Despite losing key players in NFL free agency, the 49ers still have a talented roster, yet Kyle Shanahan has to feature these three players more in 2022.
As we’ve now crossed over the 2022 NFL league year, which began on March 16, the San Francisco 49ers were expected to be one of the busiest teams this time around.
Of course, the biggest thing to watch in the new year was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s fate, which ultimately segways into 2021 rookie Trey Lance being named the full-time starter.
Aside from that, though, the team’s primary focus was helping maintain a playoff-caliber roster.
Despite numerous free agents hitting the open market, and a number of key players like left guard Laken Tomlinson and nose tackle D.J. Jones departing, the Niners still have a championship pedigree along with a roster ready to compete now.
Their window is wide open, but head coach Kyle Shanahan must do more to feature three key offensive players for San Francisco to win the Super Bowl this upcoming season.
Let’s get into who needs to be boosted up more.
No. 3: 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk has clearly become a stable centerpiece for the 49ers offense, but his involvement at times, or lack thereof, is such a head-scratcher considering the versatility he brings to the team.
Since joining the Niners in 2017, his offensive production has slightly dipped as he became more of a viable blocking option in the run game. During the 2022 season, he was targeted 38 times as a receiver while adding another eight touches as a featured runner.
For as important a player Juszczyk is to the team, it seems like he would have a much larger impact, statistically speaking. Out of the 46 touches he accrued throughout the season, only two of them went for scores.
Despite his pedestrian stat line, Juszczyk is probably just as vital to the team as any other skill-position player.
In order for this offense to truly flourish and take flight, Shanahan will need to remove the shackles from certain players like Juszczyk and let them showcase their abilities by making them more featured in the offense.