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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu #14 of the New England Patriots scores a second quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Mohamed Sanu has finally found his post-Patriots landing spot, and it’s out in San Francisco as a 49er, his agent confirmed Tuesday night.

Acquired from the Falcons prior to the 2019 trade deadline, Sanu spent eight games with New England last season, and amassed 26 catches on 47 targets for 207 yards and a touchdown, and caught just one pass for 11 yards in New England’s wild card round loss to the Tennessee Titans. Sanu was derailed by an ankle injury early into his Patriot run, and though he tried to play through it, the ailment severely limited his ability and required offseason surgery.

From there, Sanu tried to work his way back into the Patriots’ plans by getting a head start on offseason workouts with Cam Newton, but it ultimately wasn’t enough, with Sanu released on Sept. 3.

“Just one of those things that just didn’t work out,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of the Sanu release. “I have a lot of respect for Mo, but ultimately things just didn’t work out.

“I think he tried very hard, I think we tried hard. I don’t think it was anybody’s fault or anything like that. It was just one of those situations that just didn’t work out as well as anyone hoped it would have when the transaction was made.”

But in San Fran, Sanu will get a fresh start under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who served as Sanu’s offensive coordinator with the Falcons during the 2016 campaign. That was Sanu’s first of three and a half seasons with the Falcons, and featured 59 catches, 653 yards, and four touchdowns from the 6-foot-2 wideout.

He will also be paired with ex-Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to the Cardinals, but finds himself in need of some additional weapons with Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel currently on the shelf with injuries.

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