Sanu hauled in his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 36-9 win over the Giants.
Sanu wasn't targeted in his debut with the 49ers in Week 2, so this was a step in the right direction. The veteran wideout is currently fourth on the wide receiver depth chart, and he could fall out of the rotation entirely if Deebo Samuel (foot) is able to return when eligible against the Eagles on Sunday. Even if he sticks as one of the four active wideouts this week, Sanu shouldn't be considered a fantasy asset in his current role.
Sanu wasn't targeted over 13 offensive snaps in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets.
Although Sanu has experience in head coach Kyle Shanahan's system, the 49ers have opted to ease him into action, as he finished fourth among the team's wideouts in snaps. His role could bump up in Week 3 against the Giants, but there are a ton of pass-catching options for either Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) or Nick Mullens to throw to, so don't expect fireworks out of the 31-year-old Sanu.
Sanu is expected to make his 49ers debut Sunday in San Francisco's road game against the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Though he's been with the 49ers for less than a week, Sanu's familiarity with head coach Kyle Shanahan's system from their time together in Atlanta likely allowed him to pick up San Francisco's playbook quickly. Shanahan hasn't indicated how sizable of a role Sanu will take on right away, but the Week 2 absences of top wideout Deebo Samuel (foot) and tight end George Kittle (knee) will leave plenty of targets up for grabs among the 49ers' pass-catching corps.
Sanu signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Tuesday, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
After being cut by the Patriots earlier in the month, Sanu watched Week 1 from home. However, the 49ers are bringing him in to patch up their injury-riddled receiver corps. The 31-year-old Sanu posted 59 receptions for 520 yards and two scores over 15 games last season between the Falcons and Patriots, and he'll have an opportunity to make an immediate impact with the 49ers since WR Deebo Samuel (foot) is on IR and TE George Kittle is dealing with a sprained knee. Sanu has familiarity with Kyle Shanahan's system from their time together in Atlanta, so he could have a role right away in Sunday's matchup versus the Jets.
The Patriots plan to release Sanu, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the move won't show up on Wednesday's transaction wire, which opens up the slight possibility that a trade could happen. In any even, the Patriots are moving on from the veteran wideout, who "lacked speed in [training] camp, according to Doug Kyed of NESN.com. Sanu's release likely paves the way for N'Keal Harry to get more targets, but it's possible that the team will also look to add wideout depth in the coming days.
Sanu could be "hard-pressed" to make the Patriots' Week 1 roster, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Reiss cites Sanu's $6.5 million salary as the main reason the wideout's spot on the roster is dicey, especially after he struggled to fit in with New England when he came over in a trade with the Falcons last October. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald notes that while Sanu "still can't separate," he has established some chemistry with new quarterback Cam Newton. At this point, Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry are the only roster locks among New England's wideout corps. It's worth noting that Sanu was hampered by an ankle injury during his time with New England last season, so the team may be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he can offer on the field now that he's feeling healthy again.
Sanu (ankle) passed a physical Tuesday, causing the Patriots to activate the wide receiver from the active/PUP list, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Sanu underwent a procedure on his ankle in early March to address an injury that plagued him upon his arrival in New England from Atlanta last October. During nine games (including playoffs) with the Patriots, he accumulated 27 catches for 218 yards and one touchdown on 52 targets, which is a far cry from his typical efficiency metrics. In three-plus seasons with the Falcons, Sanu posted a 71.9 percent catch rate and averaged 11.1 yards per reception. With the state of his ankle resolved, he can turn his focus to building a rapport with Cam Newton in the post-Tom Brady era.
The Patriots placed Sanu (ankle) on the active/PUP list Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Sanu gutted through an ankle injury in the second half of last season, undergoing surgery in early March to address the issue. By mid-May, he had shed his walking boot, and later his trainer Hilton Alexander noted Sanu was "probably faster, quicker, leaner and in better shape now than prior to the surgery," per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. With Tom Brady off to Tampa Bay, Sanu will be working with new signal-caller Cam Newton, once he proves that he's healthy.
Sanu (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason surgery, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "[Sanu]'s probably faster, quicker, leaner and in better shape now than prior to the surgery," said trainer Hilton Alexander, who is in his third offseason working with Sanu in Atlanta. "I would say he's way ahead of any doctor's knowledge or prediction where he would have been at this point."
Sanu injured his ankle in a Week 11 win over the Eagles, sitting out Week 12 before managing only 13 catches for 110 yards over his final six games (including playoffs). While he initially hoped rest would allow for a full recovery, Sanu ended up having ankle surgery in early March. It sounds like he's back to running, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a full participant once the Patriots are able to practice. Sanu will turn 31 in August and is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $6.5 million base salary in the final season of a five-year contract.
Sanu is no longer sporting a cast or boot on his surgically repaired ankle, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Making his way back from early March surgery, Sanu is now ready to begin the rehab process. He hurt his ankle in November during his third game with the Patriots, missing one contest and seeing limited playing time in three others. Sanu returned to a three-down role in mid-December, but he provided only eight catches for 72 yards on 18 targets over the final three weeks of the regular season. The Patriots gave up a second-round pick to acquire Sanu in an October trade with the Falcons, but that doesn't necessarily make him a lock for the 2020 roster, considering his $6.5 million base salary doesn't contain any guarantees (per OvertheCap.com). The team may want to discuss an extension or pay cut to reduce the cap hit for Sanu heading into his age-31 campaign.
Sanu is in line to undergo surgery to address issues related to a high ankle sprain that bothered him throughout the 2019 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Sanu's ankle woes no doubt contributed to his relatively modest production over 15 regular-season games (seven with the Falcons and eight with the Patriots) last year, with the veteran wideout finishing up with 59 catches on 89 targets for 520 yards and two TDs overall. A timetable for his return to full health hasn't been established, but given the timing of his anticipated procedure, he'll presumably be 100 percent well before the start of the 2020 campaign. Assuming his health, a key variable with regard to Sanu's fantasy prospects going forward is the status of QB Tom Brady, who is headed for free agency next month.
Sanu caught three of his five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Dolphins.
In 15 games this season (seven with the Falcons and eight with the Patriots), Sanu combined for 59 catches on 89 targets for 520 yards and two TDs. Since coming over from Atlanta in October in exchange for a second-round draft pick, Sanu's impact has been modest aside from the 10-81-1 stat line he logged in Week 9's loss to the Ravens. The 30-year-old -- who is under contract with New England through 2020 -- will look to pick up the pace in the postseason, while continuing to log starters' snaps in the team's offense.
Sanu caught three of five targets for 24 receiving yards and registered 17 yards on three punt returns during Saturday's 24-17 win against Buffalo.
The veteran Sanu provided momentary concern by fielding a highly contested, bouncing kick off the foot of Bills punter Corey Bojorquez, but he secured the ball and endured a hard hit to retain possession for New England. His other two return attempts yielded a respectable 17 yards, but his offensive role has been less than desirable for fantasy purposes. Since racking up 10 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in his second appearance as a Patriot Nov. 3 against Baltimore, Sanu has averaged a measly 2.2 receptions and 13.4 receiving yards per game over his past five outings. Sanu appears to be an unreliable option heading into Week 17, though a matchup against Miami's No. 24 pass defense offers better-than-average potential for a bounce-back performance.
Sanu (ankle) was on the field for 56 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to catching two of his eight targets for 13 yards.
On the plus side, Sanu's snap count increased for the second straight game, as he moves past the ankle issue that sidelined him Week 12. In fact, he led the team's wide receivers in that department, with Julian Edelman (40 snaps) limited by a knee issue. On the other hand, his production in a New England uniform has been modest, aside from a 10-81-1 stat line in Week 9's loss to the Ravens. He should produce more in the coming weeks, given his prominent role in the offense, but for now Sanu's chemistry with QB Tom Brady remains a work in progress.
Sanu (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Sanu has put up back-to-back quiet efforts since missing Week 12's win over Dallas with an ankle injury, but now that he's further removed from the issue, he'll look to up his production against the 1-12 Bengals -- the team that drafted him in 2012. New England's top pass catcher Julian Edelman is also active Sunday, but he's working through knee and shoulder issues, a context that could potentially lead to Sanu seeing some extra looks in Week 15.
Sanu (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
Sanu has logged three straight quiet efforts since hauling in 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 9 loss to the Ravens. Assuming he's active Sunday -- which seems likely -- the veteran receiver will look to take advantage of what looks like a solid Week 15 matchup. Specifically, Sanu will take aim at the 1-12 Bengals, the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Sanu (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Sanu continues to manage a nagging ankle injury, though he'll likely be ready to suit up Sunday against the Bengals, barring any setbacks in the Patriots' next two practices. Since nabbing 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in a Week 9 loss to the Ravens, Sanu has logged three straight quiet efforts in a row. The matchup with the 1-12 Bengals -- the team that drafted him in 2012 -- at least looks favorable on the surface.
Sanu logged 39 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.
In the process, Sanu caught his only target for 13 yards, his third straight quiet outing since recording a 10-81-1 stat line in Week 9's loss to the Ravens. The wideout will look to bounce back this coming Sunday in a favorable matchup against 1-12 Cincinnati, the team that drafted him in 2012.
Sanu (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
In his return from missing one game due to an ankle injury, Sanu was on the field for 19 of a possible 87 offensive snaps in last Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route to hauling in three catches (on five targets) for 14 yards. Now further removed from his absence, Sanu's workload figures to pick up in the coming weeks, but he'll be a hit-or-miss fantasy option until he gets a full and productive game in.
Sanu (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
As anticipated, Sanu is expected to play through the ankle issue for the second consecutive contest, though the extent of his role in the Patriots' game plan is more of a mystery. After sitting out the Week 12 win over Dallas, Sanu returned to play only 22 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week 13 loss to the Texans. Sanu didn't practice on anything more than a limited basis this week, making it difficult to project just how much of an increase in snaps he'll receive.
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