WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 211||Born: 8-22-1989||College: Rutgers||Drafted: Round 3|
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. No, Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game won't be reaching (nor even sniffing) their wild 2016 heights. This is still a talented and solid unit, but it's regressed massively from those record-threatening numbers of last year. Ryan's adjusted net yardage per attempt, with factors in sacks and interceptions, has fallen from league-best to a middle-of-the-pack 6.89, and his 4.6% touchdown rate is squarely in line with his career marks. And when this unit reverts to those marks, it's rarely more than a good-not-great one. Ryan has thrown for 294+ yards 3 times this year, but failed to top 254 in any other game, and that touchdown rate sits just 15th among regular starters. The big obstruction here has been the offense's inability to turn its world-beating potential - specifically, Julio Jones' dazzling downfield play - into productivity. Jones has registered just 9 receptions of 20+ yards - same as Washington running back Chris Thompson - and scored only once, continuing his career-long refusal to produce touchdowns. As things stand, we can regard this passing game as consistent and workable, but not dynamic or week-winning by any stretch. Luckily, if ever there's a matchup with blowup potential, it's a date with the Buccaneers, so it's fair to expect this unit's strongest production of the season in Week 12 (or something close to it). The thin-membraned Tampa Bay pass defense showed up again in Week 11 and found itself thoroughly shredded by backup quarterback Matt Moore. After harassing Jay Cutler into 3 interceptions and chasing him out of the game, the Buccaneers allowed Moore to rack up 282 yards on 28 attempts, including a beautiful 61-yard touchdown strike Kenny Stills. It was no new occurrence: this is a defense that's allowed 262+ yards to Moore, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, and Case Keenum. Matt Ryan and the Falcons pass game have their warts, but Ryan doesn't exactly need to be in All-Pro form to exploit this unit. And the fact that they've allowed 34 completions of 20+ yards - ninth-most in the league - suggests this is a fantastic blow-up spot for Julio Jones and the Falcons crew.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
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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