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WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs NO 46 0 0 0 4 4 32 1 0 9.2
19 vs SEA 49 0 0 0 5 4 44 1 0 10.4
20 vs GB 0 1 7 0 7 5 52 1 0 11.9
21 vs NE 0 0 0 0 2 2 25 0 0 2.5
21 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 20 vs GB (7 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

The Falcons' No.2 receiver found openings over the middle and was a huge part of Atlanta's first drive, culminating with a touchdown reception near the back left of the end zone. Sanu's productive gave away to Julio Jones as the duo heated up, but Atlanta involved Sanu in the red zone as a runner and it's a wrinkle that fans will likely see again in two weeks.

2016 Week 19 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)

Matt Ryan overshot Sanufs first target—a corner route from the Atlanta 14 with 2:40 in the half. But Ryan followed up to Sanu with the same route against tight coverage with a magnificent one-hand catch for 22 yards on the next play. It was a fantastic display of tensile strength to hold onto the ball with his three fingers. It was the extent of Sanufs production during the game with the exception of a rub route where he set the stage for a 7-yard Julio Jones score. It was a play that FOXfs Mike Pereira would have ruled an offensive pass interference foul, but it was close. After a few runs with eight minutes left in the game that put Atlanta inside the 20 and he found Sanu in the flat inside the five and then hit the receiver on the fade for the score that sealed the game 35-13.

2016 Week 17 vs NO (4 / 4 / 32 / 1 rec)

He got his first catch on a 3rd and 6 for 10 yards on a short play to the left flat. scored on a route breaking along the end line in the mid second quarter when Matt Ryan climbed from pressure to the right and delivered the ball on the move. Sanu was wide open. His best gain was a 15-yard throw-out of the right flat that he took through good blocks and finished strong inside the Saints 15 late in the half.

2016 Week 16 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)

He got a first down from middle trips left on a dig route with a nice sail outside to get across the middle for over 15 yards and took them near midfield. Sanu earned aover 20 yards to get inside Carolina's 20 on a deep cross two plays later. A quick out for a nine-yard gain with 8:00 in game.

2016 Week 15 vs SF (3 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)

Despite Julio Jones out of the lineup and Atlanta's offense having their way with the 49ers, Sanu had a tempered performance in Week 15. Sanu had just three targets, fewer than speed merchants Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson this week after Sanu missed Week 14. Sanu found yards after the catch on one of his catches of note, but the expansion of Robinson and especially Gabriel limit Sanu's weekly upside when Julio Jones returns, potentially in Week 16.

2016 Week 13 vs KC (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Sanu was overthrown on a scramble to the end zone on the third play of the second series. He also drew a holding call on the play, but Atlanta took the roughing the passer penalty instead, setting up a one-yard plunge by Devonta Freeman. His first catch came on a slant for eight yards in the middle of the second quarter. Later he earned 14 yards on a crossing route past midfield on the first third-quarter dive. Sanu limped off the field with 5:30 in the game with a groin injury and didn't return.

2016 Week 12 vs ARI (8 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)

Sanu led the Falcons in receptions but most of his plays were screens, shallow routes, and quick routes. He made a nice adjustment on a tough throw to his back shoulder for seven ayrds and a first down on 4th and 2 early in the game that kept a scoring drive alive. He also kept a drive alive late with a quick cross for a first down. It was a productive day for Sanu when it came to moving the chains, but it was a middling effort for PPR fantasy leagues, at best.

2016 Week 10 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

He caught hitch on 3rd and 11 during the second drive for the Falcons and the Eagles stopped him short of the marker. He was also stopped on third down on a slant route against Malcolm Jenkins to force a field goal on the third drive of the game for Atlanta. Once again, Sanu is earning a minimal number of targets and his targets are restricted to routes that don't require a high degree of timing.

2016 Week 9 vs TB (7 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)

The veteran dropped a quick pass after contact on a slant during the first offensive series for the Falcons. His first catch came up the right seam to reach the 47 of Atlanta late in the half with less than a minute remaining. To begin the second half, Sanu caught a 15-yard dig and displayed good reach for the target. His only big-play opportunity was an overthrown deep post in triple coverage early in second half. He gained 12 yards on a short route over the middle when he broke a tackle after the catch. He later caught a deep crossing route off an end around play fake in the early fourth quarter. Sanu is mostly a yards after catch option operating on routes off play action or run-oriented substitutes in the passing game whereas Gabriel is running the more traditional timing routes matched with a quarterback's drop against tight coverage.

2016 Week 8 vs GB (10 / 9 / 84 / 1 rec)

The Falcons had to lean on Sanu after Julio Jones got hurt early in the second quarter. Despite this fact, it appeared Atlanta was already trying to involve Sanu at the beginning of the game. He caught a stick route in the right flat from an empty set for a first down to begin the game. On the fourth play, he caught a slant from the left side, but it was called back due to Atlanta's second straight illegal formation penalty on the drive. Sanu earned another first down on a crossing route early in the second quarter and had a short gain after the catch to set up a third and five. When Atlanta fell behind by six late in the game, Sanu was the target of multiple flat routes against the Packers' undermanned defense coping with the Falcons' hurry-up. There was a near pick-six by Ladarius Gunter late in the game when he cut off Sanu's route in the left flat but the corner dropped the ball. After that, Sanu earned four catches, including a seam route near the end line for the tying score and the go-ahead extra point.

2016 Week 7 vs SD (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

The free agent acquisition from Cincinnati made his presence felt the most without the ball in this game. He was the recipient of a fake end-around that led to a deep cross to Julio Jones early in the second quarter. The completion got Atlanta inside the Chargers' 15. Sanu caught a short flat route for five yards later in the game and his best target was 2nd-and-long screen pass up the right flat to get Atlanta into a 3rd and 1, but San Diego recognized Atlanta trying to run a quick QB sneak and stuffed the play, giving the Chargers the chance to tie the game and send it to overtime.

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (10 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)

Sanu began with a first down on a play action curl route on the fourth play of the game for a first down to reach midfield. He dropped a 3rd and 11 pass over the middle that was nearly intercepted after Earl Thomas delivered a hard hit to jar the ball loose and the Falcons' drive stalled. Sanu made a good catch on a high throw under pressure on an intermediate cross. Ryan then hit Sanu on a run-pass option, a slant thrown behind him, which Sanu caught one-handed for seven yards during the early third quarter. Sanu later had curl-out knocked away but got open in the red zone and dove under the defender for the touchdown to tie the game. In the fourth quarter, he dropped a pass after contact from Earl Thomas on 2nd and 10 with 1:47 left after a blitz rushed Matt Ryan's throw on the crossing route. Sanu got open on the final drive on a scramble drill but the throw was off target due to the Seattle pass rush.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

The receiver opened the game with a 10-yard gain at the right sideline. Aqib Talib cut off Sanu on a short dig for a near interception on the second drive. Sanu later made a back shoulder grab up the left sideline to reach midfield late in the third quarter. He was very late to track the ball but made an excellent adjustment. Sanu caught a third down pass over the middle and T.J. Ward stripped it while making the tackle at the 50. Sanu nearly caught a diving one-handed grab thrown well away from his frame inside the two of Denver's left flat on 3rd down.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

He converted a third down in the first drive of the third quarter on a play over the middle off a hard hit for an 18-yarrd gain. He was only targeted twice in this game, catching both passes for 22 yards. With Julio Jones on fire, and Berne Benwikere the target for bullying in the passing game, Sanu was an afterthought.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Sanu earned an easy gain in the right flat on 3rd and 4 during the second series when the Saints didn't cover him pre-snap and began the play fast. He got one hand on a 2nd and 4 pass in the flat thrown behind him and the inaccurate target was nearly picked off by the safety. Sanu followed up with a five-yard gain on a crossing route against a blitz. Two plays later, he gained 16 on a screen inside Jacob Tamme on 2nd and 12 to the Saints' two. Sanu later went to the locker room late in the half with a shoulder injury and did not return.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Like Jones, Sanu was also dealing with an ankle injury. He gained one yard on a fall-away target in the red zone due to a tipped Matt Ryan pass inside the 10 on 3rd and 4, which forceda field goal in the early second quarter. Ryan later targeted the ball behind Sanu on a play-action cross on 2nd and 10 in the mid second quarter during Atlanta's fourth series. His biggest play came late in the game as the primary option on a trips right alignment. He found the open zone for 15 yards on a 3rd and 3 to give Atlanta another four downs just inside the two-minute warning. It was only his third catch of the game but he converted two third downs.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)

Sanu dropped two passes in this game against tight coverage but when he was wide open, he made plays. His two biggest plays occurred during the first quarter. The first was a 59-yard catch and run up the right sideline on a busted zone coverage after a read-option fake. The second play was a post route from a trips set where Sanu made a nice head fake outside and break inside against Brent Grime's off coverage and then made a leaping catch att the end line. Sanu dropped a designed roll earlier in the contest on a crossing route off a boot-action pass. He also dropped a pass in the third quarter with Brent Grimes breaking up the play. Sanu caught an easy flat route for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 10 late in the third quarter.


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