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Former 49ers WR warns Purdy critics that the young QB will prove them wrong

Former 49ers WR warns Purdy critics that young QB will prove them wrong originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

A Super Bowl appearance and a career record of 17-4 are simply not enough to satisfy the haters of 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who is only 24.

But for former 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders? It’s more than enough.

Speaking to Kay Adams on “Up and Adams” on Thursday, the retired 12-year NFL veteran assessed Purdy’s body of work while dismissing a recent Pro Football Focus story that ranked the Iowa State product 13th at his position placed.

“I don’t think this is a fair place,” Sanders told Adams. “As for Purdy, I just don’t understand why people keep sleeping on him. I was talking to Deebo [Samuel] last year about Purdy and I said, ‘Man, what’s up with Purdy?’ And he said, ‘Man, you should see him in the huddle. He comes into the group, he plays with a certain confidence, he comes in and believes, he makes other guys believe.” And I’ve played with quarterbacks like that, and that’s the type of guy the 49ers have.

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“I mean, last year he was just a few plays away from being a Super Bowl champion [No. 13 PFF ranking] still be the same? All I hear is a case of sleeping on Purdy, he will continue to prove them wrong.

As for Sanders, Purdy has proven everyone wrong and more after his two NFL seasons and won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Since being selected 262nd and final overall by San Francisco in the 2022 NFL Draft, Purdy has completed 422 passes for 5,654 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was also a first-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and AP All-Pro following the 2023 NFL season – Purdy’s first campaign as a Week 1 starter.

Purdy and the 49ers have adjusted ahead of the 2024 season and are expected to make another deep playoff run.

Entering his third season with San Francisco, Purdy will have Sanders’ unwavering support as the 49ers hunt for the franchise’s sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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“What a great story, from Mr. Irrelevant to being relevant and going to the Super Bowl last year,” Sanders concluded. “I support Purdy. I hope [San Francisco] finish it this year and win it all.”

Maybe Sanders can suit up for the 49ers, who have some questions to answer at wide receiver this season.

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