a ton of red-zone work (12 of his 96 targets were in that area) and has only two 40-yard catches over his last 46 games. For 2018, Sanu might still be Matt Ryan's No. 2 receiver, though first-round pick Calvin Ridley should push him for that role. Wideouts Justin Hardy and Marvin Hall aren't major threats, but tight end Austin Hooper could conceivably have a larger role, particularly in the red zone.
Sanu has a job, and that's not likely to change. Otherwise, there's not much else to say. As a complement to Julio Jones, Sanu posted respectable numbers in a vacuum for a possession receiver -- 11.1 YPC, 8.1 YPT -- but those don't look quite as good when you consider QB Matt Ryan averaged 9.3 YPA on the year. At 6-2, 210, Sanu has good size, but he's slow -- 4.62 40 -- and he's not all that shifty. Sanu is a good athlete, though, and theoretically has red-zone upside, but he saw only 13 targets in that area last year, catching four for TDs. With Jones back, Taylor Gabriel emerging as the team's all-purpose threat, two quality pass-catching backs and a diverse offense, Sanu's upside is fairly limited. Even if Jones were to go down and allow Sanu to see an uptick in targets, it's hard to see him being a viable No. 1, given his lack of speed.
Someone other than Julio Jones has to see targets. The Falcons guaranteed $14 million to Sanu, so expect him to be used more than an aging Roddy White was last year. With Jones drawing double teams on the other side, Sanu should benefit from single coverage, but even opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati, Sanu was rarely more than passable (8.1, 8.0 YPT last two years). Sanu has only had four catches of 40-plus yards in his four-year career and runs a 4.62 40, so don't expect many downfield plays. At 6-2, 210, Sanu has enough size and athleticism to operate in traffic and could see red-zone work - especially given the team's lack of options (aside from Jones, 31-year-old TE Jacob Tamme and 5-10 Justin Hardy are next in line). But aside from being Matt Ryan's likely No. 2 WR, there's not much to get excited about.
As the less-flashy understudy to AJ Green, Sanu put up solid numbers in 2013, but he got surpassed by Marvin Jones in the Bengals' receiver pecking order and second-year tight end Tyler Eifert will probably start commanding more targets this season as well. Sanu's size and route-running could keep him in a possession receiver role, and out of the gate he figures to see added opportunities thanks to an injury to Jones.
After not seeing much action during the first half of the season, Sanu made his way into the starting lineup in Week 11 and scored three touchdowns the next two weeks. Then he broke his foot in practice and missed the rest of the year. At 6-2, 211, Sanu has good size and steady hands, but he's not especially fast. Now that his foot is healthy, he'll likely reclaim the starting job opposite A.J. Green and work shorter possession routes. He's also likely to see targets in the red-zone, but keep in mind Green and both of the team's pass-catching tight ends will be busy there, too.
With Andy Dalton coming off a promising rookie year, and A.J. Green sure to draw the bulk of the defense's attention, Sanu finds himself in a more favorable environment than most rookies. At 6-2, 211, Sanu has good size, but only average speed. The third-rounder is a polished receiver with good hands that did damage down the field in college but likely projects as a possession type in the pros. Jordan Shipley is also around, but he'll mostly work out of the slot, so Sanu should challenge for a starting job. Rookie Marvin Jones could also push for some targets, however, and there's always a chance the team brings in a veteran.
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Sheds boot and cast
WRNew England Patriots
Ankle
May 13, 2020
Sanu is no longer sporting a cast or boot on his surgically repaired ankle, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
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Ankle procedure on tap
WRNew England Patriots
Ankle
February 28, 2020
Sanu is in line to undergo surgery to address issues related to a high ankle sprain that bothered him throughout the 2019 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Finishes season with 59 catches
WRNew England Patriots
December 30, 2019
Sanu caught three of his five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Dolphins.
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Modest showing against Bills
WRNew England Patriots
December 21, 2019
Sanu caught three of five targets for 24 receiving yards and registered 17 yards on three punt returns during Saturday's 24-17 win against Buffalo.
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Catches two passes Sunday
WRNew England Patriots
December 16, 2019
Sanu (ankle) was on the field for 56 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to catching two of his eight targets for 13 yards.
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