Mohamed Sanu, pictured with the Falcons on August 15. (Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's the Week 8 Red Zone Report, and WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman and Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin are breaking down the match-up against the Browns and talking all things Patriots.
Josh Gordon was placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury suffered earlier this month against the Giants. The Pats reportedly plan to medically clear him soon, then release him, so he can join a new team. Kaufman asked Volin just how things got to this point.
"I hate to say it, but he was just not the most reliable player," Volin said. "I'm strictly talking about on the field. His catch rate was down this year, he was only catching about 50 percent of the balls thrown his way. He definitely played through a lot of injuries, but he was banged up, obviously wasn't able to play last week, had some finger injuries and other injuries ... with N'Keal Harry coming back off IR, he's basically Josh Gordon but younger and probably more of a reliable player. I think it mostly had to do with football and X's and O's and just a numbers crunch."
So, Gordon's done, Antonio Brown's gone—but New England traded a second-round pick to Atlanta for Mohamed Sanu, who they've worked to acquire for years. How will he fit in?
"As an eight-year veteran, he has a lot of polish, knows how to time his release off the line of scrimmage and how to work with teammates on the pick routes and all those kinds of things," Volin said. "Brady isn't going to have to spend a lot of time teaching him the nuances of being an NFL receiver like Brady would for the younger kids like Jacoby Meyers and N'Keal Harry ... He's a trick play threat. He was a high school quarterback, he's got a great arm, he's thrown four touchdown passes in his career, so Josh McDaniels is gonna have some fun scheming up some trick plays for Sunu."
Kaufman and Volin also talked about the possibility of Bill Belichick earning his 300th win Sunday, discussed Tom Brady lashing out at the media over their response to his weird Netflix cameo, and previewed the game against Cleveland.