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2 hours ago, Willy monday said:

Do you guys think shanahan will have any passing plays for sanu? I personally don't see it myself.

No.  I think Sanu will be a total decoy and will never catch a pass for the Falcons.  Shanahan will sit on the sidelines watching, laughing maniacally and twirling his mustache.  Also, I don't think this question is stupid at all.

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There's a difference between justifying something and saying why you like it. He's a worker, I think. What I like is how many of our guys are men. Vic, Babs, Neal, Julio, Msck, Devonta--on and on. Everything I've read about Sanu is that he's a great teammate and never stops working. He got paid. Good. 

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2 hours ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

A lot of what sanu does isn't going to show up on a stat sheet. He's an extremely physical blocker as well as a threat for a few big trick plays a year. He had two passing TDs last year I believe. 

Wasn't Roddy known for blocking?

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2 hours ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

A lot of what sanu does isn't going to show up on a stat sheet. He's an extremely physical blocker as well as a threat for a few big trick plays a year. He had two passing TDs last year I believe. 

Precisely.

Sanu is the total package. Can block hard upfield, can do trick plays, has size to beat out defenders, and can even run the ball. He is a GREAT #2 to the dynamic playmaker in Julio.

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2 hours ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

A lot of what sanu does isn't going to show up on a stat sheet. He's an extremely physical blocker as well as a threat for a few big trick plays a year. He had two passing TDs last year I believe. 

Didnt Roddy do that for 20 something million Less?  lmao

 

 

http://espn.go.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/16314/kyle-shanahan-roddy-white-handling-role-like-pro

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Since Atlanta Falcons veteran wide receiver Roddy White hasn't caught a pass the last two games, many have wondered where White fits into offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

Shanahan says White fits in just fine despite the lack of touches.

"It doesn't always show up on the stat sheet, but I thought Roddy had his best game last week," Shanahan said, referring to the 39-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. "He only got one opportunity that got called back on a penalty, but I thought he did a **** of a job in the run game. I thought it was his best game blocking out of all three of them. And we he did have his routes, he got open.

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I mean I get it he's a hard worker, and he may very well shock everyone and be very good. But like I said before the things that people are saying just dont convince me. We have Hester and Julio for screens and trick plays. Had Roddy for blocking. If im going to really pay a guy to be my #2 he needs to be a TJ houshmandzadeh or Golden Tate type. Not just a blocker and a trick play specialist. 

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Roddy was a great blocker and a self-taught great receiver. He really regressed though. He just got old for this. His drops came back because even when he juked a guy he just couldn't get separation so he was ALWAYS crowded. 

We don't want Julio doing end runs and when Hester comes in everyone on the field is waiting for a dump off. Hester came in as a DB. He just isn't a very good WR. 

Ssnu has ALL of this. I'm glad we have him.

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4 hours ago, Willy monday said:

Do you guys think shanahan will have any passing plays for sanu? I personally don't see it myself.

He better! He might get dat pink slip after the first few games. Sanu will do a lot of things that go unnoticed, but that's the beauty of it all. No doubt in my mind when the time is right in the game...............long shot to Sanu. Defense's will worry about "2" big wr's.

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3 hours ago, falconidae said:

How many drops did Sanu have in 2014?

Why are you going back to his worst year ? He worked on it last year and had a much better 2015, but you cherry picked his worse year instead of his most recent year.

From an article on Cincy Jungle ....

Cincinnati's wide receivers were fantastic in 2015. A.J. Green and Marvin Jones led the Bengals receivers with just two drops apiece. Jones caught 65 of his 103 targets, posting a 1.9 percent drop rate. Green hauled in 86 of 132 passes, with just a 1.5 percent drop rate. Brandon Tate caught two of three passes, the third being a missed throw from Dalton. But the receiver with the best hands in 2015 was Mohamed Sanu, who reeled in 33 of 49 passes without dropping a single ball. Sanu was somewhat known for his drops in 2014, so this was a big improvement for the fourth year player who's about to hit free agency.

Catching the ball is a skill, and any skill can be improved with proper practice and repetition. Sanu seems like a guy that is willing to work on his craft, we've seen a lot of off season videos of him putting in work, and the arrow is pointing up for him.

 

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4 hours ago, BCurt57 said:

Misread. In 2014 he was in top 25 for drops, in 2015-0

 

13 minutes ago, rcky_mtn_falcon said:

Why are you going back to his worst year ? He worked on it last year and had a much better 2015, but you cherry picked his worse year instead of his most recent year.

From an article on Cincy Jungle ....

Cincinnati's wide receivers were fantastic in 2015. A.J. Green and Marvin Jones led the Bengals receivers with just two drops apiece. Jones caught 65 of his 103 targets, posting a 1.9 percent drop rate. Green hauled in 86 of 132 passes, with just a 1.5 percent drop rate. Brandon Tate caught two of three passes, the third being a missed throw from Dalton. But the receiver with the best hands in 2015 was Mohamed Sanu, who reeled in 33 of 49 passes without dropping a single ball. Sanu was somewhat known for his drops in 2014, so this was a big improvement for the fourth year player who's about to hit free agency.

Catching the ball is a skill, and any skill can be improved with proper practice and repetition. Sanu seems like a guy that is willing to work on his craft, we've seen a lot of off season videos of him putting in work, and the arrow is pointing up for him.

 

 

My bad, meant to put 2015 in that question.

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5 hours ago, JDaveG said:

No.  I think Sanu will be a total decoy and will never catch a pass for the Falcons.  Shanahan will sit on the sidelines watching, laughing maniacally and twirling his mustache.  Also, I don't think this question is stupid at all.

Bruh I'm talking about him throwing the ball, like as in flea flickers. Of course he'll have catches.

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5 minutes ago, Willy monday said:

Bruh I'm talking about him throwing the ball, like as in flea flickers. Of course he'll have catches.

:lol:

My bad dude. I quote Nathan Jessup from "A Few Good Men" -- "Well. Don't I feel like the ****ing ***hole...."

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8 hours ago, Willy monday said:

Do you guys think shanahan will have any passing plays for sanu? I personally don't see it myself.

Not only do I think Shanahan will use him, he'll be a major part of the passing offense. They need production out of that No. 2 WR spot and they are confident Sanu is going to provide that. They certainly paid him a salary consistent with giving him a goodly share of the pass receiving load, just behind Julio.

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We have completely dismantled one of our biggest strengths and people are clapping for joy. All I heard last season was how Hardy was going to come in as a rookie and produce more than Harry Douglas.(FALSE) 

The other half of the board  proclaimed Hankerson would blossom into a true #2 once he was reunited with Kyle (FALSE)

When the Falcons were one of the best teams in the league, we had Julio, Gonzalez, Roddy,and  Harry D, if anyone went down the other guys could pick up the slack. Fast forward to 2016 and we are totally dependant on Julio Jones, if he goes down the entire offense will not work because we have a bunch a C+ players around him.  

I have no problem with the team paying another reciever big money but it should be a true playmaker who can slide into the #1 spot if necessary. Sanu is not that guy. 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Madness21 said:

Why pay that much for a #2 receiver if that's all you're gonna get out of him. We can get that from Hester......I don't get it. I'd rather have Roddy White or someone. That's not enough contribution for a #2 imo. 

5 catches a game equates to 80 catches.

That's equal to what Eric Decker did last year with over 1000 yards receiving. I'd  say that's much better than Devin Hester or almost any #2 wr.

Just for reference Eric Decker had the 2nd most catches of all the #2 WRs in the league. He was only topped by Golden Tate at 90.

Tate's situation was rare because he actually had more catches last year than Calvin Johnson who had 88.

I think you may have misjudged how many catches that really is or how many catches a #2 wr should have.

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8 hours ago, slickgadawg said:

Just the fact you are trying to justify the signing,  proves it was a bad signing..........

Or he's trying to explain it to someone who just doesn't get it. Man signed for 3 years and 14 mil, he's the 20th highest paid WR right now, in a couple of years, he'll be the 40th highest paid.

The only year that Sanu got targets in Cinn's O, he produced, with 98 targets, he had 59 catches, 790 yards and 5 TDs. Know how many targets Hankerson was on track for over 6 games, before he got hurt? 100.

Think it's reasonable to assume he can fill the Hankerson role here. Certainly worth the risk.

 

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13 hours ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

1) Mike Iupati signed a deal last year.....he wasnt a free agent this year. 

2) OG was not a bigger need than WR2. 

3) Alex Mack goes a long way toward limiting the need at Guard. Barring acquiring a DOMINANT guard, you're not likely to see a big impact. There was one dominant guard in this FA class and he got like $12m a year. 

Lol. Him not even being a free agent is a pretty important one.  

 

Not to mention,  there's not many guards in the league that would be less of a fit in our current scheme. The guys a great guard overall, but why on earth would he even want to go to a team that will ask him to move laterally all game? 

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17 hours ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

Roddys cap hit was the exact same as sanus. Difference is roddy is going on 35. He is still sitting there in free agency. He is done. It happens to everybody. Get over it. I'd rather have somebody that is young and hungry.

I agree 100%.  We needed a truly physical WR for our WCO.  Those kind of guys are not easy to find.  

Sanu will be asked to make  catches in the middle of the field and block down field for our RB's.  I have no problem with his contract.  

If you want to complain about contracts, complain about Hester and Reed.    

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21 hours ago, Willy monday said:

Do you guys think shanahan will have any passing plays for sanu? I personally don't see it myself.

I think He will. Some kind of a reverse with an option to run or toss one deep to JJ.  As long as Shan doesn't use Matt as the receiver I'm good with it. Dalton almost got crushed on one of those.

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