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After improving their record to 7-0 on Monday night
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Color Rush Kendarius Webster Jersey , the New England Patriots added depth to their offense on Tuesday morning: the team reportedly acquired veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons via trade, sending a second-round draft pick to the 1-6 NFC South team. The move adds another piece to the Patriots’ offensive puzzle, so let’s take a closer look at what it means for the unit and the club as a whole.Sanu is not a short-term rentalThe Falcons signed Sanu to a five-year, $32.5 million contract in 2016, when he hit free agency after four years with the Cincinnati Bengals. This means that he is not just under contract for the 2019 season, but also in 2020 when the veteran receiver is scheduled to hit New England’s books with a salary cap number of $6.0 million — a comparatively hefty number that might get addressed in the upcoming weeks and months.Ultimately, however, the contract shows that the Patriots did not rent Sanu and his $3.53 million cap hit this year for the short term but that he rather will be in the team’s plans beyond the 2019 season as well.New England adds a versatile and reliable player...Even though the Patriots already had Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett II in the fold alongside some developmental youngsters, they apparently felt the need to add more depth to their wide receiver position. Sanu will provide just that, and a lot more considering that he is a versatile and reliable receiver as Dave Choate, editor in chief at The Falcoholic, told Pats Pulpit shortly after the trade was initially reported.“Sanu was a great addition to this Falcons team because he’s so versatile and because his excellent hands made him a reliable chain mover,” Dave said about the 30-year-old. “He has a 70%-plus catch rate in Atlanta, saw time throwing the ball, running the ball, and on returns, and was one of the team’s most reliable and fearless third down options. Simply put, he can do whatever you need him to do and at a high level.”“Sanu is not a deep threat Youth Kendarius Webster Jersey , but he’ll give Brady a hyper-reliable option and will be an asset for the ground game because of his blocking ability. It’s a good get for the Patriots, even if I’m surprised by the price,” continued Dave when speaking about Sanu — a player that has worn numerous hats for Atlanta so far this season as a look at his alignment distribution shows (via Pro Football Focus)Shockn top of it all, Sanu also has experience as a quarterback after having played the position in high school. In his seven-and-a-half seasons in the NFL, the former third-round draft pick completed seven of eight pass attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns. In this sense, he fits in well alongside Patriots wide receivers Julian Edelman (college quarterback) and Jakobi Meyers (college quarterback commit).Why did the Falcons trade Mohamed Sanu?“The Falcons will miss Mohamed Sanu, a heart and soul guy who also happened to be a damn fine player. [...] For the Falcons, it’s a rebuilding move. Sanu was likely to be a cap casualty next year because this team has Julio, Calvin Ridley, and promising second year receiver Russell Gage. The pick helps them hopefully get back on their feet in 2020, likely under a new coach.” — Dave Choate, The Falcoholic...and a proven commodity at wide receiverAs noted above, Sanu is in his third season in the league and brings considerable experience to the table: he has appeared in a combined 118 regular season and playoff games for the Falcons and the Bengals, and has 402 career receptions on his résumé for 4,607 yards as well as 27 touchdowns — all while regularly being handed the football off as well. In short, he has seen a lot in the NFL.In New England, it would not be a surprise if the Patriots opted to regularly use the 6-foot-2 wideout from the slot. This, in turn, would allow Julian Edelman to see more time split out wide as a Z-receiver as opposed to the pure slot role he increasingly played over the last two seasons when compared to his pre-ACL injury usage.The Patriots finally get their manAccording to ESPN’s Adam Schefter Womens Kendarius Webster Jersey , the Patriots have been trying to get Sanu since before the draft and with the Falcons’ season pretty much unsalvageable at 1-6 they finally were able to bring him in. Seeing the team add the veteran is therefore not surprising — especially when also considering how highly New England head coach Bill Belichick spoke about the Rutgers product ahead of Super Bowl 51.“He’s big, he’s tough, he’s got great hands; tremendous hands. He has a great catch radius. He catches everything. He’s a tough blocker. He’s hard to tackle. He’s an explosive player,” said Belichick back in early 2017. Now all the attributes the future Hall of Famer listed will be added to an offense that has seen plenty of turnover at the wide receiver position going back all the way back to the 2018 offseason.The team will need to make a subsequent roster moveAdding Sanu to the 53-man roster means that the team will need to part ways with one of the players currently on it. Depth options such as offensive lineman Korey Cunningham or tight end Eric Tomlinson are obvious candidates, as is defensive lineman Michael Bennett who is just coming off a one-week suspension for contract detrimental to the team. Of course, thePatriots could also opt to place a player on injured reserve.Heading into Monday night’s game against the New York Jets, the following players were declared inactive because of medical issues:Could the Patriots move one of the five men to IR, a move that is likely season-ending with starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn (toe) the odds-on favorite to be reactivated in a few weeks? It certainly seems possible at this point, especially with the added depth at wide receiver and the recent acquisitions at tight end.New England is still scheduled to have a lot of draft picks next yearWhile the Patriots traded away a second-round pick to bring Sanu on board, they still are projected to own considerable capital heading into next year’s college player selection meeting. Including the compensatory picks the team is expected to receive according to Over The Cap, it currently owns 12 selections:While the vast majority of picks is currently scheduled for day three of the draft, New England still owns plenty of selections and should be in a position to move around the board if it sees fit. Samuel could be a tremendous addition to New England’s offense."Despite some high-profile departures in free agency, the New England Patriots still have a talented roster in all three phases of the game. Offensively, however, one of the biggest question marks is the pass catching talent at wide receiver and tight end — especially with the retirement of future Hall of Famer Rob Gronkowski. Naturally, the two spots should be high up on the Patriots’ list of priorities entering the draft.One player to help address the current shortcomings is South Carolina wideout Deebo Samuel. Let’s take a closer look at a potential second-round pick that might very well be on New England’s radar.Name: Deebo SamuelPosition: Wide receiverSchool: South Carolina2018 stats: 12 games, 652 snaps, 98 targets, 62 receptions Authentic Kendarius Webster Jersey , 4 drops, 882 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns, 592 yards after the catchSize: 5113, 214 lbs, 10 hand size, 31 3/8 arm lengthCombine numbers: 4.48 40-yard dash, 15 bench press reps, 39 vertical jump, 122 broad jump, 7.03 3-cone drill, 4.14 20-yard shuttleOpening day age: 23Expected Round: Early 2ndStrengths: If you are looking for a polished route runner in this year’s draft, look no further than Deebo Samuel. The 23-year-old is terrific in this part of his game, as his short-area quickness and acceleration allow him to run a precise and complete route tree no matter the coverage he faces. He also knows how to sell different patterns to create separation. This in combination with a high football IQ and tremendous play recognition skills could help him build a quick rapport with a quarterback like Tom Brady.Samuel also is an exceptionally strong player, somewhat in the mold of Julian Edelman: he knows how to fight through tackles and generate yards after the catch. In 2018, for example, he generated 592 of his 882 receiving yards following the reception and his ability to fend off would-be tacklers is a big reason for that — as is his willingness to take a hit: Samuel does not shy away from contact. He also is one of the surest ball carriers to enter the draft this year.Finally, his versatility is also a major plus. Samuel, who also brings experience in the kicking game to the table Kendarius Webster Jersey Boys , has been used all over the place at South Carolina and projects to be moved around the formation quite a bit in the NFL as well. He has the quickness to effectively work the slot as well as the short and intermediate areas or in the screen game, but also possesses the straight-line speed to occasionally challenge defenses deep. Weaknesses: While Samuel is well-built for a middle-of-the-field receiver, his injury history can be seen as a red flag. In 2016, he dealt with a hamstring injury before a broken fibula limited him to only three games during his 2017 junior season. While neither injury should be enough to take him off a team’s draft board — too big is his upside — his durability can certainly be classified as a slight concern.Furthermore, Samuel is not the best run blocker in this year’s receiving class — an integral part of New England’s wide receiver roles. While he is a generally strong and physical player, his technique needs to be worked on. Nothing that can be corrected, but something that was not always up to his otherwise high level of performance in college.What would be his role? Given his skill set, Samuel looks like he could fill the Z-receiver role in New England’s offensive system: playing off the line of scrimmage and being moved around the formation pre-snap. In that sense, he could turn into a Chris Hogan/Danny Amendola hybrid in New England. Of course, his versatility would allow him to be lined up in numerous spots across the formation — from classical slot receiver to perimeter target.How many downs can he play? Four, although his offensive usage early on in his career might be more limited to certain packages and situations depending on how the Patriots plan to use their skill position talent.What is his special teams value? While Samuel stood out as a wide receiver at South Carolina, the Gamecocks also used him as a returnman. In his role a kickoff returner, he ran back 23 kicks for 570 yards (24.8 yards per return) and 1 touchdown. It would not be surprising to see Samuel take over the role previously held by free agency departure Cordarrelle Patterson.Does he have positional versatility? As noted above, Samuel has the abilities to serve as a Z-receiver in New England that could line up both in the slot and on the perimeter. Due to his relative lack of height, however, he projects to see more snaps in the middle of the field than on the boundary. In 2018, he lined up in the slot on 70 of South Carolina’s snaps and finished with respectable numbers: Samuel caught 27 of his 34 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns.Will his role change from year 1 to year 2? The sooner Tom Brady develops confidence in the rookie, the sooner his role within New England’s offense will grow. Between years one and two, however Infant Chase Winovich Jersey , a serious spike should be expected with both Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett scheduled to enter free agency. While at least one of the two (Edelman, unless he retires) will likely be brought back, Samuel could fully take over the role of the other.Which current Patriots will he have to beat out? With Julian Edelman penciled in as a starter in New England’s offense, Samuel will likely fight for the second and third wide receiver role. His main competition — at least at this point in time — project to be Phillip Dorsett, who was re-signed by New England as a free agent, and Bruce Ellington. Josh Gordon returning from his indefinite suspension would obviously change the whole picture, though, and bump Samuel down to the third/fourth spot on the depth chart.Why the Patriots? New England needs more affordable talent at the receiving positions and Samuel would offer just that, especially considering that he brings plenty of the traits to the table that the team likes in its wide receivers: his excellent route-running and football intelligence, positional versatility (even beyond the offense), and ability to create yards after the catch all make him a potential target for the team with one of its early second-round picks.Why not the Patriots? As intriguing a player as Samuel is, the Patriots already have two experienced options to fill the Z-role in Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett. Edelman is not getting any younger, but New England might opt to wait until next year to address the more pressing need at boundary receiver in 2018. That in combination with Samuel’s injury history could make the team look elsewhere for wide receiver help early on in the draft.Verdict: Deebo Samuel looks like the prototypical Patriots wide receiver. As such, the club will certainly have him on its radar to invest in the second round. And even though it already has some talent on the roster that virtually play the same role, New England always finds ways to get its best players onto the field — Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett being under contract will therefore likely not shy the team away from investing. If Samuel is available at #56 or in trade-up range, it would not be surprising to see the world champs pull the trigger.
 
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