After last seasons passing game struggles, we all can agree the Atlanta Falcons REALLY needed a complementary receiver alongside Julio Jones. Jones was the only consistent player in a struggling passing offense. Jones finished with a record 136 catches 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns. Not much went well for the Falcons, so when Sanu became available… The Falcons offered him a five-year, $32.5 million dollar deal.
Many criticised the deal due to Sanu’s lack of numbers. His best year came in 2014 where he had 56 catches for 790 yards. You would expect better numbers from a second receiver, but the Cincinnati Bengals was loaded with talented receivers, AJ Green, Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones to name a few. So there weren’t many opportunities for Sanu to make an impact. He finished the season with 33 catches 394 yards and zero touchdowns.
What were the Falcons thinking about?
The idea was to give Matt Ryan a solid second option. There were times Jones was double, sometimes triple teamed. With Roddy White’s inability to consistently get open, it led to very poor habits by Matt Ryan. It also allows Justin Hardy to go one one against the oppositions third or forth corner. Falcons are confident Hardy can consistently do that.
To Skeptical Fans
I have news for skeptical fans, do not expect Sanu to be the second coming of Roddy White. That is not his skill set. He was brought in to provide stability and depth to the Falcons offense.
Sanu doesn’t have to be a superstar. Falcons have their share of offensive talent. Running back Devonta Freeman, receiver Justin Hardy, tight end Jacob Tamme, and the drafting of tight end Austin Hooper….leaves the Falcons in much better shape than last.
I have one major concern….. KYLE SHANAHAN!
Reporters questioned Shanahan about him not spreading the ball around. Particularly Roddy White. He then stated in a press conference, his only concern was to find ways to get Julio Jones the ball. Something I totally disagree with…
Should this DUMB trend continue or Shanahan’s ego gets the best of him. Falcons may have wasted 32 million dollars. So let’s hope DOOFUS (I mean Kyle) Shanahan has learned from last years struggle and fully utilizes Sanu.
What are your thoughts Falcons Fans? What will Mohamed Sanu’s role be in the Falcons offense?
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