September 27, 2021

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Recapping the Start of 49ers Training Camp

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Recapping the Start of 49ers Training Camp

Mohamed Sanu Bringing Leadership (and Playmaking) to 49ers Offense

Heading into training camp, the 49ers have a deep group of wide receivers. But beyond a handful of players, the unit lacks a lot of proven experience. The group is reminiscent of the 49ers 2019 receiving corps where the only healthy and experienced member of the unit was a veteran of just two seasons.

At that time, Deebo Samuel was an up-and-coming rookie with plenty of promise, who added to Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis as San Francisco’s starting wide receivers.

It wasn’t until a midseason trade for veteran wideout Emmanuel Sanders that unlocked San Francisco’s offense and helped the 49ers young group of pass catchers blossom en route to a Super Bowl appearance. The unit went from averaging 214.5 yards per game to 250.5 yards following Sanders’ arrival.

It wasn’t just Sanders’ play that benefited the group, but his veteran presence. The 49ers already see a similar effect out of wideout Mohamed Sanu. Sanu joined the team this past March in free agency for his second stint in San Francisco.