Sanders (illness) won't be eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list until after the Saints' Week 8 game in Chicago, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
After he was removed from the active roster Friday following his positive COVID-19 test, Sanders had already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Since Sanders experienced a fever prior to testing positive, he's considered symptomatic, which means he won't be able to rejoin the Saints until at least 10 days have passed. In addition to Sanders, Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) remains sidelined for Week 7, putting Tre'Quan Smith on track to serve as the team's No. 1 wide receiver against Carolina.
The Saints placed Sanders on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With Michael Thomas (hamstring) also absent from Friday's practice, the Saints are expected to rely on Tre'Quan Smith as their No. 1 receiver come Sunday. The other options at the position on the active roster are Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Bennie Fowler (shoulder), while the practice squad holds Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson and Tommylee Lewis. Sanders could be back for a Week 8 game in Chicago, depending on the results of his upcoming tests for COVID-19.
Sanders is absent from Friday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
The Saints haven't yet provided a reason for the veteran wideout's absence, but an explanation should come when the team releases its final Week 7 injury report later Friday. Sanders wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday.
Sanders caught 12 of 14 targets for 122 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.
Sanders seemingly has caught his stride after stumbling out of the blocks with the Saints. The veteran led New Orleans in all major receiving categories Monday, setting season highs for himself in the process. Sanders also came agonizingly close to a touchdown but was marked down at the one-yard line in a reversed video review to close the first half. Now with back-to-back outings with at least six catches and 90 yards, New Orleans' Week 6 bye comes at an inopportune time for Sanders, who will also have to contend with top wideout Michael Thomas' likely return when the Saints next play.
Sanders caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 35-29 win over the Lions.
Sanders led the Saints in targets, catches and receiving yards, but Tre'Quan Smith scored both of the team's touchdowns through the air, while Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for three scores on the ground. The veteran wide receiver has seen his yardage total climb in each of his first four games with the Saints, but keeping that trend going won't be easy against the Chargers in Week 5, especially if Michael Thomas (ankle) returns and reclaims his spot atop New Orleans' receiving pecking order.
Sanders caught four of five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-30 loss to Green Bay.
Earlier in the week head coach Sean Payton said that Sanders' touches would increase going forward; he held true to his word, and the wideout posted his best performance since joining New Orleans. The veteran has still only garnered eight targets over two games sans Michael Thomas (ankle), as running back Alvin Kamara (23 targets in that span) appears to have absorbed most of the injured star wideout's looks. Drew Brees will have to start taking more shots down the field in order to get his wideouts more involved (Brees currently owns a league-worst 4.61 average air yards per attempt). Thomas is hoping to return to the field against the Lions in Week 4, a development that would not do any favors for Sanders' target share.
Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that Sanders' "touches are going to come" in future games, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Sanders only has four catches for 33 yards and a score (eight targets) through two contests. Despite Michael Thomas (ankle) having missed Monday's loss to the Raiders, Sanders took a clear back seat to Tre'Quan Smith and finished the night with just one 18-yard grab. The veteran could simply need more time to adjust to the new offensive scheme, and Payton does appear adamant about increasing Sanders' involvement as the season progresses. That said, Sanders will be difficult for fantasy managers to trust in the immediate future, making him far from a must-start option Week 3 against the Packers, even if Thomas sits out again.
Sanders caught one of three targets for 18 yards in Monday night's 34-24 loss to the Raiders.
Sanders dropped his first target of the game, then failed to connect with quarterback Drew Brees on his second. Those both came in the first quarter, and Sanders' next look didn't come until New Orleans' final drive of the game. Even without superstar wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) available, Sanders was hardly involved in the passing game, and he now sports just 33 yards through his first two games for the Saints. Whether Thomas plays in Week 3 versus the Packers or not, all parties will be desperate to get more out of Sanders going forward.
Sanders is slated to be the Saints' No. 1 WR with Michael Thomas (ankle) expected to miss several weeks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
At first, it appeared Thomas might be able to play through his injury, but further tests revealed it was more serious than initially thought. As a result, Sanders and, to a lesser extent, Tre'Quan Smith should both see increases in usage starting in Sunday's game versus the Raiders. Sanders played just 49 percent of offensive snaps in Week 1's win over the Buccaneers, but he managed three receptions for 15 yards and a score.
Sanders could be in line for more work after Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 1 against the Buccaneers.
As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported, Thomas' status for Week 2 is uncertain. If he's forced to miss time, Sanders would likely be the team's de facto No. 1 wide receiver, though Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook could stand to benefit the most from Thomas' absence.
Sanders caught three of five targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.
The veteran receiver wasn't a big part of the Saints' game plan in his debut for the team, but Sanders did haul in a five-yard TD pass from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. Michael Thomas limped off the field late in the game with an apparent ankle sprain, and while the injury didn't appear to be serious, if he were to miss any time Sanders could quickly find himself in a much larger role.
According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Sanders "looked smooth" during individual passing drills at Monday's practice.
Monday marked the Saints' first session with media access, during which Drew Brees made only a few throws in team drills. None of them went to Sanders, but it's only a matter of team before the long-time signal-caller is connecting with his new No. 2 wide receiver. Sanders is somewhat redundant with All-Pro Michael Thomas, though, so it remains to be seen what kind of workload the 33-year-old can earn with his new team. Between the Broncos and 49ers last season, Sanders averaged 5.7 targets per game, which marked his fewest since 2012 as a member of the Steelers.
The Saints and Sanders agreed to a two-year contract Friday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Sanders has fallen off since his three-year peak (2014-2016), when he accrued 1,000 receiving yards each time while hauling in 256 passes overall. Last season, he split time with Denver and San Francisco, reaching the Super Bowl with the latter and combining for a 66-869-5 line on 97 targets. On a positive note, Sanders will be operating with Drew Brees and opposite Michael Thomas, so the 33-year-old does have a relatively safe floor.
Sanders, an impending free agent, hasn't discussed a new contract with the 49ers, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Sanders mentioned after the Super Bowl that he enjoyed playing for the 49ers, but he wasn't ready to speculate on his future at that time. The lack of negotiations so far isn't necessarily a deal breaker, considering most teams have taken a slow approach to player contracts while the owners and NFLPA work on a new collective bargaining agreement. Sanders will turn 33 next Tuesday, one day before he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He refuted a recent rumor that suggested the 49ers had sent him a lowball offer, but it does seem likely that he'll end up testing the open market.
Sanders hasn't yet turned his focus to free agency, but he did mention that he enjoyed the 2019 season and loves playing for the 49ers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Acquired in an October trade with Denver, the soon-to-be 33-year-old wideout had a couple huge performances in games the 49ers won by a small margin -- Week 9 at Arizona and Week 14 at New Orleans. While his presence may have been the difference between a No. 3 seed and the No. 1 seed, Sanders otherwise served in a complementary capacity, often playing third fiddle in the passing game behind George Kittle and Deebo Samuel. The 49ers likely will have some level of interest in bringing Sanders back, but it won't come as any surprise if he gets a better offer from another team. The Niners don't have a ton of cap space, and they have two other starters -- DE Arik Armstead and S Jimmie Ward -- scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Sanders caught three of five targets for 38 yards in the 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
Sanders nearly made the biggest play of the game when he ran past a pair of defenders on third-and-10 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew the veteran wideout and then took a sack on the next play, giving the ball back to Kansas City for a game-clinching, 38-yard touchdown from Damien Williams. It was otherwise a quiet night for Sanders, who drew fewer targets than both Deebo Samuel (nine) and George Kittle (seven). Sanders can become an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the 2020 league year March 18, one day after his 33rd birthday.
Sanders finished with one target and no receptions in Sunday's 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.
Sanders played 75 percent of offensive snaps, but Jimmy Garoppolo attempted just eight passes in a game where the 49ers entered halftime leading by 27 points. It did mark a third straight game in which Sanders had fewer yards than Deebo Samuel, who caught two of three targets for 46 yards and added another 43 yards on two carries. The rookie has mostly outperformed the veteran over the past three months, but there hasn't been much of a difference in terms of target volume. Both wide receivers should see more opportunities in a Super Bowl matchup with Kansas City on Feb. 2.
Sanders had three catches (four targets) for 25 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.
Sanders had a quiet cap to the 2019 regular season, finishing with 25 receiving yards or less for the fifth time in 10 starts with his new squad. The veteran's receptions had a much larger impact on the actual team, as he quickly became a third-down security blanket for Jimmy Garoppolo. Sanders finishes with 66 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns across 17 games between Denver and San Francisco. The 32-year-old is set to hit unrestricted free agency this upcoming offseason, and his eventual landing spot will help determine what kind of fantasy value we can expect from the wideout in 2020. For now, Sanders will look to help his current club on a quest for an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Sanders secured three of six targets for 61 yards in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Rams on Saturday.
Sanders entered the 49ers' final drive of the night with just a pair of grabs totaling 15 yards, but his 46-yard reception during what would turn out to be the game-winning march positioned San Francisco deep in Rams territory. The speedy veteran's production has been hard to trust from game to game since he joined the team via trade just prior to Week 9, but he does have a pair of 100-yard efforts and Saturday's 61-yard tally, which counts as his third highest with the Niners. Sanders will look to make an even bigger impact in a pivotal Week 17 showdown against the Seahawks.
Sanders caught two passes (four targets) for nine yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to Atlanta.
The 49ers had a clear scheme to use tight end George Kittle (17 targets) to attack Atlanta's defense, leaving all of the team's wideouts with poor fantasy lines. Sanders still led the group in targets (four), so he remains the lead dog amongst a group of youngsters, but fantasy owners have to be wary of a changing offensive game plan under coach Kyle Shanahan. The veteran wideout has put up some huge lines with his new team, but a lot of lackluster ones are scattered about as well. Sanders could be primed for a solid game Saturday against a Rams defense that was just torn apart by the Cowboys.
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