What is the 49ers wide receiver outlook?
By: Jake Rajala
The San Francisco 49ers have played hot and cold with their beloved wideout Deebo Samuel this off-season. At this point — it appears that Samuel and the 49ers can actually come to an agreement in the near future. David Bonilla of 49ers Web Zone believes that it’s “likely” that the two sides come to an agreement in the coming weeks.
Samuel, also known as Percey Harvin 2.0, ousted 1,405 yds, a career-high 18.2 YPC, and 8 rushing TDs last season. He was given first-team All-Pro honors and PFF slabbed him an 87.2 grade for his 2021 performance.
Kyle Shanahan will expect Samuel to be a major threat, but they need Aiyuk to take the next step and earn a Pro Bowl nod. Aiyuk ousted 826 yds and 5 TDs in his sophomore season, but he could shine in 2022 with growth and extra attention on Aiyuk. PFF gave Aiyuk a 74.4 grade for his 2021 outcome. The 49ers potent WR duo is largely the reason why PFF listed the 49ers as the sixth-best WR group in the NFL, as well.
SF will also expect Jauan Jennings to be more productive in his sophomore season than his rookie season: 24 receptions, 282 yds, and 5 TDs. The rookie Danny Gray could be an x-factor on the 49ers offense. Gray clocked a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. It’s safe to say that Trey Lance will be delighted in frequently utilizing the deep-speed from Gray. The 49ers also have Ray-Ray McCloud, who recorded 277 yds last season.
Besides the incredible WR duo in the Bay Area, the 49ers will clearly lean on TE George Kittle to continue to be a major weapon. Kittle nicely knocked out 910 yards and 6 TDs (then earned his third Pro Bowl berth) after missing eight games last season. It’s clear that John Lynch and Shanny have orchestrated a lethal WR group for most likely Trey Lance in 2022.