SF 49ers: 4 players who’ll keep rest of 2020 interesting
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: SF 49ers Wide Receiver Brandon Aiyuk
Of the SF 49ers’ two first-round picks from this year’s NFL Draft, wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has been the one making the most headlines.
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Sure, it’s far too soon to give up hope on defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. But as far as noticeable impact, both on the stat sheet and on highlight reels, Aiyuk has been the star of the Niners’ rookie class this season.
So far, Aiyuk has netted 28 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns through the air, which is second to tight end George Kittle for the team lead through nine games. With Kittle possibly out for the rest of the season with a foot injury, Aiyuk is in a perfect position to solidify himself as the team leader in these categories for the rest of 2020.
What makes Aiyuk all the more exciting to watch is how he’ll pair long term with fellow wideout Deebo Samuel.
While Samuel has also dealt with injuries this season, the thought of both he and Aiyuk teaming up to give San Francisco a legitimate one-two combination at the position is more than enticing. It’s been a while since the SF 49ers have boasted such a tandem.
Even with Samuel on the mend for much of 2020, Aiyuk’s presence on the field has been exceptional this season, and he’ll be an easy-to-watch player regardless of the Niners’ final record over the rest of the year.