LISTEN: 49ers Defensive Coordinator Search & Roster Musings →
placeholder image

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kendrick Bourne says 49ers motivated after Super Bowl loss, shares what he learned from Emmanuel Sanders

Mar 23, 2020 at 5:17 PM--

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Fans were excited to see that the San Francisco 49ers placed a second-round tender on Kendrick Bourne, who will likely remain with the Bay Area squad. The high-energy receiver brings a fun dynamic to his fellow wideouts, and he proved to be a reliable target for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in clutch situations.

Observing social distancing because of COVID-19, Bourne spoke with Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area via a video interview.

"Just thrilled, man, and thankful for the Niners still believing in me after [three] years now," Bourne said of the second-round tender. "Even believing in me for year four, and just ready to attack it. It sucks that our OTAs are postponed. I was really excited to get back and get to work, be around the guys again.

"Just a little more time to work now, and get a little more polished before OTAs, so I guess that's cool too."

Bourne says he is more motivated this offseason, having experienced the incredible run his team went on during its 2019 campaign. He is grateful to now have playoff experience and believes that will help him and his teammates moving forward.

"(Head coach) Kyle (Shanahan), he knows how to get there," Bourne told Maiocco. "And the people that he brings in to make the route getting there easier ... Kyle was in there twice, so even how he thinks, he wants to win. His mindset gets more motivated when you lose."

That playoff experience, coupled with the loss in Super Bowl LIV, has created even more motivation for Bourne, who views this offseason differently than previous ones.

"There's just more motivation going through a loss like that for me because how I feel working out now in the offseason, just so motivated," he continued. "I want to get up and go to the field more than I did. ... Now the vision is so clear for the team. We went through the rebuilding. We did all the steps it took. And we got into the highest stage of the game."

Now, the 49ers will try to go even further and win a Super Bowl. They will try to do it without one of their key components on offense, though.

Bourne was among the players who campaigned for the 49ers to re-sign veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whom the team traded for in October. That didn't happen. Sanders will continue his career with the New Orleans Saints, who coincidentally host San Francisco again in 2020.

Despite playing just 13 games — including the postseason — with the 49ers, Sanders made an impact on the young receivers.

"The biggest thing with Emmanuel for me was just his conditioning and how long he can stay in the game," Bourne explained. "It was really impressive to me because I know if I'm in for like four plays, I'll be like huffing and puffing a little bit."

The young receiver says he learned how to push himself further even when he feels like he has hit a wall.

"His mindset was just amazing, just going through injuries and everything like that, all that kind of stuff," Bourne continued. "Just learning from that. Route running. I thought his route running was top of the league. Just learning all those little things, taking it from him."

You can watch the entire interview with Bourne below.

Facebook Comments

More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Cutting Through the Noise After the 49ers' Super Bowl Loss

By John Porter
Feb 20

Since the last pass of Super Bowl LVIII (I couldn't even tell you what happened in the aftermath, nor who caught the pass, I turned off as soon as the ball hit his hands), I've surprised myself. One would anticipate that I may have gone through the seven stages usually associated with grief, particularly since it was the third heart-shattering Super Bowl loss of my fandom (I'm a UK Niner who has, in some way, managed to watch, at times excruciatingly, every down of every season since 2005). Alas, no. I'm not even stuck in denial. It happened, we lost, but for once, I accepted it. I had my moments of despair, but overall, I was quite looking forward to a long break from the game, a chance to breathe, reset, and hopefully come back next year. Then, the crushing avalanche of

placeholder image

49ers O-lineman apologizes for throwing teammate under the bus after Super Bowl loss

By David Bonilla
Feb 13

The final offensive play of Super Bowl 58 was frustrating for San Francisco 49ers fans. In overtime, Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones broke through the line, preventing quarterback Brock Purdy from having enough time to find his open receivers in the end zone. The 49ers settled for a field goal, and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes proceeded to execute some unfortunate late-game magic. Fans weren't the only ones frustrated by the play. Initially, right tackle Colton McKivitz bore the brunt of the blame for missing the block on Jones. In an effort to defend McKivitz, veteran offensive lineman Jon Feliciano threw another teammate under the bus—guard Spencer Burford, who was lined up next to McKivitz. "I know you know all, so u should know

placeholder image

Cam Newton: 49ers' Super Bowl loss due to 'bad coaching'

By David Bonilla
Feb 19

While former NFL quarterback Cam Newton hasn't wavered in his opinions surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, who he said played "good enough" for the Bay Area team to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 58, he is directing blame for the loss elsewhere. "Field goal versus touchdown, that's not Brock Purdy," Newton said on his "4th and 1" podcast. "Why the [expletive] did they receive the ball first? It was Tony Romo who mentioned this—when you know what you have to get, now you have four downs to get it, not three." Newton added, "The 49ers, they were just trying to get points. And that is not Brock Purdy's fault. That's bad coaching. There was too many people who was exposed. They didn't know the real rules of

placeholder image

Brandon Aiyuk discusses future with 49ers, becomes emotional about Super Bowl loss

By David Bonilla
Feb 13

Brandon Aiyuk became emotional when asked what this San Francisco 49ers team meant to him—a group that boasted so much talent yet fell just short of winning the Super Bowl. The wide receiver couldn't hold back his emotions while praising his teammates, understandably ending the conversation with reporters on Tuesday. Before that, Aiyuk was asked about his future. There has been some speculation based on social media posts by those within the receiver's inner circle that Aiyuk may not want to remain with the 49ers in 2024. Aiyuk is signed through the upcoming season. The 49ers exercised his fifth-year option for the player but will likely seek to negotiate a contract


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone