No. 1: Wide Receiver Deebo Samuel
If it’s not cornerback, wide receiver is also a top position the 49ers need to worry about this offseason. Especially with Emmanuel Sanders’ uncertain future.
Sanders’ presence for half the year last season helped developed then-rookie wideout Deebo Samuel, who ultimately benefited from Sanders being on the field. As a result, San Francisco’s second-round 2019 NFL Draft pick reached 802 receiving yards on 57 catches with three receiving touchdowns.
More from SF 49ers News
- DraftKings NFL Draft Promo – Win $150 Guaranteed on Any $5 Bet
- Updated 49ers salary cap space ahead of 2023 NFL Draft
- Deebo Samuel fully admits his hatred of LA Rams
- Brock Purdy jokingly says he’s learning to throw left-handed
- 49ers news: Trey Lance is in the dark regarding trade talk
If Sanders departs, there will ultimately be more pressure on Samuel to perform like a true No. 1 wide receiver.
On the positive side, Samuel looks to be more than capable of doing this. Particularly considering the 2020 draft is deep at the position, and the 49ers will probably end up grabbing a wideout to complement Samuel and the receiving corps.
But if that pending attempt doesn’t pan out, there are some notable concerns. Behind Samuel, the Niners don’t have a lot of bona fide options. Third-year wide receiver Dante Pettis all but disappeared down the stretch, while wideouts Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd spent the entire year on injured reserve.
It’s not wise to assume either of those three make a substantial impact in 2020.
Either way, Samuel has to be a go-to target for San Francisco’s offense this upcoming season regardless of what moves the team makes between now and Week 1.