I hate to be Mr. Poopy Pants but I don't love this trade. To paraphrase a tweet I sent out when the news broke.
When I think of Mohamed Sanu, I think touchdown passes and saying "we bout to put 40 something on they ass" before taking part in the biggest collapse in the history of the Super Bowl (American Football Championship Game)
Here is an actual tweet of mine with that very clip!
Clearly they saw enough when they didn't allow a point for the final 27 minutes of the game.
I should mention to people out there like my mother who may think "well aren't touchdown passes a good thing?"
Of course they are, mom but I don't mean touchdown passes as in he catches them. Au Contraire. Sanu only has 25 in 110 career games. Nothing special. While TDs by no means tell the entire story of production for WR, (To Sanu's credit he's brought in over 70% of his targets 3 of the last 4 years and the year he didn't he was at 69.8%) Touchdown receptions are ideally what you're looking for from pass catchers. Here I'm talking passy-boys, the throws, passing touchdowns.
Mohamed Sanu has done the passing touchdown thing 4 times in his career.
God aren't people who talk about sports like that the fucking WORST?!?
Sanu, a former HS QB is 7/8 passing for 233 yards and 4 TD in his career. Good for a perfect passer rating (158.3)
Before I go any farther, not only is passer rating the dumbest stat ever that no football fan truly understands and makes zero sense with 158.3 being perfect, but "former HS QB" when talking about basically any skill guy in the NFL is the step-brother of "he's a former basketball player" when talking about 40% of the TE's in the NFL. The Antonio Gates Clause if you will.
Okay, back on schedule.
This is a very cool feather to have in your NFL cap, I'm not trying to make it a slight. Walter Payton threw 8 career touchdowns.
But this is a 30 year old WR in the 4th year of a 5 year 32.5 million dollar deal we're talking about. Best case scenario Sanu attempts what 2 passes this year? For a 2nd rounder! Already kinda pricey. Granted since we're in year four it's not like they owe him that entire deal but to me this price is a little, high even though I have zero idea what he's due. I still feel like Bill got fleeced here just because Sanu is literally the perfect Patriot. He's not only versatile with his passing abilities, but he also went to Rutgers; which to Bill Belichick is the football equivalent of an Oxford degree. Cant rule out feeling bad for their incontinence either! What's a 2nd rounder to a Super Bowl ring?
To me it comes down to this. A 2nd rounder for a guy WR who's first five highlights you think of him are all passes is too fucking much. I know that isn't exactly the most precise analytical analysis, but that shit matters. Call me old fashioned, but when my team acquires a WR I think it's best when the guy is known more for his receiving ability. It'd be like if your surgeon's best skill was drumming.
It's just the whole second round price tag thing. Maybe it's a Patriots premium? Just feel like you can get a lot more than Mohamed Sanu for a second rounder. I know he's a head case so maybe this example sucks, but the Raiders traded a 3rd and 5th for fucking AB. (Sidenote I know I haven't blogged nearly enough lately, and that I've been saying that for two years, but holy shit man if the Patrs just held on to AB. IDGAF they gave up on the dude way too quickly.)
Now this could very well be a great deal for the Pats and I could look quite dumb. What the Pats have on their side is that 2nd rounder for them is basically a third rounder since it'll be after pick 58. With their shitty draft history maybe this is better than another Jordan Richards? But a second rounder, man? When you see the Emmanuel Sanders deal it's like pouring Karkov on an open wound. I know Sanu doesn't need to Calvin Johnson here for the deal to a "success" and in a perfect world he's the 4th option. I just think it's too much for g-d Mohamed Sanu. Mohamed, as which we all know is the most common name on earth (Superbad, 2007) is the first player in Patriots history named Mohamed (I am completely guessing but feel safe assuming here despite what we all know assuming does) (oh man I assumed again)
It cannot go unsaid this guy was on the 2016 Atlanta Falcons. Now the Patriots literally won a Super Bowl this calendar year with a member of the 2016 Falcons on their roster (Adrian Clayborn) so it's not a huge deal, but if given the option I'd pick guys who wasn't on that team. They just have that loser stench that cannot be washed off, even in an oatmeal bath. Bill probably just sees it as added hunger. Sanu was on the biggest culprits of over-confidence in the defeat. I've watched that Mic'd up at least 60 times and enjoyed every second of him looking like an absolute fool every time. Taylor Gabriel tried to warn him! If you thought that 60 was hyperbole you should change your name to Chris Stapleton because baby you were wrong.