49ers' Emmanuel Sanders raves about Jimmy Garoppolo's strong work ethic

49ers' Emmanuel Sanders raves about Jimmy Garoppolo's strong work ethic

Emmanuel Sanders has played for three NFL teams and caught touchdown passes from eight different quarterbacks.

He's a big fan of his newest ones in both categories.

Ever since arriving with the 49ers ahead of the trade deadline, Sanders has become quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's go-to wideout. In two games, he has hauled in 11 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns, filling the role of No. 1 receiver in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. While Sanders certainly has made Garoppolo's job easier, the 10-year veteran appreciated how San Francisco's signal-caller aided in his transition to a new team.

"I've had my fair share of quarterbacks," Sanders said Wednesday on "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" on "95.7 The Game." "The one thing that I like about Jimmy is that he doesn't have an ego. He's not one of those guys that demands respect, or, you know, you're not going to get the ball. He's really a great team guy, just by the positive energy that he gives.

"I knew the moment I stepped in, he really attacked me with so much positive energy in terms of the playbook, and what I've got to do. He communicates very well in and after practice. All the receivers, we throw extra passes after practice. Truthfully, I just feel like the timing was perfect. I literally walked into the locker room ... I felt like I was at home. They welcomed me so much with open arms, and Jimmy [did] as well. It was just a good fit."

A good fit, indeed. Sanders caught a touchdown pass from Garoppolo on his first offensive possession with the 49ers, and caught another one on the final play of the first half in San Francisco's Week 9 win over the Cardinals. Garoppolo threw a career-high four touchdown passes in that victory in Arizona, arguably his best performance as an NFL quarterback and one that Sanders insists doesn't happen by accident.

"He works his butt off," Sanders said of Garoppolo. "Yesterday, I saw a guy ... we were supposed to be in the weight room 20 minutes. I go in there for 30 minutes, and the next thing you know, I go take a shower, and I'm coming out of the locker room -- it's like 40 minutes later -- and Jimmy is just now walking out of the weight room.

"He's one of the hardest working guys on the team. I think that we saw all the hard work that he's put in, and we saw him unleash it on Thursday. It was good to see."

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Based on the early returns of the Garoppolo-Sanders connection, we can expect to see it a lot more often.

Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game


Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium defaced after 49ers-Seahawks game

SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.

Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.

According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.

The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:

“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”

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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.

49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks


49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.