No. 3 player who benefits from Trey Lance: WR Jauan Jennings
Deebo Samuel’s offseason holdout opened up the door for a number of San Francisco’s depth receivers to see additional snaps during the team’s organized team activities.
One of them is third-year wideout Jauan Jennings, who went from an afterthought on the practice squad in 2020 to one of the 49ers’ most productive third-down possession receivers over the course of 2021 and into the playoffs.
Seriously, it felt as if each one of Jennings’ 24 catches for 282 yards last season came in a clutch moment.
But that was with Jimmy Garoppolo (mostly) at the helm.
It’s unclear whether or not Trey Lance can take advantage of Jennings’ physicality. However, if there’s good news stemming from OTAs, it’s that Lance already appears to be building a rapport with the former Tennessee standout, at least according to Sports Illustrated:
"Received a team-high five targets during team drills and caught five of them. The passes he didn’t catch were errant throws. It’s clear Lance trusts Jennings. That’s his safety blanket."
Granted, Samuel being out meant those passes had to go somewhere else.
But if Jennings winds up being the primary third-down benefactor, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the wide receiver put up even more impressive and more important numbers compared to a year ago.