Cam Newton and Mohamed Sanu of the New England Patriots are getting after it.
As if there could be any doubt that Cam Newton is motivated to succeed as the leader of the New England Patriots, he’s already been spotted trying to drag one of his key targets back up by the bootstraps.
Mohamed Sanu had a tough first year in Foxborough, by any metric, and is currently serving as a shining example of trade deadline disappointment. Instead of adding Emmanuel Sanders like the Super Bowl-bound 49ers did, New England opted for the boom-or-bust option in Sanu, who never clicked with Tom Brady and came up hobbled.
He piled up just 207 yards receiving and a single TD in eight games with the Pats, and needed surgery to resolve a high-ankle sprain when the year concluded.
Newton sees the value in his former NFC South rival for sure, though, and has already brought him on board for a series of private workouts and drill sessions.
The footage, initially posted by NFL trainer Drew Lieberman, was shot at UCLA on Tuesday afternoon. Yes, Newton and Sanu really did get after it immediately.
The embattled wideout hopped on Atlanta radio station The Game 92.9 to react to the signing prior to his departure for LA, and gushed about his former division rival.
“I was like, ‘Oh, Cam’s our quarterback?’” Sanu told the hosts. “I didn’t really believe it. It didn’t really hit me until after. It’s dope. Somebody with his drive and his determination, the way he plays the game, he’s just a guy that works hard. I’ve seen him train before, so I know what type of player he is, what type of person he is. I look forward to it.”
Even with this early rapport, Sanu will have to battle for snaps in New England’s new-look offense, likely slotting in behind Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry on the pecking order by year’s end.
Who’s excited for Year 2 Sanu?!