Patriots’ Mohamed Sanu eager to prove 2019 season was anomaly
Mohamed Sanu joined the New England Patriots in 2019 following a trade from the Atlanta Falcons, and he failed to live up to expectations. After a disappointing debut season in Foxborough, Sanu is eager to prove that 2019 was an anomaly.
“It’s tough when you learn things over and over and you memorize things like it’s the back of your hand and you have to completely forget all the things, terminology in 24 hours, something you’ve known for 3.5 years,” Sanu recently said on The Game 92.9 in Atlanta, as transcribed by WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “It is what it is. When you’re a top elite athlete you’re supposed to adjust and pick it up. It was tough at first and adversity hit, but it is what it is. “Right now, I am where I want to be. I didn’t play the best that I felt like I could have last year and that is on me. I internalized that and that’s fine. I accepted it, just know I am not letting that (expletive) happen again.”
Last season, the Patriots were searching for a wide receiver that could light a spark in their passing attack. Instead of pursuing Emmanuel Sanders, New England elected to trade a second-round pick for Sanu.
In his first seven games of the season with the Falcons, Sanu recorded 33 catches, 313 yards, and one touchdown. On the other hand, in his eight games with the Patriots, Sanu only notched 26 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown.
Before joining New England, Sanu proved that he could be a formidable complementary piece in an offense. Even though he showed signs of decline in 2019, Sanu is motivated to show that he can still make his acquisition worthwhile for the Patriots.