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WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 211Born: 8-22-1989College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3

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16 at NO 59 0 0 0 6 4 31 0 0 3.1
17 vs CAR 61 1 0 0 11 7 71 0 0 7.1
18 at LAR 53 0 0 0 8 4 75 0 0 7.5
19 at PHI 51 0 0 0 5 3 50 0 0 5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)

Mohamed Sanu had the second most receiving yards for the Falcons with 50. Sanu's work was primarily in the middle of the field, and nearly had the opportunity for a bigger day. He was unable to catch a target on a red zone seam route, and drew a personal foul on a hit to the head on the play. Sanu was also targeted deep along the perimeter, but a miscommunication resulted in an overthrow on the play.

2017 Week 18 vs LAR (8 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)

Sanu was part of the short passing game to get drives going and convert third downs. He also had a very long catch and run play on a screen where he just took off straight after an accurate pass and advanced the ball deep into the Rams end of the field.

2017 Week 17 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Ryan found Sanu for a short out-breaking route from the slot on the second third down of the first drive for a short completion. Sanu earned most of the yards after the catch up the left flat for 19 yards to reach the Carolina 35. Sanu worked off a Julio Jones block around the left flat to the sideline to earn six yards during the second drive. He dropped a slant route against tight coverage during the third drive. Ryan led the receiver too far and forced a diving attempt. Sanu failed to earn a yard up the middle on a 3rd and 1 read-option keeper early in the second quarter and earned a third consecutive punt for Atlanta in the half. Atlanta punted a fourth consecutive time in the first half after pressure forced Ryan to climb the pocket on the run and overshoot Sanu on a crossing route. Sanu made a fantastic catch on a back-shoulder post under Kuechly but the ball hit the ground after contact with the defender. He plowed through Darryl Worley at the end of a crossing route late in the third quarter to begin a drive off a Ricardo Allen interception. He took a short pass up the right flat for 16 yards, much of it after the catch and a late hit to the head from Worley tacked another 15 on the play and got Atlanta to the Carolina 21. Sanu took a receiver screen for 9 yards on 3rd and 10 but came inches shy of the marker and led to a third consecutive field goal in the past five minutes. Sanu dropped an out on 3rd and 7 late in the game to force a punt.

2017 Week 16 vs NO (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

He committed a pass interference penalty on a 1st and 30 screen pass to Julio Jones during the third drive to set up a 1st and 40. Sanu earned a fade route up the right sideline, but Ken Crawley covered Sanu step-for-step and the throw was way too low. He high-pointed the ball on a route breaking back to the QB as Lattimore hit him in the chest to earn eight yards. He earned 10 up the middle on an outlet route backside of a designed play-action rollout late in the third quarter.

2017 Week 15 vs TB (5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Ryan overshot Sanu on a corner route to the end zone but even if he pass was on-target, Robert McClain had Sanu covered step-for-step. Sanu earned a few yards up the right flat on a wide receiver screen with less than 90 seconds left in the half and later caught a scramble drill with Ryan flushing right. Sanu uncovered against the linebacker for 21 yards to the right sideline during the same drive with 49 seconds left. He then dropped a high throw to the left sideline with 39 seconds left on 2nd and 2. He was not highly involved in the second half.

2017 Week 14 vs NO (8 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)

Ryan found Sanu for a play-action slant working left to right for a first down to the Atlanta 31 early in the second quarter. Sanu earned five on a quick out with 1:20 left in the half. Sanu's role grew in the second half, including the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Sanu had a nice catch to jumpstart the drive that led to the game-winning field goal, and continues to be a mainstay in the passing game.

2017 Week 13 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Ryan targeted Sanu on a third down perimeter route at the sticks, but the cornerback McKenzie Alexander committed a 3rd and 10 pass interference and gave Atlanta a first down. Sanu dropped a quick slant on 3rd and 4 to end Atlanta's second drive. Ryan delivered a skinny post o Sanu for more than 20 and a first down during the third drive. Sanu was wide open on a curl route and attacked the ball past Xavier Rhodes on the third play of the second half. This was after Sanu yelled at his staff during the first half to get him the ball. Sanu earned a first down on a route crossing the middle but Ryan's throw was low and the officials overturned the play and forced a 47-yard field goal to end the opening drive of the second half. Ryan found Sanu at the top of the second drive of the third quarter on a 14-yard slant.

2017 Week 12 vs TB (9 / 8 / 64 / 0 rec)

He earned four yards up the left sideline on a throw-out to begin the third drive at the top of the second quarter. Sanu threw a deep post on a 3rd and 1 Wildcat look as the QB. He juggled the ball while faking the exchange with Tevin Coleman but reset quick enough to fire the ball 56 yards in the air on a line to Julio Jones' inside shoulder just a stay away from the coverage at the Tampa Bay 1. Jones scored on the play - a 51-yard touchdown. Sanu converted a third and short midway through the second quarter to get Atlanta inside the Tampa Bay 21 for a first down. This set up Jones' second touchdown on a great post-out combo to force the cornerback to the ground at the break. After the catch, he dove for the pylon for the score. He gained 11 after finding a hole in the middle of the Tampa Zone with 0:35 in the half. He ran over T.J. Ward on a catch and run up the right seam for 25 yards during the initial drive of the second half. Ryan threw the ball behind Sanu against the blitz on 3rd and 8 late in the third quarter. This was his third bad throw against pressure in this game. He earned five yards on a short out with 6:15 in the game to earn Atlanta a 3rd and 5. He followed up with another out on a designed sprint right for a nine-yard gain a first down

2017 Week 11 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

He was the Wild Cat QB on a 3rd and 1 during the opening drive, keeping the ball up the middle for a four-yard gain. On the next play, Sanu extended for the ball over his outside shoulder on a go route in the end zone. He nearly caught the ball but couldn't retract it. Byron Maxwell interfered with Sanu, holding the WR's arm and putting the ball at the Seattle 1. Sanu made a one-hand stab on a fade route in the right corner of the end zone to put Atlanta up 14-0. Sanu ran the slant under Jeremy Lane on third down to reach the 36 of Atlanta during the third drive. He earned a first down on a deep cross for 21 yards just before the two-minute warning.

2017 Week 10 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

He tipped the first pass of the game on a curl route after he was hit in the back while trying to extend for the ball. The tipped ball was intercepted by Xavier Woods inside Atlanta territory. Sanu caught a five step in-cut for 11 yards into the thick of coverage, taking a hit from Sean Lee head-on within a step of catching the ball on this play-action pass. He caught a short outlet in the left flat on a play-action boot to the left by Ryan during the third series for three yards, setting up 3rd and 2. He got Atlanta into the red zone on a third-down pass over the middle before the two-minute warning. Late in the game, he held a defender on a Coleman run up the left sideline that nullified a touchdown.

2017 Week 9 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)

He caught a 3rd and 14 throw-out to the left side of the formation and earned 10, setting up a 53-yard field goal. Sanu then earned seven on a 3rd and 5 slant to reach the Carolina 15 during the second drive. Sanu later earned an easy score on a six-yard shallow out to cap the Falcons' second drive.

2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)

This was Sanu's best game of the year. His first target was a short out from inside trips-right on third down for a 10-yard catch and five-yard run through contact. Because it came early in the second quarter, it didn't seem like an auspicious start. He also dropped an open route on 3rd and 8 with 5:30 in the half, setting up a punt from Atlanta's end zone. However, Sanu and Ryan connected after that, including three consecutive passes under the Jets zone for nearly 40 yards and converted a 3rd down on one of those targets. Despite a handful of strong individual plays, Sanu arguably made the most impressive when he made a great diving grab along the end line to take the lead. Ryan climbed the pocket to avoid pressure when Sanu was initially covered on the crossing route. The receiver then reversed field and curled along the end line to follow Ryan to the left to uncover. Sanu made a full extension to catch the ball. He also converted an important 3rd and 5 with a mismatch against the nickel back on a slant for the first down with less than 3 minutes left.

2017 Week 7 vs NE (10 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)

Atlanta's No. 2 receiver got open but Matt Ryan failed to connect with him in key moments. It appeared promising to begin the game when Sanu caught a quick out on 2nd and 8 for 6 yards. However Ryan led Sanu a yard too far on 3rd and 2 and later did the same thing on a wide-open route the left rail into the end zone during the Falcons' second offensive series. Ryan also overshot Sanu on a 4th and 6 corner route inside the two-minute warning, but Sanu broke the route off like an out and Ryan threw the corner. After some shorter targets under the zone, Sanu's best catch was conversion between two defenders on a sideline fade to the Patriots' one to begin the fourth quarter. However, Atlanta failed to score from that spot.

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

He caught a third-down pass thrown behind him with White playing tight coverage during the third drive. White stopped Sanu shy of the marker, forcing a field goal. On 3rd down, Atlanta put Sanu as the shotgun quarterback for a designed sweep to right end for the first down to the Buffalo 1. He suffered a hamstring injury during the first half and was ruled out.

2017 Week 3 vs DET (6 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)

He ran strong hook route on 3rd and 9 to work off a stack release with Julio Jones and get open beyond the marker for a first down on the initial series. Sanu caught a cross to get Atlanta another 12 yards two plays later. Sanu ran a shallow route on a designed sprint left, catching the pass from the four near the goal line and a great hit from the safety over top forced an Atlanta challenged that instant replay officials ruled a touchdown. Sanu dropped a tightly covered shallow route near the boundary that went through his hands unfettered late in the half and led to a 48-yard field goal to build on a 17-13 lead. Sanu let a second pass through his hands at the Detroit 10 on 2nd and 10 from the 19 in the middle of the fourth quarter and Darius Slay earned his second interception of the game and prevented Atlanta from building on its 30-26 lead.

2017 Week 2 vs GB (6 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)

Ryan began the third series with a 24-yard completion to Sanu on a crossing route off a play action roll to the left to end in the first quarter. Sanu made two defenders miss by breaking reaches for his legs in the middle of the field, turning a 7-yard crossing route up the numbers of the right flat for another 14 yards after the catch. He did a great job of separating from safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and attacking the ball ahead of the zone coverage to win the target and turn up field at full speed. Sanu earned 21 yards with 29 seconds left in the half with a great route from the slot to fake out Damarious Randall. He caught the ball at the Packers' 10 and took it to the 7.

2017 Week 1 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)

Sanu gained three yards on 2nd and 4 on a short pass and officials screwed up giving him a first down, coming back to the ball. He caught a second short pass over the middle for seven yards. Later a good cross with outside-in stem and took the hit by the LB head-on for a third down conversion with 6:30 in the third quarter. Sanu went up the seam in the middle inside the 10 for 15 yards. The short passes continued with a diving seven yard catch thrown to back shoulder in the early fourth quarter. Overthrown on quick slant on 3rd and 3.

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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu catches three passes (Sat Jan 13, 08:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 50 yards in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13.

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Falcons | Limited practice for Mohamed Sanu (Thu Jan 11, 02:14 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 11.

Our View: Sanu will be a distant second to Julio Jones, and will probably struggle with Philadelphia's secondary in a way Jones won't. Not a bad option overall, we would look at Sanu as a WR2 though, and no more.
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Falcons | Limited practice for Mohamed Sanu (Wed Jan 10, 05:24 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 10.

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Falcons | Limited practice for Mohamed Sanu (Tue Jan 9, 06:20 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) practiced on a limited basis Tuesday, Jan. 9.

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