New England Patriots

Mohamed Sanu of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against Captain Munnerlyn of the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Mohamed Sanu is officially a Patriot, but it’s unknown whether he’ll be thrown right into the lineup on Sunday against the Browns.

There’s recent precedent that suggests he’s not a lock to play. The Patriots acquired Josh Gordon from the Browns during Week 3 of last season, but didn’t play him until Week 4.

Would the fact that the Pats sent a second-round pick to the Falcons for Sanu, rather than swap low picks like they did for Gordon, factor into Bill Belichick’s decision? It’s unlikely that trade compensation matter at all for a coach’s evaluation of whether he wants to put a particular player on the field. But Sanu certainly has enough experience that he could be thrust into the lineup right away, much like Antonio Brown was in Week 2.

When asked if he’ll play against the Browns, Sanu told ESPN’s Josina Anderson: “We’ll see what the plan is. I’m ready if they want me to go.” He added that he knew several teams were trying to acquire him in the days leading up to the Patriots landing him in a trade with Atlanta.

Belichick described Sanu as “a very experienced receiver” who has “had a lot of production” in his career. Sanu acknowledged to Anderson that he’s trying to get up to speed, but his 110 games of experience likely give him an advantage toward getting right on the field for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Sanu was spotted during the media availability portion of Patriots practice on Wednesday. He will wear No. 14, since 12 was unavailable and never will be for obvious reasons.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at