Detroit Lions should focus on using Quintez Cephus not Mohamed Sanu


The Detroit Lions are working out veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu after star receiver Kenny Golladay suffered an injury on Sunday.

Kenny Golladay did not return in the second half of Detroit’s 41-21 loss at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.  The Detroit Lions have opted to workout veteran receiver Mohamed Sanu, yes, a former New England Patriots pass-catcher.

In all fairness, Sanu wasn’t precisely productive with the Patriots after being a very useful playmaker for both the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons during the prime of his career.  Sanu, now 31-years old had been released earlier in the season by the Patriots after the organization spent a second-round pick on his services just a year prior.

The move was mostly a last ditched effort by Bill Belichick to provide Tom Brady with someone he could trust other than Julian Edelman.  It was a steep price to pay for a pass-catcher that had never been anything more than a low-end second option or an excellent third option at the NFL level.

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Between the Falcons and Patriots, last season Sanu compiled 59 receptions on 89 targets totaling 520 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

After being released by the Patriots, Sanu landed with the reeling San Francisco 49ers, but even with a depleted roster, Sanu only saw one target, making one catch totaling nine yards in three contests before being released for the second time this season.

Head coach Matt Patricia continues to dance around the questions surrounding the severity of Golladay’s hip injury.  Recently reports mentioned that similar to Trey Flowers, Golladay may find himself landing on the injured reserve list, forcing him to miss a minimum of three games.

The pair of devastating injuries leave opportunities for others, such as the recently acquired defensive end Everson Griffen and rookie receiver Quintez Cephus who filled in nicely early on in the season when Golladay missed time. Cephus has made six grabs on 13 targets in four games this season totaling 97 yards.

It makes my stomach churn watching Travis Fulgham excel elsewhere with the Philadelphia Eagles after the organization gave up on him far too early.  Fulgham is exactly what the Lions need with Golladay out and Marvin Jones, a pending free agent.

The Lions selected Fulgham with the 184th pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.  He’s made 29 catches totaling 435 yards and four touchdowns this season, all of which would tie or lead this current Lions team.

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I have no issue if the Lions decide to sign Sanu, but he shouldn’t be anything more than a depth option.  Detroit should focus on getting Cephus and Marvin Hall the football after Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, and T.J. Hockenson get their looks.