5 Players Who Will Benefit in Chip Kelly’s Offense
By Jerod Brown
The San Francisco 49ers have placed their offensive success in the hands of a coach that has proven he can make even average players productive. Whether that translates to wins remains to be seen.
Nonetheless, with young players that need to get healthy to reach their potential, it is encouraging to see the 49ers bring someone in with a system designed to maximize potential on offense.
The pace and efficiency of Chip Kelly’s offense have been discussed ad nauseam but the truth is that he’s found a way to make most players effective. The strain that Kelly’s defense might feel is a different issue but the offensive qualities that Kelly will introduce to the 49ers will be a welcomed upgrade following the Geep Chryst failures of 2015.
The 49ers have an above-average, young and impressive running back in Carlos Hyde that should benefit from lighter fronts and designed runs to highlight his strengths as a player that forces missed tackles.
DeAndre Smelter’s size and strength make him an effective blocker and big-bodied receiver to win routes at the line of scrimmage against smaller defensive backs.Garrett Celek has the athleticism to mirror his brother’s success as one of Kelly’s tight ends that posted surprising yards per reception averages.
If Nick Foles and Sam Bradford can succeed in this offense, it’s easy to see why many people think Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick are more than enough at quarterback. Lastly, Torrey Smith’s skill set will finally be utilized, making him a valuable offensive piece and worth the contract that the 49ers gave him last offseason.
Many players stand to benefit from the offense that Chip Kelly employs in 2016. However, the five players listed here may finally see collective success because of what Kelly offers them as a complete offensive unit.
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