Emmanuel Sanders trade a big boost to 49ers’ passing game

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The 49ers’ trade for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is looking like one of the best personnel moves any team has made since the start of this season.

Sanders had a huge game on Sunday in New Orleans, helping the 49ers beat the Saints and moving them a step closer to home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. And that game showed off just how big a difference Sanders has made to the 49ers’ passing game. Consider:

In six games without Sanders, the 49ers averaged 215 passing yards per game. In seven games with Sanders, the 49ers averaged 261 passing yards per game.

In six games without Sanders, the 49ers scored 26 points per game. In seven games with Sanders, the 49ers averaged 34 points per game.

In six games without Sanders, the 49ers averaged 7.9 yards per pass. In seven games with Sanders, the 49ers averaged 8.7 yards per pass.

In six games without Sanders, the 49ers totaled seven touchdown passes and six interceptions. In seven games with Sanders, the 49ers have totaled 19 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

The 49ers sent their 2020 third-round pick and fourth-round pick to Denver for Sanders, who becomes a free agent this offseason. That’s a fairly steep price for a player who’s just a half-year rental, but Sanders is proving to be worth it.

15 responses to “Emmanuel Sanders trade a big boost to 49ers’ passing game

  1. I remember there was another “Sanders” who put us over the top for our last SUPERBOWL Winning season…perhaps History shall repeat itself.

    Go NINERS!!!

  2. The Patriots were interested in Sanders, but considering the Patriots and Broncos have had their fair share of rival games in the past few years, extremely doubtful that the Broncos would be willing to give them a big piece like that unless they got a lot for him. Much better for the Broncos to trade him out of conference, since it doesn’t really matter to them if he’s playing well for the 49ers.

  3. If he leaves, they’ll most likely get a compensatory 3rd round pick but with his impact on and off the field it seems likely they continue the relationship

  4. jackedupboonie says:
    December 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Its gonna be fun knocking Clara into the Wildcard rd week 17

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    Yeah first try not getting embarrassed this weekend by Carolina jagoff.

  5. jackedupboonie says:
    December 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Its gonna be fun knocking Clara into the Wildcard rd week 17

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    OR the Seahawks drop another game, we win our next two and rest our starters on week 17. The way they looked on Sunday night, it’s definitely a possibility 🤷‍♂️

  6. Sanders is such a big improvement over Marquise Goodwin that Frisco put Goodwin on injured reserve. They probably did not want to release Goodwin because a playoff team may pick him up and he may come back an hurt them in the playoffs. Not sure what Goodwin’s contract allows, but if he can be cut he will. The money can be used towards signing Sanders. They also have players like George Kittle, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner to try to extend.

  7. Prior to, or just after, signing with the Niners, Sanders indicated that being on a good team was more important to him than money (he’s already made plenty).
    Considering how well the Niners are doing, how well he’s doing as a Niner, and how much the team and he seem to like each other, it seems very likely that he’ll be back next season.

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