Sanders is another attempt to upgrade the 49ers passing attack, now there is pressure on Jimmy G to air it out

There are no excuses for Garoppolo anymore

Tommy Call
October 26, 2019 - 9:55 am

The 49ers added a weapon to their passing attack this week when they acquired Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos. Sanders will immediately upgrade a 49ers receiver room that has been underwhelming in 2019. Sanders is a savvy veteran that should instantly step in as a steady target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

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Now that the 49ers have added a legit accomplished wide receiver the pressure shifts from the pass catchers to the pass thrower. Although the 49ers are undefeated they’ve lacked when it comes to the passing attack. They currently rank 25th in both passing yards per game (219) and passing touchdowns (7).

The core of the 49ers offense is the run game but at some point, Garoppolo will need to air it out to secure a victory. It’s 2019 and the heart of the modern NFL is pass-first. 

The moment Garoppolo inked his contract with the 49ers, both John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have been working to upgrade the weapons around their franchise quarterback. 

Looking back at the 49ers acquisition timeline, Sanders is just another addition in a long list of names Lynch and Shanahan have brought to Santa Clara. Lynch and Shanahan have spent a pretty penny on bringing in new toys for Garoppolo. 

Starting with the NFL draft the 49ers have drafted five pass-catchers since Garoppolo signed his contract extension. Dante Pettis, Richie James, Deebo Samuel, Jalen Hurd, and Kaden Smith have all been brought in to revamp the 49ers passing attack.

When it comes to free agency the 49ers haven’t shied away from breaking out the checkbook to bring-in playmakers. Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman were brought in to solidify the backfield while Jordan Matthews was signed on a flyer to help their young core. 

There have been more misses than hits in the crop of skill players the 49ers have brought in. Injuries have derailed many of the 49ers’ plans when it comes to adding talent around Garoppolo, but Sanders is the diamond in the rough. Sanders should be the band-aid for the 49ers playmaking-woes. 

Garoppolo hasn’t thrown for over 300-yards yet this season, but he hasn’t had to. The 49ers are winning with power football and defense. Before the season ends this will change. Now Garoppolo has the weapons he needs in place to air it out when he needs to. 

Sanders could be the missing piece in the 49ers offensive attack. His arrival should elevate the entire passing attack. Sanders should take the pressure off George Kittle and be at least a safety blanket for Garoppolo underneath. 

There’s no excuse for Garoppolo when it comes to his weapons. The front office has been relentless when it comes to bringing in talent for Garoppolo. He now has the best tight end in football and Sanders in his arsenal. When the 49ers find themselves in a shootout the pressure falls on Garoppolo shoulders. 

Garoppolo might need to break out his air-raid card this weekend against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers rank fifth in points per game at 27.7. Backup quarterback Kyle Allen is 4-0 since subbing in for Cam Newton. Allen spreads the football all over the field to Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, and DJ Moore. Can Garoppolo match that now he has Sanders? We will find out on Sunday. 

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