WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 211||Born: 8-22-1989||College: Rutgers||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 5): Sanu caught 2-of-3 targets for 26 yards in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Chiefs, departing late with a groin injury - he'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.
General News (Thu Dec 8): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 7): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Dec 6): suffered a groin injury in Week 13, but he could still practice Thursday, Dec. 8.
Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Julio Jones (toe) is dealing with turf toe, according to head coach Dan Quinn on Monday, December 5. The injury is not believed to be long-term - but this is known to be a painful injury to attempt to play through, so Jones is definitely iffy for Week 14 - owners of Jones (and Matt Ryan, and the entire Atlanta offense) should pay attention to Jones' practice participation during the upcoming week. Also, #2 wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a groin injury and also checked out early last Sunday during the one-point loss to Kansas City. The entire Atlanta passing attack is in flux at mid-week, friends. Matt Ryan did what he could to pull out a 'W' last week with 22/34 for 297 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (returned by Eric Berry for a TD) - he also threw a second, disastrous interception on a two-point conversion play that Berry returned for a two-point swing that led Kansas City to the 'W'. Four players were over 30 yards receiving last week - Jones (nine targets for 7/113/0); Devonta Freeman (five for 4/49/0); Taylor Gabriel (six for 5/44/0); and Levine Toilolo (one for 1/42/0). The Rams allowed 33/46 for 269 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks to Tom Brady last weekend - Drew Brees threw 28/36 for 296 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -14 yards) two weeks ago, joined by Willie Snead for 1/1 for 50 yards passing and another TD. Suffice to say that L.A. has been vulnerable in this phase of the game lately - From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Los Angeles has averaged 21 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 26.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 4.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-least). This looks like a neutral matchup for the wounded Falcons vs. a shaky pass defense - upgrade it to 'good' if Jones can play on Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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.
Latest NewsFalcons | Mohamed Sanu a no-go for Week 14 (Fri Dec 9, 02:53 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. Our View: Taylor Gabriel becomes a more attractive option with a higher floor to go along with his high ceiling now that Sanu is out and Julio Jones is questionable.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu to miss practice (Thu Dec 8, 01:29 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) will not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 8. Our View: Taylor Gabriel seems to have hopped Sanu in the pecking order, but they could hamper each other's production as Matt Ryan splits targets. Gabriel is a WR6 right now in our rankings, while Sanu hovers closer to WR7 status. If he doesn't play, bump Gabriel up a notch.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu's status in question (Thu Dec 8, 10:26 AM) - Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) is in question to play in Week 14. Our View: Taylor Gabriel should continue to get more targets whether Sanu is healthy or not. If Sanu is out, we think Gabriel will be a solid WR3 against the Rams this week. The Rams defense isn't great but isn't awful. There should be plenty of work to go around for Atlanta.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu absent Wednesday (Wed Dec 7, 04:36 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) missed practice Wednesday, Dec.7. Our View: With Sanu and Julio Jones a little banged up, the Falcons are going to take it easy on these guys during the week of practice. If Sanu plays against the Rams, he's no more than a WR5/deep flex play for fantasy owners.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu has groin injury (Mon Dec 5, 03:27 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) suffered a groin injury in Week 13, but he could still practice Thursday, Dec. 8. Our View: He was injured late in the game against the Chiefs. The Falcons will be cautious with Sanu as he deals with this injury...especially with Julio Jones battling a turf toe.
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