If there was any question about how the wide receiver is expected to shake out, Thomas Dimitroff silenced those questions quieter than the phones in Flowery Branch after 30 hours into free agency. Sanu will be starting across from Julio Jones.
.@AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: "Sanu is a legitimate #2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones."— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 22, 2016
Of course, Sanu struggled when given a big role for the Bengals, but the team is likely relying on his better, albeit limited, performance in 2015, and the fact that he is still a young and developing player.
So last year's fourth round selection will not be pushing for that spot, and should settle into his best role in the slot.
Dimitroff: Free-agent addition Mo Sanu can be "a legitimate deuce for us." Thinks Justin Hardy can be the No. 3 WR. #Falcons— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 22, 2016
It appears the offense is mostly accounted for: Sanu replacing the Roddy White/Leonard Hankerson combo, Alex Mack pushing Mike Person from center to guard, Hardy ready to contribute, and likely a rookie pushing Jacob Tamme for snaps. This looks on paper to be a nicely improved offense, but the Falcons get in trouble most often when awarding jobs early in the offseason.
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