FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have acquired veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a second-round draft pick, league sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Sanu gives the Patriots an inside target, especially on third down, that will help take pressure off top target Julian Edelman. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sanu is in his eighth season and has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown this season.
With Edelman (ribs), fellow starter Josh Gordon (knee) and No. 3 target Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) all on the injury report in recent weeks, Sanu provides veteran insurance at a position where the Patriots are still adjusting following the release of Antonio Brown in September.
Undrafted free agents Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski have helped fill some of that void, but now high expectations on them will lessen. First-round draft pick N’Keal Harry is also eligible to return from injured reserve for the team’s Nov. 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Patriots have long had an affinity for Sanu, who played in college at Rutgers alongside current Patriots defensive backs Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, and entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals. The club had been trying to trade for Sanu since before the draft, according to Schefter.
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