Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Boundary Wide Receivers: Antonio Brown, Dante Pettis
Slot Receiver: Richie James
Tight End: George Kittle
San Francisco’s leading wide receiver last year was Kendrick Bourne with just 487 receiving yards in 2018. Veteran wideout Marquise Goodwin, after a breakout 2017 campaign, failed to come close to replicating his efforts last season, largely due to injuries and setbacks.
Both Bourne and Goodwin are likely destined for non-starting roles in 2019, at least according to Kyle Shanahan (h/t Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area).
While soon-to-be second-year pro Dante Pettis should see an increased role this year, the 49ers need to make a big splash at the position somehow. Two names come up, the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown.
Sure, Brown will turn 31 years old before the regular season begins. But the six-time Pro Bowler would be a tremendous weapon in Shanahan’s offense, for sure.
Meanwhile, slot receiver Richie James is far more explosive than his counterpart, 2017 draft-pick Trent Taylor.
And tight end George Kittle set records in 2018. No need to change anything there.