|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 211 lb.|
|Born:||August 22, 1989|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 3 (83)|
Sanu (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason surgery, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports. "[Sanu]'s probably faster, quicker, leaner and in better shape now than prior to the surgery," said 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."
Analysis: 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 no longer has a cast or boot on his surgically repaired ankle, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: 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, albeit with 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 Pats' 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's upcoming 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: In 15 games this season (seven with the Falcons and eight with the Patriots), Sanu combined for 59 catches 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: On the plus side, Sanu's snap count increased for the second straight game, as he moves past the ankle issue that sidelined him in 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.
Analysis: 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) listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
Analysis: Sanu has logged three straight quiet fantasy efforts since hauling in 10 passes for 81 yards and a TD in the Patriots' Week 9 loss to the Ravens, but assuming he's active Sunday, which seems likely, the veteran pass-catcher will look to take advantage of what looks like a solid Week 15 matchup. Specifically, he'd take aim at the 1-12 Bengals, the team that drafted Sanu in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Sanu (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Sanu, who continues to manage an ankle injury, figures to suit up Sunday against the Bengals, barring any setbacks. He's logged three straight quiet efforts since recording a 10-81-1 stat line in Week 9's loss to the Ravens, but Sanu's Week 15 matchup against 1-12 Cincinnati -- the team that drafted him in 2012 -- looks favorable.
Sanu logged 39 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
The Patriots list Sanu (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: While Sanu is likely to receive the green light to play for the second week in a row, it's worth noting that he didn't advance beyond limited participation in practices Wednesday through Friday. The lack of a full session makes it uncertain whether Sanu will be cleared to handle a sizable workload against the Chiefs or if he'll be subject to another "pitch count" of sorts like he was in the Week 13 loss to the Texans, when he played just 22 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps. At the very least, Sanu's fantasy owners should at least get confirmation that he'll play when the Patriots release their inactive list around 2:55 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Sanu (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday.
Analysis: The same goes for Julian Edelman (shoulder), though we'd expect both to play Sunday against the Chiefs, even in the plausible scenario that both receivers approach the contest listed as questionable.
Sanu (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: In his return from a one-game absence due to his ankle injury, Sanu logged 19 of a possible 87 snaps on offense in this pat Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route catching three of his five targets for 14 yards. In the absence of any setbacks, we'd expect Sanu to suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, but until he gets a full game in post-injury, his volume will be tough to project.
Sanu (ankle) was on the field for 19 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route to catching three of his five targets for 14 yards.
Analysis: In his return from missing one game with an ankle injury, Sanu was out-snapped by Julian Edlelman (80), Phillip Dorsett (62), Jakobi Meyers (61) and N'Keal Harry (22). Sanu's workload figures to pick up in the coming weeks, barring any setbacks with his ankle, but he'll be a hit-or-miss option until he's closer to 100 percent.
Sanu (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Texans.
Analysis: He'll return from a one-game absence, as will Phillip Dorsett (concussion), which sets the stage for the Patriots to roll out a Week 13 wide receiver corps featuring Julian Edlelman (shoulder), Sanu, Dorsett, N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers. We'll have to see how Sanu's ankle holds up Sunday, plus he'll have competition for targets, but he's out there for those who waited things out on him this weekend despite New England's late kickoff.
Sanu (ankle) who is listed as questionable for Sunday's prime-time contest against the Texans, was able to travel with the team to Houston, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While it's unlikely we'll know Sanu or Phillip Dorsett's (concussion) status much before Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, it's certainly positive news both wide receivers were able to make the trip to Houston with the team. More information regarding the status of both Sanu and Dorsett might emerge throughout the lead up to Sunday's pivotal prime-time contest.
Sanu (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Texans after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
Analysis: Both Sanu and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) seem to be trending trending in the right direction in advance of Sunday night's 8:20 ET kickoff, but those considering Sanu in Week 13 lineups will want to monitor his situation leading up to game-time in the hopes that positive reports regarding his availability surface prior to the first wave of kickoffs this weekend.
Sanu (ankle) remained limited at practice Thursday, Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sanu and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) are both trending in the right direction as Sunday night's game against the Texans approaches, but it still seems likely that both will approach the contest with an official "questionable" injury designation.
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