Bill Belichick claims Mohamed Sanu has made good progress
The New England Patriots may no longer have Josh Gordon, but they did swing a deal to acquire fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the week, and head coach Bill Belichick likes what he is seeing from the veteran:
“Smart kid. Picks things up well,” Belichick said Friday, per Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire. “We’ll see what we can do here. Sometimes, as it accumulates — early downs, third down, red area, situational stuff — we’ll see what the load looks like.
“He’s made good progress both days. Works hard. Good kid. He’s really in tune and trying very hard to pick up things quickly, and get on the same page with everybody else. Obviously, there’s a long way to go. A lot of work to do. But he’s working hard at it. You appreciate that.”
Through seven games this season, Sanu has logged 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown, but now that he is no longer on a club that features Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper, he will probably see a lot more action.
The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Rutgers, was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round (83rd pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
He spent the first four years of his career with the Bengals before landing with the Falcons in 2016.
Sanu has been a very consistent receiver throughout his career, and last year, he enjoyed his best season to date, hauling in 66 receptions for 838 yards and four scores.
The Patriots are 7-0 and will battle the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.