Emmanuel Sanders has been remarkably sure-handed since joining the 49ers, and that’s not just luck. This season, Sanders had dropped no passes, per the Washington Post. The play below, Sanders’ first touchdown catch with the Niners, only shows that ability:
The Niners came out in 11 personnel with trips to the far side. Sanders was playing the slot receiver with tight end George Kittle to his outside shoulder. From my eyes, it looked like a stick concept, with Sanders running the quick out.
The play seems broken from the get-go. Kittle doesn’t drive far enough, allowing his defender to re-enter the frame while the pass itself was tipped by the Panthers. Credit to Jimmy Garoppolo for putting enough on the ball to still reach its target, even when tipped, but this was a play made by Sanders.
Sanders readjusted to the ball using his body to shield off the defenders. He manages to cradle the ball and still held on, even with a major hit.
It may not be a lot. But after the amount of drops the 49ers receivers have had last year and in 2019, it’s a major addition for this offense.