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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 19): Sanu didn't benefit from any busted coverages against the Raiders, and he mostly took a backseat to the tight ends in the passing game. Sanu's low output in a great game for Matt Ryan is a warning sign that he will be difficult to trust no matter how good the matchup is.

General News (Sat Sep 24): practiced fully on Saturday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Fri Sep 23): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Sep 22): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Julio Jones (calf) has been diagnosed a calf strain, although it is not believed to be serious, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure on Monday September 19. Despite Jones sore ankle and calf, Matt Ryan and company came out strong again in Week Two, compiling 26/34 for 396 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with just one sack of Ryan for -7 yards. He found Jones (five targets for 5/106/1 receiving), Jacob Tamme (eight for 5/75/1) and Justin Hardy (three for 1/8/1) for the TDs, and rookie tight end Austin Hooper (three for 3/84/0) was also heavily involved - all told, nine different Falcons caught passes from Ryan in Week Two. The Falcons' aerial assault is soaring entering Week Three, with 730 yards passing for Ryan over the first two games. The Saints' pass defense was already injury-riddled entering last week's game at the Giants, and then cornerback P.J. Williams suffered a concussion (he was taken off the field on a back board) which will likely keep him out some time. To date, the Saints have given up 672 yards passing, averaging 336 per game (30th in the NFL) - though strangely they have given up just one passing TD against zero interceptions generated. Eli Manning had 353 net yards passing but zero TDs during Week Two. However, there is no denying that teams are easily passing the football against the Saints - for whatever reason they just haven't wound up in the end zone to start off the year. The Saints are vulnerable in this phase of the game, and the Falcons are flying high - advantage, Atlanta.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs TB 56 0 0 0 8 5 80 1 0 14
2 at OAK 46 0 0 0 5 3 19 0 0 1.9
3 at NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu practices in full (Sat Sep 24, 03:06 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) fully participated in practice Saturday, Sept. 24, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.

Our View: Sanu has WR3/flex value against the Saints on Monday night. We should see a shootout between these two rivals in the Superdome in Week 3.
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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu limited (Fri Sep 23, 08:54 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 24.

Our View: Sanu should be fine for Monday night in one of the highest projected scoring games of the week. The Saints inexperience in the secondary and lack of pass rush should give the Falcons passing game a great chance to keep up their torrid early season pace.

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu will play Week 2 (Fri Sep 16, 12:53 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) was a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 16, and will play Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Sept. 18, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Our View: Sanu had a strong Week 1, but it was mostly based on a blown coverage and a terrific touchdown catch. The Raiders secondary had some breakdowns against the Saints, so consider Sanu a solid PPR WR3/Flex with some upside.
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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu will be limited (Thu Sep 15, 01:33 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) will be limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 15, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Quinn said Sanu hopefully will be a full participant in practice Friday, Sept. 16.

Our View: We're a little concerned since it's still lingering. He put up some nice numbers last weekend, but with the bum ankle, we're less excited. Consider him a WR5 this week against Oakland.
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Falcons | Limited practice for Mohamed Sanu (Wed Sep 14, 12:56 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Quinn noted Sanu is expected to be a larger participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 15, though.

Our View: Sanu had a good game in Week 1, but we can only recommend him as a 'what the heck' flex in Week 2 against the Raiders.
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