This drill is becoming more common among NFL wide receivers: they sit on the ground while footballs are thrown at them, many at high speeds. This works their hand-eye coordination and hones their catching ability. Antonio Brown, one of the best in the NFL, has done something similar, but new Atlanta Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu has raised the bar.
During a recent off-season workout, Sanu, who signed with the Falcons in free agency, can be seen sitting down catching footballs, some of which look like they’re coming out of the J.U.G.S. machine at over 50 miles per hour. He even snares one ball with one hand.
Last season, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, Sanu caught just 33 balls for 394 yards, as he was relegated to a possession receiver behind main targets A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert. In Atlanta, he will be featured more; and there’s no doubt, as the video above shows, that he’s got the catching ability to flourish alongside Julio Jones.