20 Feb Previewing Brandon Aiyuk’s Sophomore Year
During the offseason, the 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick. After Emmanuel Sanders left to the New Orleans Saints, it was expected for the 49ers to draft a Wide Receiver, but to the shock of many, the 49ers drafted stud Defensive Tackle, out of South Carolina, Javon Kinlaw. The 49ers next pick was the 31st overall pick, where it was anticipated they would draft Denzel Mims, Chase Claypool,or the best receiver available. This time, the 49ers moved up to the 25th spot, to draft Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk.
Brandon Aiyuk had a spectacular season, almost breaking Jerry Rice’s rookie receiving yards record. Unfortunately for Aiyuk, he missed four games in an injury-loaded season for the 49ers. The rookie wideout had either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown in 9 out of 10 games during the season. He finished the year with 748 yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 77 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns. With Deebo Samuel racking many injuries throughout the season, Aiyuk took the role of WR1 and arguably was a top-three rookie receivers.
What Will Aiyuk Bring For The 49ers In 2022?
Aiyuk´s splendid first season exhibited many moments of quality aported a new weapon to a receiver-struggling 49ers team. In his second season, hopefully with the 49ers injuries reducing, Aiyuk will have the opportunity to break out with a starting caliber quarterback. With many news flying about the 49ers next starting quarterback for the 2020 season, Aiyuk can finally display his dexterity to a new and improved 49ers offense. Aiyuk demonstrated his expertise as a receiver and a rusher. Aiyuk will produce great plays and with the company of players like George Kittle and Deebo Samuel, the 49ers offense will be almost unstoppable.