New England Patriots newcomer Mohamed Sanu was seen as a letdown in the eyes of many Patriots fans once the 2019 campaign ended.
With New England giving up their second-round pick for the receiver, he came to the team with some lofty expectations. After tallying only 207 yards on 26 catches, his performance certainly left a bad taste in the mouth of New England fans. But there may have been a reason for the drop off in production:
After his injury failed to heal this off-season, Patriots’ WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on a high ankle sprain that plagued him throughout last season, per source. The surgery helps explain why Sanu’s production tailed off last season; he played through a lot of pain.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 28, 2020
Sanu seemingly hurt his ankle in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles last year in Philly and was never the same since. It was clear that he was playing hurt but the extent wasn’t known until now. Given the fact that the injury needs surgery, it’s easy to see why he didn’t have the stats that fans wanted him to have last season.
There’s no timetable for a return yet, but the hope around New England is that once he heals from this injury, he’ll be a dependable option for whoever is under center for the team next year.