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Mohamed Sanu | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
College: Rutgers
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 3 (83) / CIN
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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff envisions Mohamed Sanu as Atlanta's new No. 2 option in the passing game.
The Falcons cycled through No. 2s all last season, using Leonard Hankerson, sometimes Roddy White, and eventually Jacob Tamme in the role. "Sanu is a legitimate No. 2 for us," insisted Dimitroff. "He's a great complement to Julio Jones." Sanu struggled in a prominent passing-game role in 2014, leading the NFL in drops while Andy Dalton endured a career-worst year. The Falcons need to keep searching for upgrades at both receiver and tight end. Mar 21 - 11:13 PM

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Falcons signed WR Mohamed Sanu, formerly of the Bengals, to a five-year, $32.5 million contract.

The deal comes with $14 million guaranteed. The Falcons badly needed pass-catching help after Matt Ryan turned in a career-worst season with only Julio Jones posing a legitimate 2015 receiving threat. Turning 27 this August, Sanu spent last season as the Bengals' third receiver, posting a 33-394-0 receiving line and converting ten rushing attempts into 71 yards with two scores. When Sanu was forced into a major receiving role for Cincinnati in 2014, he led the NFL in dropped passes (15) and showed an inability to get open versus one-on-one man coverage. Atlanta is a sensible landing spot, however, as Sanu possesses the skills to more effectively execute the role held last year by Leonard Hankerson as a slot receiver and red-zone weapon. Sanu could be a sneaky bet for 70-plus catches and 5-7 touchdowns in his new digs.
Mar 10 - 2:29 PM

Free agent Mohamed Sanu plans to visit the Patriots after meeting with the Falcons.

The meeting with New England could just be leverage to drive the Falcons' offer up. There is little chance the Patriots are willing to pay the reported $7 million per year the Falcons are offering, especially considering Julian Edelman's last deal netted him less than $5 million annually. It would be surprising if Sanu left Atlanta without a deal.
Mar 9 - 4:49 PM

Free agent Mohamed Sanu will visit the Falcons on Wednesday.

ESPN's Vaughn McClure adds a deal could be reached as early as tonight. Sanu would replace Roddy White as Atlanta's No. 2 receiver. The Falcons are reportedly offering him $7 million annually.
Mar 9 - 4:18 PM

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Falcons have emerged as the favorites to land free agent Mohamed Sanu.

Russini reports the Falcons have offered Sanu over $7 million per year. It's a ton of coin for a gadget-type receiver who struggles to win versus man coverage, but Sanu is essentially a better version of Leonard Hankerson, who had a big role when healthy in Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan's offense last season.
Mar 9 - 2:50 PM

According to TitanInsider's Terry McCormick and the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, the Titans and Patriots have shown interest in free agent Mohamed Sanu.

There have been a number of teams connected to Sanu throughout this process, with the Falcons, Giants, and Browns also likely in the hunt. Sanu has never shown to be a special talent when given the opportunity in Cincinnati, but he's a lock to be overpaid by his next team as one of the two or three best receivers left on the market after Travis Benjamin agreed with the Chargers.
Mar 9 - 9:02 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano expects the Giants to sign a "tall" receiver to play opposite Odell Beckham.

With 6'2/208 Rueben Randle a free agent and unlikely to be brought back, the G-Men are in the market for a new No. 2 receiver. Mohamed Sanu (6'2/210) has been the name connected to the Giants the most over the past couple weeks, and the former Rutgers star would likely be interested as long as the money is right. In a weak market, Sanu is almost certain to be overpaid.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 10:49 AM

The Falcons are expected to target free agent WR Mohamed Sanu.

Sanu could have a surprisingly hot market, as the Browns, Giants, and Falcons are all rumored to have interest. Drop prone and unable to beat man coverage, Sanu is an overrated NFL commodity who could get severely overpaid in this year's market, which is short on receiver talent but long on salary cap space.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 29 - 9:53 AM

The Browns are expected to pursue impending free agent Mohamed Sanu.

It would be an easy transition for Sanu, who played for Hue Jackson in Cincinnati. With such limited talent in this year's crop of free agent wide receivers, there's a good chance Sanu will be overpaid. A gadget player who struggles against all forms of man coverage, Sanu has never topped 800 yards in a season. The 26-year-old is also expected to draw interest from the Giants.
Feb 19 - 2:54 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports there's "virtually no chance" the Bengals re-sign free agent Mohamed Sanu.

Sanu's agent and the Bengals haven't had contact, and the 26-year-old is expected to test the market where the Browns, Falcons, and Giants are rumored as having interest. It's already been reported that Sanu "ranks high" on the Giants' wish list. With the receiver market being so weak in free agency, Sanu is a candidate to be overpaid next month. Word is he could command $5 million-plus annually. Sanu is a better real-life player than fantasy asset.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 19 - 10:09 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports impending free agent WR Mohamed Sanu is a "prime target" for the Giants.

With Rueben Randle headed to free agency and Victor Cruz's health a question mark, the Giants need to address the receiver position, but adding Sanu is unlikely to make much of a difference. A slot type who struggled when forced into a bigger role in the Bengals' offense two seasons ago, Sanu does not offer much more than current slot man and special teamer Dwayne Harris, who the Giants signed to a five-year, $17.5 million contract last offseason. New York should be aiming higher in their search to complement Odell Beckham.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 17 - 6:09 PM

Mohamed Sanu caught 1-of-2 targets for six yards and rushed two times for 11 yards in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens.

It's a standard day at the office for Sanu. The gadget player and No. 3 receiver did some Wildcat stuff and lined up at receiver for a handful of routes. Though he's the No. 3 receiver, he's also behind Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert for targets. Sanu ends the regular season with a 33-394-0 receiving line and 71 yards and two touchdowns as a rusher. He won't be a fantasy option in the playoffs. Sanu is a better real-life player than fantasy one.
Jan 4 - 12:11 AM

Mohamed Sanu rushed two times for 10 yards and one touchdown and caught 3-of-3 targets for 29 yards in the Bengals' Week 16 loss to the Broncos.

The 29 yards were Sanu's most since Week 6. The rarely-used No. 3 receiver is a jack of all trades for the Cincinnati offense. He's a much better real-life player than fantasy one. The Bengals used Sanu in Wildcat a couple times, and he scored his six-yard rushing touchdown that way, walking into the end zone untouched on a sweep to the left.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 12:47:00 AM

Mohamed Sanu caught 2-of-5 targets for 24 yards in the Bengals' Week 14 loss to the Steelers.

The Bengals' rarely-used No. 3 receiver is simply a gadget player. With a weekly floor of zero, Sanu shouldn't be owned in 14-team leagues.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Mohamed Sanu rushed once for seven yards and missed his lone target in the Bengals' Week 13 win over the Browns.

A gadget guy-slash-slot receiver, Sanu had a very minimal role in a game where Andy Dalton needed 14 completions to rout the Browns 37-3. Sanu is not worth owning in 14-team fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:20:00 PM

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