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The Falcons start preparing for the future with trade of Sanu
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The Falcons start preparing for the future with trade of Sanu

The Falcons start preparing for the future with trade of Sanu

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a pass prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The Falcons start preparing for the future with trade of Sanu

The Atlanta Falcons have traded Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a 2020 second-round pick.


After seven weeks, the Falcons are tied for the third-worst record (1-6) in the NFL, with a .143 winning percentage. They now have four picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft, which include one first-round pick, two second-round picks and one third-round pick. 


Despite the hole the Falcons now have on their offense without their starting slot receiver, the Falcons will likely use these early draft picks to rebuild their struggling defense. The Falcons are one game away from becoming the first team in NFL history to fail to record a sack in five-straight games.

The Falcons only have five sacks this season, which is the fewest in the NFL. The last time they got a sack was against the Indianapolis Colts. In addition to their lack of being able to pressure the quarterback, the Falcons defense also struggles to produce turnovers. They only have two interceptions, which both came against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Falcons have placed defensive end/outside linebacker, Vic Beasley on the trade block and have been rumored to be in discussion with teams on outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell.

Falcons defensive ranks - 2019

  • 31.9 points allowed per game (31st)
  • -116.40 expected points contributed by all defense (32nd)
  • 387.7 total yards allowed per game (27th)
  • 274.0 passing yards allowed per game (28th)
  • 113.7 rushing yards allowed per game (20th)
  • 4 total takeaways (31st)
  • 2 interceptions (t-30th)
  • 2 fumbles recovered (t-25th)
  • 5 sacks (32nd)


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