49ers trade for Bron­cos re­ceiver San­ders

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Cam In­man

SANTA CLARA — Em­manuel San­ders, to the res­cue? The San Fran­cisco 49ers (6-0) ob­vi­ously don’t need a sav­ior but they did need to bol­ster their wide re­ceiver corps, and they’ve done so via a Tues­day trade with the Denver Bron­cos.

It’s ap­par­ently cost­ing the 49ers plenty of 2020 draft cap­i­tal — third- and fourth-round picks — to ob­tain the 32-year-old wide re­ceiver as well as a fifth-round draft pick, Denver’s 9News first re­ported.

The 49ers and Bron­cos have yet to con­firm the deal, which likely is con­tin­gent upon San­ders pass­ing a phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

San­ders, a 10th-year vet­eran, is less than a year re­moved from an Achilles tear, but, two months ago, the 49ers saw first­hand how well he’s re­cov­ered as he made ath­letic catches against them in Au­gust’s joint prac­tices in Denver.

San­ders, as he left the Bron­cos fa­cil­ity, told CBS Denver:

“I’m look­ing for­ward to com­ing out to San Fran, show­cas­ing my tal­ent, meet the guys, hope­fully add my ex­plo­sive­ness and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in their sys­tem.”

The 49ers (6-0) have won with de­fense and a run-ori­ented ap­proach, while they’ve to­taled an NFL-low 49 catches from their wide re­ceivers and oth­er­wise have re­lied on tight end Ge­orge Kit­tle (34 catches, 376 yards, 1 TD).

San­ders (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) comes with a No. 1-re­ceiver pedi­gree,

even if it’s only on a rental ba­sis for 10 games plus his fifth ca­reer play­off run.

San­ders’ style has long been ad­mired by 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han, who raved about him to Denver re­porters on a con­fer­ence call be­fore last De­cem­ber’s game.

“Em­manuel, to me, has been one of the most un­der­rated re­ceivers in the league his en­tire ca­reer,” Shana­han said then. “He’s been a No. 1 re­ceiver since he’s been in Denver.

“... Em­manuel is the man. He’s al­ways been the man. He is ex­tremely quick, he knows how to sep­a­rate, he can beat man cov­er­age

and he’s also fear­less. He’s ag­gres­sive with the ball. He doesn’t mind go­ing there and block­ing. He doesn’t mind go­ing over the mid­dle. And he’s one of the tougher chal­lenges in the league.”

San­ders had 30 re­cep­tions for 367 yards and two touch­downs this year for the Bron­cos, whose scheme should draw some par­al­lels to the 49ers’ con­sid­er­ing their of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor is Rich Scan­garello, the 49ers’ 201718 quar­ter­backs coach.

“Just talk­ing to Rich, he was telling me it’s the same of­fense, dif­fer­ent con­cepts, but I’ll be able to pick it up easy,” San­ders

said.

Shana­han and gen­eral man­ager John Lynch have been ac­tive in ev­ery av­enue to up­grade the 49ers since in­her­it­ing a 2-14 club. They’ve over­hauled the ros­ter through the draft but also with big trades such as this one, a 2017 deal for quar­ter­back Jimmy Garop­polo and the March move for pass rusher Dee Ford.

The 49ers spent their sec­on­dround picks in the past two drafts on wide re­ceivers — Dante Pet­tis and Deebo Sa­muel — as well as a third-rounder this year on Jalen Hurd, who’s yet to de­but and is on in­jured re­serve, as is 2017 fifth-round find Trent Tay­lor.

SAM RICHE/TRI­BUNE NEWS SER­VICE

Bron­cos re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders is on his way to San Fran­cisco af­ter a trade with the 49ers sent draft picks to Denver.

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