This is going to be an interesting year for Patriots wide receivers. We know Julian Edelman will get his touches from Cam Newton, who was named starting quarterback AND team captain today. We’re unsure of how guys like N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers will do in year two. But now, we know the Patriots plan to move forward without veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The Patriots officially released Sanu Thursday.
The #Patriots release of WR Mohamed Sanu is now official. All in all, New England gave up a 2nd round pick to Atlanta for Sanu, which Atlanta then traded to Baltimore for Hayden Hurst. Baltimore then used that pick on JK Dobbins.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 3, 2020
The 2nd Round Pick
Remember, the Patriots gave up a 2nd round pick in exchange for Sanu. This was seen as a lot for a veteran wide receiver. Sanu had a good first game against the Ravens. But once he hurt himself against the Eagles, his production was never the same. Look at what happened after the Patriots traded away the 2nd round pick. Baltimore traded away Hayden Hurst for the pick and then used it to draft JK Dobbins. The Patriots? They lost a pick and a potentially productive receiver. Not great if you’re Bill Belichick!
Where Does the Receiving Core Goes From Here?
Honestly, I have no idea. You better hope that guys like Harry, Meyers, Gunner Olszewski or Damiere Byrd step up. Maybe you try to bring back an old friend in Demaryius Thomas? But this core is so thin as it is at the moment. Unless you plan on being a primarily running team, you need somebody else with these receivers.
It’s not a surprise that Sanu was cut. But I was really looking forward to seeing Sanu as a healthy wide receiver for an entire season. I think he still can help this Patriots team. But it is what it is and the Patriots need to move on. They have Miami in nine days and that’s a game you need to win to start a new era off on the right track.
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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)