The SF 49ers take on the NY Giants in Week 3. Here are five players who will shine.
After last week’s injury reckoning against the New York Jets, it almost feels like the SF 49ers 2020 season is over.
However, despite the brutal losses San Francisco suffered, most notably star defensive end Nick Bosa, the season continues.
And the Niners still have a strong team.
This week, that team faces off against the New York Giants. The Giants are currently 0-2 for the season and are not a particularly good team. Even with the injuries, the SF 49ers should have little trouble getting a win this week.
The 49ers should exit Week 3 at 2-1, and in the process, different players will step up and lead the team. Whether it be because they are stepping up in the wake of injuries, or simply because they are dominating, here are five players who will shine this week against the Giants, in no particular order.
No. 1: SF 49ers Running Back Jerick McKinnon
First up on this list of players who will shine for the 49ers this week is running back Jerick McKinnon.
After two years of injury, McKinnon has now finally gotten to take the field for the 49ers. In his two games so far, he has looked good, primarily featuring in the offense as a pass-catching back. He has looked explosive and elusive, and been a great versatile weapon in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense, scoring a touchdown in each game.
McKinnon shined in his role for the first two weeks of the season and now with fellow backs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert expected to miss time due to injury, McKinnon will likely be the Niners’ lead back this week, and possibly in the weeks to come.
Based on how he looked the first two weeks of the season, expect McKinnon to thrive in this role. Shanahan has waited two years to get to incorporate McKinnon into his dominant rushing attack, and now he will be making McKinnon the focal point of the 49ers’ ground game.
With his ability combined with this opportunity, McKinnon will shine this week.