Mohamed Sanu
Mohamed Sanu
31-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2020 Fantasy Outlook
If the Patriots are such geniuses, why did they trade a second-round pick for Sanu last year? In their defense, the wideout was hobbled by an ankle injury that eventually required surgery, so we probably shouldn't hold his meager production with the team against them. But even a healthy Sanu is at best a competent possession receiver, someone who reliably catches short passes and rarely makes big plays. As Week 1 approached, the New England moved on from the veteran wideout. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Lions in November of 2020.
Finishes season on low note
WRDetroit Lions
January 3, 2021
Sanu caught two of six targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings.
ANALYSIS
Sanu finished second on the team in looks, but the 31-year-old failed to do much damage to a weak Vikings secondary that teammate Marvin Jones flamed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. Sanu will thus finish the year with 17 receptions for 187 yards and one touchdown on 24 targets over 10 games with Detroit and San Francisco. While the veteran did well to carve out a role with the Lions after the 49ers let him loose after three games, Sanu and his lack of explosion may not have much of a market in free agency this offseason.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Mohamed Sanu's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
0.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
5.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Mohamed Sanu's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
210 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.67 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.22 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
126 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
10.13 in
 
Arm Length
33.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sanu quietly had a a career year in 2018 with 838 yards and 8.9 YPT. Of course, it's a modest career wherein he's never seen 100 targets, caught 70 passes or scored more than five TDs. But in a league where teams are increasingly spreading the ball around, you could do worse for your third wideout. At 29 and playing alongside likely Hall of Famer Julio Jones and last year's first-round pick Calvin Ridley, Sanu doesn't have much upside beyond 2018's showing. At 6-2, 215, he has good size but saw only six red-zone looks all year. And while he had two catches of 40-plus last year, Sanu is slow even for his size - he ran a 4.67 40 at the 2012 combine. The best-case scenario is the status quo - he's the clear No. 3 wideout in an above-average passing offense that doesn't throw a ton to its backs or tight ends, and as such has a decent floor.
Sanu is what he is at this point - a reliable, low-upside possession receiver in an offense that likes to run and spread the ball around. At 6-2, 210, and with glacial 4.62 speed, Sanu gets by on size, experience, good hands and the defensive attention given to teammate Julio Jones. Sanu doesn't get a ton of red-zone work (12 of his 96 targets were in that area) and has only two 40-yard catches over his last 46 games. For 2018, Sanu might still be Matt Ryan's No. 2 receiver, though first-round pick Calvin Ridley should push him for that role. Wideouts Justin Hardy and Marvin Hall aren't major threats, but tight end Austin Hooper could conceivably have a larger role, particularly in the red zone.
Sanu has a job, and that's not likely to change. Otherwise, there's not much else to say. As a complement to Julio Jones, Sanu posted respectable numbers in a vacuum for a possession receiver -- 11.1 YPC, 8.1 YPT -- but those don't look quite as good when you consider QB Matt Ryan averaged 9.3 YPA on the year. At 6-2, 210, Sanu has good size, but he's slow -- 4.62 40 -- and he's not all that shifty. Sanu is a good athlete, though, and theoretically has red-zone upside, but he saw only 13 targets in that area last year, catching four for TDs. With Jones back, Taylor Gabriel emerging as the team's all-purpose threat, two quality pass-catching backs and a diverse offense, Sanu's upside is fairly limited. Even if Jones were to go down and allow Sanu to see an uptick in targets, it's hard to see him being a viable No. 1, given his lack of speed.
Someone other than Julio Jones has to see targets. The Falcons guaranteed $14 million to Sanu, so expect him to be used more than an aging Roddy White was last year. With Jones drawing double teams on the other side, Sanu should benefit from single coverage, but even opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati, Sanu was rarely more than passable (8.1, 8.0 YPT last two years). Sanu has only had four catches of 40-plus yards in his four-year career and runs a 4.62 40, so don't expect many downfield plays. At 6-2, 210, Sanu has enough size and athleticism to operate in traffic and could see red-zone work - especially given the team's lack of options (aside from Jones, 31-year-old TE Jacob Tamme and 5-10 Justin Hardy are next in line). But aside from being Matt Ryan's likely No. 2 WR, there's not much to get excited about.
As the less-flashy understudy to AJ Green, Sanu put up solid numbers in 2013, but he got surpassed by Marvin Jones in the Bengals' receiver pecking order and second-year tight end Tyler Eifert will probably start commanding more targets this season as well. Sanu's size and route-running could keep him in a possession receiver role, and out of the gate he figures to see added opportunities thanks to an injury to Jones.
After not seeing much action during the first half of the season, Sanu made his way into the starting lineup in Week 11 and scored three touchdowns the next two weeks. Then he broke his foot in practice and missed the rest of the year. At 6-2, 211, Sanu has good size and steady hands, but he's not especially fast. Now that his foot is healthy, he'll likely reclaim the starting job opposite A.J. Green and work shorter possession routes. He's also likely to see targets in the red-zone, but keep in mind Green and both of the team's pass-catching tight ends will be busy there, too.
With Andy Dalton coming off a promising rookie year, and A.J. Green sure to draw the bulk of the defense's attention, Sanu finds himself in a more favorable environment than most rookies. At 6-2, 211, Sanu has good size, but only average speed. The third-rounder is a polished receiver with good hands that did damage down the field in college but likely projects as a possession type in the pros. Jordan Shipley is also around, but he'll mostly work out of the slot, so Sanu should challenge for a starting job. Rookie Marvin Jones could also push for some targets, however, and there's always a chance the team brings in a veteran.
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Two more catches
WRDetroit Lions
December 28, 2020
Sanu caught two of four targets for 22 yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
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Season-high five targets
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December 20, 2020
Sanu caught four of five targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to Tennessee.
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Catches two more passes
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December 14, 2020
Sanu caught both his targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
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Offensive role increasing
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December 7, 2020
Sanu secured both of his targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 34-30 victory over Chicago.
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Catches touchdown on Thanksgiving
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December 2, 2020
Sanu secured four of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 41-25 loss to Houston.
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