Sanu caught three balls for 50 yards in Saturday's 15-10 loss to the Eagles in the divisional round. Sanu only saw five targets on a day where a whopping 16 targets went to Julio Jones. Sanu's 67 receptions on the year were a personal best, and his five touchdowns tied his career high, but it was hardly a breakout season for the sixth-year receiver. He's under contract for three more years, and as of now there's little reason for a big change in his expected production in 2018.
Sanu (knee) will be available for Saturday's divisional-round contest at Philadelphia, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The Falcons held back Sanu in each practice this week, terming him a limited participant along the way. No matter, he joined his fellow injured teammates and was cleared entirely for the second round of the postseason. There's a fair chance Sanu will be able to make headway Saturday against the Eagles defense, which conceded 150.6 receiving yards per game and eight touchdowns to wide receivers over the final five outings of the regular season.
Sanu (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. A knee injury has flared up a few times in the past month, but Sanu has never received less than a limited designation on a given report over the last four weeks. Strangely enough, his yardage has increased in each of those contests, a span in which he's gathered in 17 of 30 passes for 200 yards and no touchdowns. Assuming he sidesteps the knee issue yet again, he'll attempt to continue the trend Saturday against the Eagles' 17th-ranked pass defense.
Sanu caught four passes for 75 yards in Saturday's 26-13 playoff win over the Rams. Sanu was targeted eight times on the day, but outside of a 52-yard reception it was a relatively quiet performance. He and the Falcons head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, the NFC's top seed, in the divisional round.
Sanu brought in seven of 11 targets for 71 yards and netted zero yards on his sole rush in Sunday's 22-10 win over the Panthers. The veteran receiver drew even with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman with the team lead in targets, and he was second only to the latter in receptions. Sanu also had an apparent third-quarter touchdown taken away on replay review, as it was determined that he did not maintain control of a 12-yard catch following a collision with Jones in the end zone. Sanu heads into next Saturday's NFC wild-card battle against the Rams having tallied a career best in receptions (67) while also having equaled a career high in touchdowns (five) in 2017.
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