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49ers acquire Emmanuel Sanders in trade with Broncos

Emmanuel Sanders

The San Francisco 49ers have shored up the wide receiver position by trading for Emmanuel Sanders. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Niners acquire Sanders and a 2020 fifth round pick for a 2020 third and fourth rounder.

This trade is masterful on the part of the 49ers. In return for a speedy veteran receiver, they simply gave up a third rounder, and drop one more round from fourth to fifth in the 2020 draft.

Another wide receiver was desperately needed in San Francisco, as their skill and depth at that position was lacking. Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis are good options, but lack explosiveness. On most rosters they would be a WR2 or WR3. They have been heavily featured due to the lack of pass-catching talent on the team.

Sanders is a nine year veteran that has 7,391 career receiving yards and 39 touchdowns. His yards per reception on his career is a very respectable 13.1, and he is usually reliable, never suiting up for less than 11 games on a season.

Knowing Kyle Shanahan’s creative offensive tendencies, Sanders may also be used in the rushing game. He does have 18 career rushes for 159 yards and a touchdown. Expect Shanahan to know and utilize that skill set.

The only red flag is the Achilles injury he suffered in December of last year. It kept him off the field and out of any kind of practice until August, right before the season began. Niners fans will want to keep an eye on that injury.

The 49ers continue their season against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 27.

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