Sanu said the transition to Dirk Koetter at offensive coordinator has been smooth, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Koetter held the same role in Atlanta from 2012 to 2014, leaving for Tampa Bay one year before Sanu signed with the Falcons. General manager Thomas Dimitroff focused on improving his offensive line during the offseason, allowing running back Tevin Coleman to leave for San Francisco and adding minimum competition at the skill positions. Sanu is locked in for a top-three role at wide receiver in a prolific passing attack, but it's only reasonable to assume that the Falcons want to shift some targets away from the 29-year-old and toward Calvin Ridley. Sanu held a 94-92 advantage over the rookie last season, with both players narrowly edging out tight end Austin Hooper (88).
Sanu brought in seven of 10 targets for 90 yards, rushed once for two yards and also threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ryan on his only attempt in the Falcons' 34-32 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.
The veteran receiver closed out a strong 2018 in fine fashion, even showing off his skills as a passer with his five-yard strike to Ryan early in the third quarter. Sanu tallied between five and seven grabs in three of his last four games, and he posted a total of 171 receiving yards combined over the last two contests of the campaign. Sanu fell just one catch shy of equaling his career best of 67 that he established in 2017, but he did manage a new high-water mark in receiving yardage (838). The Rutgers product will look to once again serve as a strong complementary pass-catching option in 2019, although he'll likely be hard-pressed to hold off impressive rookie Calvin Ridley for the No. 2 receiver job.
Sanu caught five of eight targets for 81 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers. He also gained 29 yards on two carries.
Sanu led the team in targets and catches while finishing second in receiving yardage. He was having a rather modest game mid way through the fourth quarter, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a 44-yard touchdown catch to cap off the scoring. There is some speculation that Julio Jones may still be dealing with effects from his recent hip injury, which could see Sanu shoulder a larger load next Sunday in the season finale against the Buccaneers.
Sanu corralled three of six targets for 30 receiving yards, adding one rush for 11 yards during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Cardinals.
The veteran wideout recorded at least three receptions for the seventh straight game, but he's averaged fewer than 50 receiving yards per contest with zero touchdowns during that span (eight-game scoreless streak overall). Sanu has garnered a sturdy enough share of the Falcons wide receiver targets to merit flex consideration in deeper leagues, but he hasn't finished top-25 at the position in PPR or standard scoring since Week 5. Upcoming in Week 16 is a chance for Sanu to buck that trend, opposing a Panthers defense that ranks bottom-10 with 7.9 yards allowed per attempt this season, and bottom-five with 28 passing touchdowns against.
Sanu corralled six of eight targets, compiling 54 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-20 loss to Green Bay.
Sanu provided a signature performance Sunday in the Falcons' trip to Lambeau Field, finishing right at his season average in receiving yardage (49 YPG) while logging between three and six receptions for the sixth straight game. He's merited consistent flex consideration in PPR formats, but a lack of downfield explosiveness and a seven-game scoring drought severely cap his relevance in standard scoring. Week 15 brings a matchup against a Cardinals defense that's been more than serviceable in containing opposing wideouts this year, allowing 12 touchdown catches and 1,889 receiving yards to the position (among NFL's 10 best teams in both categories).
Sanu hauled in three of four targets, accounting for 37 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Ravens.
Sanu has been a prototypical high-floor, low-ceiling option in fantasy this year, just as he has been for the majority of his career: four times exceeding 75 catches, but never accounting for more than 790 receiving yards across six prior seasons as a pro. In 2018, he's recorded four or more catches in eight of 12 appearances, but he's only gone over 75 receiving yards once. Sanu's early-season scoring spree is now a distant memory, further inhibiting the veteran wideout's upside. Sanu has gone six straight games without logging a touchdown, after accounting for three through the Falcons' first six outings. Week 14 presents a significant opportunity to get back into the end zone as Atlanta faces a Packers defense that's allowed 17 wide receiver touchdowns this year, tied for the third most.
Sanu caught all four of his targets, accounting for 74 receiving yards, during Thursday's 31-17 loss to the Saints.
Sanu keeps churning out respectable PPR production, with at least four receptions and 45 receiving yards in four straight outings. (He achieved that same feat just twice over the first seven weeks of the season.) The seven-year veteran has been a high-floor flex play, but offers limited upside of late, having gone five straight games without getting into the end zone after scoring three times through Week 6. An upcoming matchup against Baltimore is nothing to get optimistic about, with the Ravens allowing the second-fewest yards (1,339) and the eighth-fewest touchdowns (nine) to wide receivers in 2018.
Sanu caught four of six targets, compiling 56 receiving yards during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
The veteran wideout now has four or more catches in three straight outings, but he's been held scoreless and has fewer than 50 receiving yards per game over that span. Since Week 6, Sanu ranks behind Calvin Ridley in receptions (18 to 20), targets (23 to 27) and yards (215 to 230). while Julio Jones has dominated the target share and overall production (39 receptions on 56 targets for 594 yards). Sanu has an opportunity to boom on Thanksgiving, when the Falcons travel to take on New Orleans and a Saints defense that entered the weekend tied for the seventh-most wide receiver catches allowed this year (138).
Sanu (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
After being limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday, Sanu progressed to full participation Friday, thus paving the way for him to remain available this weekend. The presence of fellow receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley limits Sanu's fantasy ceiling to a degree, but he's been serviceable of late in PPR formats in his slot role. Sanu has logged 10 catches for 92 yards on 13 targets over his last two outings.
Sanu (hip) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Sanu has maintained the same activity level in practice this week, but the hip issue in question hasn't impacted his ability to play on gameday this season. Aside from a two-game stretch Weeks 4 and 5 in which he hauled in 10 of 16 passes for 184 yards and one touchdown, he accounted for 24 catches for 232 yards and two TDs in the Falcons' seven other contests.
Sanu (hip) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Sanu has become a consistent presence on the injury report thanks to the hip issue, but he's played at least 33 snaps in every game this season, including a season-high 70 during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns. His expanded workload (eight targets) was largely a product of the Falcons playing from behind, though Calvin Ridley (five targets on 53 snaps) didn't benefit in the same way. A Week 11 matchup with the Cowboys appears less than optimal, as only the Lions have given up fewer receptions (96) to wide receivers this season.
Sanu corralled six of eight targets, compiling 47 yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
On the Falcons' opening drive of the second half, Sanu carelessly extended the ball in an attempt to collect extra yardage, but the ball came loose and cornerback T.J. Carrie recovered a fumble that led to a Browns touchdown six plays later. The veteran wideout had momentarily shed his possession receiver persona by averaging 16.4 yards per catch between Weeks 4 and 9, but he put forth a more representative performance against Cleveland with an efficient catch rate of 75 percent but unexplosive production in terms of yardage (7.8 YPC). Atlanta's next opponent presents a challenging matchup for Sanu. The Cowboys rank among the NFL's five best teams in catches (96), yards (1,296) and touchdowns (six) surrendered to wide receivers this season.
Sanu (hip) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game at Cleveland.
Sanu will continue to play through a nagging hip injury after catching four of five targets for 45 yards in last week's 38-14 win over Washington. The red-hot Atlanta offense draws another tricky road matchup, but the bigger concern for Sanu is a lack of opportunities in an offense that also features Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Austin Hooper, Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith.
Sanu (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The Falcons had all members of the 53-man roster on the field in some capacity Thursday, as the lone two non-participants in the team's first practice of Week 10 -- Sanu and kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring) -- both advanced to limited work. Sanu has been nursing the hip injury since early October, but he has yet to miss game action as a result. He should be ready to handle his usual snap count by the time Sunday's game against the Browns arrives.
Sanu (hip) took part in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
With a return to drills, Sanu appears to have received a veteran day off Wednesday as he continues to deal with a hip injury. The issue hasn't stopped him from playing in the Falcons' past four games, though, a span in which he caught 12 of 16 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Thursday's injury report will confirm Sanu's activity level.
Sanu (hip) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Sanu has dealt with the hip injury for more than a month, but he has played in each of the Falcons' last four games en route to notching 12 catches (on 16 targets) for 185 yards and two touchdowns. While the Falcons' passing attack centers around the talents of Julio Jones, Sanu remains a regular target of Matt Ryan, even with a health concern impacting his practice reps. Nonetheless, with an absence to start the week, Sanu's status bears watching in the coming days as the team prepares for a visit to Cleveland on Sunday.
Sanu hauled in four of five targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 38-14 win against the Redskins.
The veteran wideout was able to suit up for Atlanta's road trip to FedEx Field, despite sitting out one practice and remaining limited for two other sessions this week with a banged-up hip. Sanu has eight combined receptions for 112 yards since suffering the injury in Week 6, compared to an average per-game output of four catches and 51.4 yards through his first five outings of the season. Upcoming in Week 10 is a matchup with Cleveland, and a Browns pass defense that ranks among the NFL's bottom 10 teams in terms of yards allowed per game through the air (286.7).
Sanu (hip) was limited at Friday's practice but doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Washington, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Sanu sandwiched a pair of limited practices around an absence Thursday, with the Falcons apparently being quite careful with his rep count while he tends to the lingering hip injury. The veteran wideout saw a reduction in both snap share and target volume during the last two games before the Falcons' Week 8 bye, and he'll now return to action against a defense that has limited opponents to 7.0 yards per pass attempt this season. It doesn't help that slot cornerback Fabian Moreau has emerged as a reliable player for the Washington defense.
Sanu (hip) returned to practice Friday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Although the extent of his participation is unclear, this at least marks a step in the right direction after Sanu was a limited participant Wednesday and a non-participant Thursday. He was able to play through the same hip injury prior to a Week 8 bye, catching two passes for 21 yards in a 23-20 win over the Giants back in Week 7. Another update on his status will come later Friday when the Falcons release their final injury report for Sunday's game at Washington.
The Falcons labeled Sanu (hip) a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The listing represents a step back for Sanu, who opened Week 9 with a limited practice Wednesday. While it's not unusual for veterans like Sanu to receive a maintenance day or two during the week, the wideout's lack of participation Thursday seems more concerning given that the Falcons are coming off a bye week. Sanu would increase optimism about his availability for Sunday's game against the Redskins by practicing Friday, though he may need to put in a full session to avoid an injury designation heading into the weekend.
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