Looking at the Atlanta Falcons roster their lack of depth at nearly every position stands out for a team that is obviously rebuilding. Despite this fact, the receiver position manages to stand out on a mess of a roster that needs help at almost every position. Your average NFL fan isn’t going to recognize the names listed on Atlanta’s depth chart.
Damiere Byrd, KhaDerel Hodge, and Olamide Zaccheaus are the projected starters if the season started today. It would be surprising if the Atlanta Falcons don’t take at least one swing at the position in the draft. Even then, however, Atlanta will need veteran additions if they want any chance of having a productive offense.
One cheap option for the Falcons could be a familiar face, Mohamed Sanu. Sanu has spent the Lions, Patriots, and 49ers since leaving the Falcons. Sanu struggled at all three stops failing to make the impact he did in the Atlanta offense.
Meaning the veteran could be brought in on a very affordable low-risk deal. Watching the way he utilized Russell Gage and Cordarrelle Patterson there should be little doubt that Arthur Smith will get the most out of every skill position player on his roster.
Sanu put together three great seasons with Atlanta surpassing 600-yards in all three of his full seasons in Atlanta. He memorably showed his ability as a passer as well connecting with Julio Jones on an impressive deep shot during his time in Atlanta.
He would be a great asset to Arthur Smith’s offense, an offense that uses players at every position they are capable of playing. Giving Sanu a chance to get his career back on track in the last place he had success would be a perfect fit for both sides. Even if Atlanta drafts multiple receivers Sanu is a great depth piece that can fill the role Tajae Sharpe had in the Atlanta offense last season. At worst Sanu is a clear upgrade over Sharpe and gives the Falcons a chance at finding surprise production from a former fan favorite in Sanu.