49ers rookie Brandon Aiyuk appreciates Mohamed Sanu’s veteran recommendation
Halfway by means of the 2019 season, Emmanuel Sanders’ arrival lifted the 49ers’ receiving corps to a different degree.
The previous Denver Bronco turned a right away mentor for the younger wideouts and their manufacturing improved drastically. As a rookie, Deebo Samuel discovered from Sanders and have become a risk on the sphere and the staff’s best wideout.
Mohamed Sanu may present the identical management for the 49ers. He was on the sphere for less than 13 snaps in Week 2, however the former Atlanta Falcons receiver was seen on the printed teaching up Kendrick Bourne on the sidelines throughout the recreation.
Sanu participated in video conferences all through the week however wasn’t cleared to be with the staff in particular person till Friday. Even in these few brief days, rookie Brandon Aiyuk shared that the veteran’s presence has been extraordinarily priceless.
“He’s provided a lot for the couple of days that we’ve been with him,” Aiyuk stated. “He’s talked to us lots. He talked about what I may anticipate on the market in my first recreation.”
Coach Kyle Shanahan shared after the sport that whereas Aiyuk’s NFL debut contained a couple of “rookie errors,” he was pleased with the rookie’s efficiency. Via the ups and downs, the Arizona State product was glad to have Sanu on the sidelines as a useful resource and supporter.
“He’s simply all the time there to choose you up from the dangerous performs, congratulate you for the nice performs,” Aiyuk stated. “He simply offers you recommendation and retains supplying you with data all through follow and all through a recreation.”
Aiyuk had the added problem of an offseason and not using a rookie minicamp and OTAs. He additionally missed a considerable quantity of coaching camp as a consequence of a hamstring harm. Previous to his harm, the rookie was closely concerned in staff drills which helped put together him for his first NFL recreation.
Aiyuk caught two of his three targets for 21 yards and was on the sphere for 72 p.c of the 49ers’ offensive snaps on Sunday. Shanahan clearly sees promise within the rookie and can lean on him till Samuel’s potential return in Week 4. Sanu having the rookie’s again will assist construct his confidence.
“It’s been nice to have him these final couple of days,” AIyuk stated. “I’m going to proceed to be taught and get as a lot data as doable from him.”