Player Notes: Sanu, Cook, Gates, Housler

We spent some time watching 2012 game tape on some of the more intriguing fantasy players for the upcoming season. The players we chose to watch weren’t necessarily marquee fantasy players in 2012, but they could be key players this upcoming season. We tried to pinpoint some of the strengths and weaknesses of each player by watching a couple games. We decided to publish a series of blogs detailing what we saw with our raw notes.

These are raw notes, so forgive grammatical errors or the occasional poor language. Nor were they intended to be comprehensive or definitive takes. We simply thought it’d be another way to gain some extra insight into some of the more intriguing 2013 fantasy players. We watched 36 players total, so we’ll post notes on 4 players a day over a nine-day period. Here are the players we watched and when our notes will be posted:

July 30: Christian Ponder, Brandon Weeden, David Wilson, Lamar Miller

July 31: Chris Ivory, Daryl Richardson, Cecil Sorts, Dennis Pitta

Aug. 1: Shane Vereen, Danario Alexander, Josh Gordon, T.Y. Hilton

Aug. 2: Chris Givens, Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd, Bernard Pierce

Aug. 5: Pierre Garcon, Antonio Brown, Torrey Smith, Vernon Davis

Aug. 6: Greg Olsen, Dwayne Allen, Greg Little, Bryce Brown

Aug. 8: Ronnie Hillman, Joique Bell, Robert Turbin, DuJuan Harris

Aug. 9: Justin Blackmon, Rod Streater, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon LaFell

Aug. 12: Mohamed Sanu, Jared Cook, Antonio Gates, Rob Housler

Mohamed Sanu

Week 10 vs. NYG (4/47/1) 14.7 FPG

-clearly multidimensional, lines up in the backfield in shotgun and takes a handoff up the middle for 3 yards, looks natural doing it.

-shows strength to shield off CB and strong hands to haul in a high pass on a 12-yard comeback route. Still, doesn’t get any kind of separation at all.

-keeps balance after a big chuck near the line of scrimmage from LB, catches poor pass thrown behind him in middle of field and turns it up to get 12 yards.

-uses his body well in traffic on slant pattern, leaves his feet just a bit to haul in catch on 10-yard slant pattern.

-lunging catch in the end zone for 10-yard TD with CB all over him. Clearly works best in short to intermediate areas and in the red zone.


-clear miscommunication between rookie WR and QB, breaks off curl route and Dalton throw for a back-shoulder fade pattern, pass nearly picked off in Bengal territory.


Week 12 vs. Oak (5/29/2) 19.9 FPG

-designed play to get the ball in his hands on a playaction pass for a 6-yard pickup in the flat.

-lines up in backfield with Dalton under center, takes a handoff off of LT and picks up 5 yards.

-beautiful one-handed catch and drags feet down on a 2-yard fade pattern. Bengals wanted him on an island, a red-zone threat.

-has a nose for end zone, finds soft spot against a zone out of the slot just across the goal line for a 5-yard TD catch.

-working a lot out of the slot and almost exclusively in the middle of the field in this game, Raiders giving up some looks in the middle of the field.


Jared Cook

Week 3 vs. Det (4/77/1) 17.7 FPG

-lined up in the slot, moves quickly downfield along the seam, gets position on S and essentially boxes him out on a deep ball, then rips through the weak tackle attempt of the S and races 30 more yards away from a CB for a TD, impressive speed to cap the play. His big-play ability is evident just on this play along, as 61 of his 77 yards came on one play.

-they’re definitely no afraid to line him up in the slot, catches a 7-yard hitch and it takes three defenders to bring him down.

-on next play, uses his big body to catch a slant pattern out of the slot for a 7-yard gain.

-shoulder injury kept him from having a bigger game in this one.


Week 6 vs. Pit (4/54) 9.4 FPG

-Lined up out wide and comes in motion in tight, PA fake and cuts behind line of scrimmage to catch pass but can’t shake LB and S near goal line.

-blown coverage by LBs on drag pattern out of the slot, still he gets upfield quickly after catch for 19 yards and gets out of bounds to stop the clock with under 1 minute left.

-simply outruns a LB trying to cover him man-to-man on a crossing pattern, catches it and turns it upfield for a 25-yard gain.

-Moves more like a WR than he does a TE, and he’s lined up all over the field, especially out of the slot.


-got open enough on an out route for a 4-yard gain, but didn’t really try to shake the LB in man coverage, just kind of waltzed into his pattern, pretty poor route running on his part.


Antonio Gates

Week 5 vs. Den (6/81/2) 26.1 FPG

-textbook post-corner pattern from the veteran, looks quick out of the break, terribly underthrown pass from Rivers makes him wait for pass, still catches and stretches for goal line for a 15-yard TD.

-dig pattern, shakes the S in man coverage to catch a pass deep down the right side for 23 yards.

-shakes the safety to get open in the middle of the field and spins off of him for additional yardage on a 12-yard gain.

-skinny post, QB and TE recognize blitzing LB off his side, middle of field open and two connect for an 11-yard TD. Years of chemistry at work on that play.

-fights through man coverage by LB on out pattern, then hurdles a CB diving at his legs on a 13-yard pickup.


-high pass on a throw over the middle, but still goes through his hands and he had room to make the catch.


Week 10 @ TB (4/57/1) 15.7 FPG

-uses his big frame to box on Barber to draw a holding penalty and pick up a first down.

-another skinny post between Gates and Rivers near the goal line, splits the two safeties for a 11-yard TD, seen this play dozens of times between the two.

-runs wide open down the right side but Rivers doesn’t recognize quick enough and throw late and pass is broken up.

-soft zone coverage, sits down in front of LBs for 8 yards to make it third-and-2, he then picks up first down on next play on a hitch route against a S.


Rob Housler

Week 7 @ Min (5/54/0) 10.4 FPG

-lined up in the slot, chips a LB and settles in the middle of the field against zone coverage for 9 yards.

-runs a skinny post once again zone coverage, catches a ball in traffic and takes a nice hit from S after 22-yard gain.

-nearly same play as his first catch, chips on Jared Allen and settles in middle of field, nice effort after catch to pick up extra yards on 7-yard gain.

-makes tough, back-shoulder catch on a little hitch pattern out of the slot for 7-yard gain.

-works a nice TE screen, gets upfield quickly, makes a bit of a wrong cut to negate some of the gain but picks up 9 yards.


Week 12 vs. Stl (8/82/0) 16.2 FPG

-playaction pass, comes behind the line of scrimmage on the action, slips into flat for 6-yard gain.

-gets into the middle of the field against a zone, takes about four Ram defenders to bring him down on 11-yard gain.

-works a skinny post against a zone defense, makes a nice move to get inside of S crashing down, picks up 28 yards.

-makes a tough catch with Laurinaitis draped all over him for 8 yards.

-catches the ball on a pattern in the flat and gets out of bounds quickly for 7 yards and under 50-seconds left in the half.

-deep crossing pattern, uses his WR speed to get a few yards on the CB and S, Lindley just missed a wide-open Housler.


-lets a pass slip through his hands on a seam pattern out of the slot, pass a little behind but still catchable.


-Tom Brolley

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