Green Bay Packers inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell values hard work. He also understands what it is like when NFL teams do not show much interest in an individual. When he first signed with the Packers, it was on a one-year contract as a street free agent. Literally every other team in the league had passed him by.
Of course, Campbell worked incredibly hard, as he always does, and turned that first season in Green Bay into a First Team All Pro year. And he was able to do so because the Packers gave him the opportunity.
Today on Twitter, Campbell spotlighted one of his former teammates, free agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who is still fighting for an opportunity to prove he can still play in the NFL. Campbell, for one, thinks he can.
Green Bay Packers Inside Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell Praises Free Agent Wide Receiver Mohamed Sanu
There was a time when Green Bay Packers fans thought that the team would do well to sign Sanu as a free agent to help fill the void left by the Davante Adams trade. Of course, the team instead signed Sammy Watkins, who was subsequently released partway through the 2022 NFL season.
Sanu, too, was released from his 2022 team, the Miami Dolphins, but was cut before the season even began. He did not catch on with any other team and remained a free agent the entire year.
Now in 2023, he remains unsigned, but is still working hard and staying in shape, waiting for a call. Campbell, who played with Sanu for the Atlanta Falcons from 2016-2019, praised him for having the best pure hands of any wide receiver he has ever played with (with the exception of De’Andre Hopkins):
Can’t tell me there’s no team out there that can’t utilize his services. Other than D-Hop my dawg Mo has the best pure hands of any WR I’ve ever played with. Keep grinding brother @Mo_12_Sanu 🤝🏿 https://t.co/KfDcqqNPs1
— De’Vondre Campbell (@Came_Along_Way) July 21, 2023
Now 33 years old, the injury bug got the better of Sanu in 2020 and 2021. However, in his last full healthy season (2019, which he spent with the Falcons and New England Patriots), Sanu was still an effective contributor on offense, catching 59 passes for 520 yards and two touchdowns.
And those pure hands? Despite dealing with injuries in 2020 and 2021, Sanu was targeted 48 times by his quarterbacks. He only dropped two passes. In the 10 games he played in 2020, his quarterbacks had a 107.5 passer rating when targeting him.
To be clear, Campbell is not calling for the Green Bay Packers, specifically, to go out and sign Sanu. The Packers have already made it clear that they are going forward with their incredibly young receiving room led by Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs.
What Campbell is saying, though, is that there has to be a team out there that could use his services. Sanu has had to overcome a great deal over the past few years, with injuries and such. It would be nice to see some team, any team, take a flyer on him and give him the chance to prove he still belongs in the NFL.