Mohamed Sanu hasn’t made impact he hoped in New England

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The Patriots have been scrambling for receiving help all season, and gave up a second-round pick hoping Mohamed Sanu would be the answer.

He hasn’t been in any dramatic way, but he’s hoping that as he continues to get comfortable in his new home that he will.

I haven’t really scratched the surface yet of what I know I can do,” Sanu said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “Getting adjusted to things people have known for years, or months, you have to catch up. It’s a lot of little details of things. I’ve been getting right up to speed. It’s just little things you can’t teach; they just have to be done. It’s the difference between knowing and doing.”

Since coming over from the Falcons, the results have been mixed. He had 10 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in his second game (against the Ravens), but a sprained ankle the following week has limited his effectiveness. In seven games, he has 23 catches for 172 yards and that one score.

“Our system is different than the ones he’s played in before, so he’s done a great job of trying to acclimate to what that terminology is and what his role is each week. He is still continuing to grow in our foundation,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “I’m happy with what he’s doing, the direction we’re headed, and the progress hopefully we can continue to make with him. That’s a big thing for us moving forward.”

There’s still time for him to deliver value, but the clock is ticking, and the Patriots need him to figure it out soon.

30 responses to “Mohamed Sanu hasn’t made impact he hoped in New England

  1. I watched the Buffalo game and saw a jet sweep with Sanu responsible to block the only Bills player who could make a tackle and he just stood there and the play was blown up for a loss . Thinking Sanu’s issues are effort related not adjustment problems .

  2. Belichick always manages to get the best out of players. Sanu’s moment will probably come in the playoffs. He’s too good a coach to not figure out how to get more out of a player like Sanu

  3. Wait, I thought every move BB made was brilliant. I remember all the Patriots fans raving about how they fleeced the Falcons and Sanu was sure to be a HoF’er now that he’s with the Patriots.

  4. Again, this offense is complicated. It requires the QB and receiver to react to the defense the same way, which takes lots of practice. My guess from last game is that they are taking away certain options for the newer receivers. It looked much better against the Bills and I don’t think that means people got enough experience. They must have simplified.

  5. Sanu has never been worth that 2nd rounder.
    WRs were generally overvalued on the block this year.

  6. When you go from running 15 yard deep outs to 5-yard shallow crosses, it’s quite an adjustment. And since Brady can’t throw deep, Sanu loses another facet to his game.

  7. If Sanu is having trouble, it’s because Belicheat has either had trouble stealing defensive signals or the other coaches are on to his scam and are switching out at the last minute.

  8. I see the salty hate is strong today – y’all must’ve got lego instead of buzz lightyears for xmas.

  9. johnnycantread says:
    December 26, 2019 at 8:13 am
    Sanu can’t throw the ball to himself.
    He needs someone better at QB at this point.

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    LOL, I seem to remember Brady throwing for 275 yards and completed like 80% of his passes against your Bills…..but yeah, they need someone better. Whats that say about Buffalos defense if an old washed Brady can play that well against them?

  10. whenwilliteverend says:
    December 26, 2019 at 8:03 am
    Wait, I thought every move BB made was brilliant. I remember all the Patriots fans raving about how they fleeced the Falcons and Sanu was sure to be a HoF’er now that he’s with the Patriots.

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    The odds favor him making a key play at some point to help the team. Your jealousy is a delight!

    lmao

    I mean, when NE wins SBs, I literally start laughing at people like you.

  11. “Strange, that one big game then he sort of disappeared.”

    Guess you read the headline but didn’t bother reading the article.

    “but a sprained ankle the following week has limited his effectiveness.”

    SMH

  12. joker65 says:

    LOL, I seem to remember Brady throwing for 275 yards and completed like 80% of his passes against your Bills…..but yeah, they need someone better. Whats that say about Buffalos defense if an old washed Brady can play that well against them?

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    “My” Bills?
    Sorry Bub, I’m not a Bills fan.
    But I agree with what you said about Brady being old and washed (up).

  13. whenwilliteverend says:
    December 26, 2019 at 8:03 am
    Wait, I thought every move BB made was brilliant. I remember all the Patriots fans raving about how they fleeced the Falcons and Sanu was sure to be a HoF’er now that he’s with the Patriots.

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    Literally 0 Patriots fans said that but whatever helps you sleep at night 🙂

  14. Belichick mad a mistake letting Bolden go and now he is back – improvement.

    Belichick let Cordarrelle Patterson go and that was a big mistake – downgrade.

    Belichick is not perfect and he needs some people around him to speak loud and clear when making wrong decisions.

  15. solo681 says:
    December 26, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Belichick mad a mistake letting Bolden go and now he is back – improvement.

    Belichick let Cordarrelle Patterson go and that was a big mistake – downgrade.

    Belichick is not perfect and he needs some people around him to speak loud and clear when making wrong decisions.
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    Bolden wasn’t really let go. Bill has cut him for roster reasons telling him he would resign him- he’d done it several times in previous years- no one, including Bolden saw the Miami offer coming, and it was too much money for Bolden to pass up.

    Patterson got offered a lot of money- mostly because the Pats used him creatively in all facets of the game.

    Totally agree with your third point. For a team that self scouts like the Pats, Bill has a real blind spot on his draft talent assessment abilities.

  16. nflfan12blog says:
    December 26, 2019 at 11:23 am
    solo681 says:
    December 26, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Belichick mad a mistake letting Bolden go and now he is back – improvement.

    Belichick let Cordarrelle Patterson go and that was a big mistake – downgrade.

    Belichick is not perfect and he needs some people around him to speak loud and clear when making wrong decisions.
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    Bolden wasn’t really let go. Bill has cut him for roster reasons telling him he would resign him- he’d done it several times in previous years- no one, including Bolden saw the Miami offer coming, and it was too much money for Bolden to pass up.

    Patterson got offered a lot of money- mostly because the Pats used him creatively in all facets of the game.

    Totally agree with your third point. For a team that self scouts like the Pats, Bill has a real blind spot on his draft talent assessment abilities.

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    Umm, I totally disagree with your moronic 3rd point.

    Did you just say the greatest GM of all time, in any sport, has a “blind spot” in draft talent assessment”?

    Did you?

    LOL

    How many more late rd or UDFAs does he need to unearth for you to believe you’re looking at the greatest talent evaluator and teambuilder in sports history?

  17. Belichick is the Greatest HC he is NOT the greatest GM.

    How many more SBs with some GM help during the Draft – at least on Offense.

  18. Edelman’s entire body is broken. He balls out. Sanu hurts his ankle and disappears for 7 games… Stand up Man! the PATS are giving you a chance at NFL Playoff glory. Go get it!!!!!

  19. nite2al says:
    December 26, 2019 at 8:54 am

    When you go from running 15 yard deep outs to 5-yard shallow crosses, it’s quite an adjustment. And since Brady can’t throw deep, Sanu loses another facet to his game.

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    He averages 11.2 yards a catch for his career. What was he doing, running 15 yard deep outs and coming back 4 yards after the catch?

  20. johnnycantread says:
    December 26, 2019 at 10:36 am
    joker65 says:

    LOL, I seem to remember Brady throwing for 275 yards and completed like 80% of his passes against your Bills…..but yeah, they need someone better. Whats that say about Buffalos defense if an old washed Brady can play that well against them?

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    “My” Bills?
    Sorry Bub, I’m not a Bills fan.
    But I agree with what you said about Brady being old and washed (up).

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    12-3, clinched their division, second seed in that AFC. And guys make fun of how that counts as a bad year by Patriot standards. Think about that.

  21. Sanu was a very valuable player with Atlanta. The difference there is that Atlanta has Jones who gets so much attention that Sanu was able to get open often. Not the same situation with the Pats…

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