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WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Sanu seemed to separate from Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper to clearly be the second target in this pass offense. He had his second straight solid PPR week and this one in a game the Falcons didn't have to pass much to win at home. He'll be a viable WR3/Flex against the Lions this week.

Week 3: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Falcons passing offense was relatively quiet last week in a game that favored their rushing offense due to establishing a 24-7 halftime lead. Matt Ryan was efficient as he completed 19 of 28 pass attempts for 252 yards and a touchdown. Ryan relied almost entirely on the services of Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu last week, with that duo accounting for a combined 10 receptions and 193 yards--hogging over 50% of Matt Ryan's targets. Julio Jones crossed the 100-yard threshold here, leading the team with nine targets as Ryan fed him early and often with eight four of his receptions and 95 yards all coming in the first half. Despite missing the end zone again, this is a nice bounce-back for Jones after being relatively under-utilized in Week 1. The Lions secondary has been on fire this season, leading the league with 16 passes defended along with four interceptions. Glover Quin is an intimidating presence over the top, while Darius Slay continues to be one of the top cornerbacks in football. Slay only allowed 15 yards after contact last week while breaking up two would-be touchdowns. Slot cornerback Quandre Diggs has made a huge turnaround thus far this season after finishing as one of the worst cornerbacks in the league last season. Diggs played well in Week 1 and smothered Sterling Shepherd last week, allowing him only two receptions for 17 yards. The edge rushing combination of Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel has also been very effective for the Lions, with Ansah contributing to three of their five sacks last week. This defensive line and secondary should present a challenge for the high-powered Falcons offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at CHI 48 0 0 0 9 6 47 0 0 4.7
2 vs GB 48 0 0 0 6 5 85 0 0 8.5
3 at DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu useful in Sunday's win (Mon Sep 18, 12:54 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu managed five receptions for 85 yards in Week 2 against the Packers on six targets.

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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu due for big game? (Sat Sep 16, 11:15 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu faces the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, and last year, he recorded a season-high nine catches for a season-high 84 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in the regular season.

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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu targeted nine times (Sun Sep 10, 06:37 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted six receptions for 47 yards in Week 1 at Chicago while posting a team-high nine targets.

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Schedule

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4vs Buffalo Bills
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers