Emmanuel Sanders will remember Kobe Bryant at Super Bowl LIV as the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver shared pictures of his custom cleats.

NBA great Bryant, 41, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in California last weekend.

Both the NFL and Super Bowl half-time acts Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are expected to remember Bryant's life in Miami on Sunday when the Niners face the Kansas City Chiefs.

The day before the sport's showpiece event, Sanders revealed details of a personal tribute, uploading images of red and gold cleats with a picture of Bryant, the words 'rest in peace' and the numbers 24 and 8, which adorned his jersey when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Alongside the images, Sanders wrote the Bryant quote: "I'll do whatever it takes to win. Whether it's sitting on the bench waiving a towel. Handing out cups of water to my teammates or hitting the game winning shot.”

Emmanuel Sanders said "the sky is the limit" for Jimmy Garoppolo and the undefeated San Francisco 49ers after the quarterback threw four touchdowns in a 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Niners improved to 8-0 with the victory over their NFC West rivals as Garoppolo completed 28 of his 37 passing attempts for 317 yards and four scores.

Sanders, acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos last week, also had a big night, reeling in seven catches for 112 yards.

The wide receiver also had a one-yard TD at the end of the second quarter, which gave San Francisco a 21-7 lead at the interval.

"This is one of those games that Jimmy had a coming-out party for me," Sanders told reporters.

"I'm looking forward to continuously gain chemistry with him and getting better and better. The sky is the limit."

Sanders was full of praise for his quarterback, who he said "was on fire".

Garoppolo has been perceived as the Niners' weak link, with their defensive front and offensive rushing attack garnering much of the praise instead, though that was certainly not the case on Thursday.

"He's young, but at the same time, the sky is the limit," Sanders added.

"In his head, he wants to be great."

Trades were all the talk around the NFL on Tuesday.

We look at those transactions and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Broncos trade Sanders to 49ers

It was reported that the Denver Broncos dealt two-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tand a fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers, with NFL Media noting the latter were in on Mohamed Sanu before he went to the New England Patriots. In return, the Broncos received third- and fourth-round picks in 2020 from the Niners.

Sanders, who should welcome the change of scenery joining a playoff contender, has 565 catches for 7,391 and 39 touchdowns over 134 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Broncos.

Patriots acquire Sanu from Falcons

Super Bowl champions New England acquired the wide receiver from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick. Sanu farewelled the Falcons and their fans on Twitter.

Sanu played at Rutgers with the McCourty brothers and Patriots assistant Steve Belichick before being drafted in 2012 by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he remained until he signed with Atlanta in 2016. He has 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown this season.

Hall of Fame cornerback Brown dies aged 78

No cause of death has been made public, but support has been overflowing on social media.

Willie Brown will be best remembered on the field for his interception of the Minnesota Vikings' Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl 11 in 1977 that became an iconic moment in the game's history.

He later served as a defensive backfield coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1979 to 1988 and also was the head coach at Long Beach State in 1991.

Two things that don't matter

Peterson says he's 'ready to go'

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson insisted he will play against his former team in Minnesota on Thursday despite an MRI revealing a Grade 1 high ankle sprain and a Grade 2 low ankle sprain. Peterson initially injured his ankle during Sunday's game against the 49ers after fumbling, finishing with 20 carries for 81 yards. 

The 34-year-old, who has a long history of injuries, has rushed for 307 yards and one touchdown on 83 carries in six games this season. 

XFL reveals schedule for 2020 season

The league is set to open play February 8 when the D.C. Defenders visit the Seattle Dragons. The XFL's eight teams, which have been divided into two divisions, will have 10 games from February 8 to April 12 before the playoffs begin later that month and the championship game takes place April 26.

"It's a big moment for us,'' XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said. "We've got great time slots on the weekends. We think it's a well-designed schedule in terms of competitive balance.''

One video you have to see

Dion Jordan looks ready to get to work.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Le'Veon Bell held nothing back as he bashed the NFL and defended his quarterback on Twitter after Sam Darnold was heard on "Monday Night Football" saying he was "seeing ghosts."

The unbeaten San Francisco 49ers, looking to bolster their receiving corps, have acquired Denver Broncos wideout Emmanuel Sanders, according to multiple reports.

Denver sent Sanders and a fifth-round pick to the Niners for third and fourth-round picks in 2020, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

The New England Patriots earlier in the day acquired wideout Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders heading to San Francisco takes another attractive player off the market for teams looking for wide receiver help.

Sanders, speaking to CBS Denver upon leaving the Broncos' facility, said: "Any time you break up, you leave, it's hard.

"We had a great run out here in Denver. Obviously all good things come to an end, but I'm looking forward to getting out to San Fran and showcasing my talent, meeting the guys, adding my explosiveness and capabilities to their system and trying to win."

The Broncos last year dealt Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans for a 2019 fourth-round pick and were looking for better for Sanders, 32.

He has 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns seven games into the last season of a three-year, $33million contract that pays him $10.25m this season.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in practice in December and also underwent surgery on his right ankle in January.

However, he made a remarkable recovery and was a full participant in training camp by the middle of August.

Sanders will likely welcome a change of scenery and the chance to play for a playoff contender.

In 134 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Broncos, Sanders has 565 catches for 7,391 yards and 39 touchdowns.

His best season with the Broncos was his first, 2014, when he had 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. Sanders was the leading receiver in Super Bowl 50, which Denver won by beating the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium, home of the 49ers, at the end of the 2015 campaign.

Emmanuel Sanders said the Denver Broncos are "living in a world of suck" following their winless start to the NFL season.

The Broncos dropped to 0-3 in 2019 after Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Wide receiver Sanders – who finished with just two catches for 10 yards – was asked about Denver's struggles when he met with reporters after the game. 

"Times are rough around here," Sanders said. "Obviously, the past three years — it's been tough. Trying to get it right.

"We sit at 0-3. We're living in a world of suck. Football is still fun, but it's not so much fun when you're losing, especially when you prepare as hard as you can, you go out and have four targets, two catches and 10 yards. But there's always next week, so I'm optimistic."

Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco completed 20 of his 29 passes for 213 yards with an interception against Green Bay, while Courtland Sutton finished with a team-high five receptions for 87 yards. Phillip Lindsay rushed for Denver's only two touchdowns in the loss. 

The Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4. They last made the playoffs in 2015. 

The Oakland Raiders and their fans wanted an answer to the big question entering Monday's game against the Denver Broncos: How will the team do without Antonio Brown? 

Oakland received their answer and shut out the Broncos in the first half before posting a 24-16 win in their NFL opener.

The fans? Well, they certainly had something to say about the past week that ended with Brown's eventual release just two days before the game.

By the end of the matchup, Brown's name was being used less and less while quarterback Derek Carr settled in with his new offense.

The Broncos also started the season with new personnel. Denver came to the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with a new head coach, new co-ordinators and a new starting quarterback. But their debut did not go as smoothly.

Here are three takeaways from the Raiders' win over the Broncos.

 

Raiders offense seemingly just fine

Yes, it is only Week 1. Yes, the Raiders still have a lot of work to do. But with all the spotlight on Oakland over the last week, the team came out strong against their long-time AFC West rivals. 

Carr orchestrated the win with almost an entirely new offense. There are new starters at tight end and fullback, a new receiving corps, a reconstructed offensive line led by tackle Trent Brown, who joined the Raiders this offseason, and a rookie running back in Josh Jacobs.

The Raiders showed off a balanced attack throughout the game. Carr connected with Tyrell Williams for a quick eight-yard score.

Then, he handed the ball off to Jacobs near the goal line. He would carry the ball into the end zone one more time.

Carr finished 22-of-26 passing for 259 yards and the touchdown. Williams, who came to the Raiders by way of the Los Angeles Chargers in the offseason, led Oakland with 105 yards and the score on six catches. Jacobs impressed in his debut with 23 carries for 85 yards and his two touchdowns.

Flacco came up short on Broncos debut

It is all about the new for these two teams and the Broncos had a new face under centre. 

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco was tasked with stringing together all the moving parts, including another veteran in his first year with the team, head coach Vic Fangio. 

But it was not the start either were hoping for. Nothing ever really got going in the new Flacco era, minus a few impressive completions you would expect from a 12-year QB.

The Broncos barely used a now healthy Emmanuel Sanders, who showed his explosiveness late in the game by helping Denver get into the end zone for their only touchdown of the night.

Flacco ultimately finished with 268 yards and one touchdown on 21-of-31 passing. Instead of Sanders, it was Courtland Sutton who led Denver's receivers. He finished with 120 yards on seven receptions.

Raiders defense delivered

With a name like Von Miller, one would expect Denver's defensive unit to steal the show. However, that was not the case on Monday. It was the Raiders' defense that had an impressive outing.

After holding the Broncos to zero points in the first half, the Raiders minimised Denver's scoring opportunities. 

When Denver did get into the red zone, they succumbed to Oakland's pressure, which tallied three sacks, until the Broncos eventually scored their late TD. 

For one game at least, the Raiders made a big improvement from last season.

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