Reporter: Mohamed Sanu will not make Patriots 2020 roster

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Mohamed Sanu is in danger of failing to make the 2020 New England Patriots roster, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. He left Sanu off of his projections for the final 53-man roster.

Besides leaving Sanu off the roster, the veteran reporter also left off Jakobi Meyers off of the roster. Instead, he believes that the Patriots will keep Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski, and Devin Ross behind starters Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry.

Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is tackled by Robert McClain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mohamed Sanu is tackled by Robert McClain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by the Associated Press/Chris O’Meara)

Last season in a mid-season trade, the Patriots gave up a second-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons to acquire Sanu. However, as Reiss says, “it was a major whiff by Bill Belichick.”

Following the trade, he got hurt as the Patriots were hoping that he would improve their wide receiver core. In the off-season, Sanu had ankle surgery – and, according to Reiss, ‘appears to lost the little effectiveness that he previously had.’

If this does come true, this means that Sanu could potentially be released before the 2020 NFL rosters have to be locked in this weekend, or he’ll be traded if there’s interest from other teams.

Sanu is due $6.5 million for the 2020 season in the final year of his contract. However, if they cut ties with him, the team saves $6.5 million in cap savings.

The 31-year-old New Brunswick, New Jersey native made eight appearances, including six starts with the Patriots following the trade. He had 26 receptions for 207 yards and one touchdown.

With the Falcons, he appeared in seven games, including six starts. He had 33 receptions for 313 yards and a touchdown.

In his career, Sanu has made 118 appearances, including 92 starts. He has 403 receptions for 4,507 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Sanu has not had more than 838 receiving yards during a season, which came during the 2018 season. Only three times in his career has he surpassed 700 yards, which came in 2014 with the Cincinnati Bengals when he had 790 yards, 2017 when he had 703 yards with the Falcons and the aforementioned career season in 2018.

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