The New England Patriots made a surprise splash yesterday with the acquisition of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Ahead of their Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns, the Patriots have given Mohamed Sanu his jersey number.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Sanu has been issued the No. 14 jersey. He wore No. 12 with the Falcons, but won’t get that number back for obvious reasons.
New England gave Atlanta a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for the former Rutgers star. The Patriots are dealing with all kinds of injuries on offense, and wanted more weapons for Tom Brady.
In addition, newly-signed special teams player Justin Bethel was issued No. 29.
For those updating Patriots rosters at home, WR Mohamed Sanu has been issued No. 14 and CB Justin Bethel gets No. 29.
Sanu had been 12 in Atlanta, but that isn’t available in New England — and never will be again. #knowyournumbers
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 23, 2019
Sanu has proven to be a durable, serviceable player throughout his eight-year career. He’s missed only 11 games as a pro.
The 30-year-old wideout has 377 career receptions for 4,300 yards and 25 touchdowns as a pro.
Sanu represents almost exactly the kind of durable, sure-handed player that the Patriots prefer.
It certainly didn’t hurt Sanu’s resume that was a Rutgers alum. Bill Belichick has often showed a fondness for players who came out of the program.
He even mentioned how often he watches the Scarlet Knights during his press conference today.
Bill Belichick on Mohamed Sanu: "We go way back." 😐@MikeReiss: "Seriously?"
Belichick: "Yeah. We saw everybody at Rutgers." 🙂
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) October 23, 2019
Sanu will likely make his debut this weekend against the Cleveland Browns in Foxborough.
Will he make an impact for his new team?