We By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Even if Tom Brady were allowed to give No. 12 to Mohamed Sanu, there's no chance anyone else ever wears that number again in New England. But it does make for a good ice-breaker.
Sanu spoke to reporters in Foxborough for the first time as a member of the Patriots on Friday. He and Brady seemed as excited as a quarterback and receiver have ever sounded about working together. Brady said he found it easy to forge a connection with the veteran receiver because of the edge he plays with.
"He brings a lot of juice, so it's good to have," said Brady about Sanu. "It's good to see someone that's competitive. If you watch him play, he plays with an attitude. He's got a little chip on his shoulder, too, so I think we can relate to each other. And he can relate to a guy like Julian [Edelman], because he was often overlooked in his career, and I think he plays that way."
Sanu himself is, obviously, just impressed with Brady from watching him play throughout his career.
"I mean, it's pretty cool to hear that from the greatest quarterback to play the game," said Sanu when told about Brady's excitement to work with him. "And that's not just me saying it, watching it from afar for a long time. And I would think everybody would agree."
Sanu also said Brady jokingly offered him No. 12 when the QB first started communicating with his newest weapon.
"[Brady] DM'd me when I when I first got traded and said 'Welcome' and everything like that, how's he's excited," said Sanu. "And then he said if I wanted 12, you know, I can get it. I was like, 'Nah, I'm good, I'm good with that. You got that. I'll change to 14.'"
But would he ever try to push for 12?
"Nooo, I just go out there and I do my job and let him be great."
Brady and Sanu appear likely to get their first snaps together this Sunday, when the Patriots take on the Browns.
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