New England Patriots

Sep 8, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) runs after a catch during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Ben Ludeman/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

The Patriots decided to finally make a move for some additional help for quarterback Tom Brady, as they’ve acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a second-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sanu, who celebrated his 30th birthday in August, will come to the Patriots having caught 33 of his 42 targets for 313 yards and a score in seven games with the Falcons this season. It was just a year ago that Sanu, who broke into the league with the Bengals in 2012, set a career-high with 838 receiving yards in 16 games with Atlanta.

The move to New England will also be a reunion of sorts for Sanu, as the 6-foot-2 wideout will reunite with Rutgers teammates Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Duron Harmon, and Patriots assistant Steve Belichick in New England.

The Patriots now have seven wideouts on the roster with Sanu joining a cast featuring Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, and wideout-in-title-alone Matthew Slater. 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry is also working his way off the injured reserve and could return in the coming weeks. It’s a crowded group, sure, but there’s no doubt that Sanu will help ease the burden on what’s been a battered group, with Edelman playing through a chest injury, Dorsett playing through a hamstring ailment, and with Gordon missing Monday’s game due to knee and ankle injuries.

Sanu may be more than a short-term fix for the Pats, too, as he’s on the hook for $6.5 million cap hit in 2020.

The Patriots, fresh off a 33-0 win over the Jets, will host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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