San Francisco 49ers: will Brandon Aiyuk make the Pro Bowl next season?
One position the San Francisco 49ers haven’t prioritized when approaching this offseason is wide receiver. With Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk at the top of the table, it looks like head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager have confidence in their current squad.
Aiyuk and Samuel are YAC monsters capable of making big plays with the ball in their hands. Sadly, both receivers faced injury issues that kept them from playing in all 16 games, but they will give adjustments to opposing defenses if they are healthy in 2021.
As a rookie, Aiyuk and the remaining 2020 Draft Class have been forced to miss key in-person team practices due to the pandemic. Still, Arizona’s product was impressive in his first year in the NFL.
Aiyuk, 22, racked up 60 receptions for 748 yards and five touchdowns. His total receiving yards were third by a 49ers rookie behind only Samuel and the great Jerry Rice. Aiyuk also added six carries for 77 yards and two rushing scores.
Connor Orr of Sports Illustrated has put together his list of 10 NFL players who could make their first Pro Bowl appearance in 2021 and has Aiyuk among them.
Bet against the No. 1 offensive receiver Kyle Shanahan at your own risk. While Deebo Samuel led the league on average split last year, Aiyuk still walked right behind him, although he was asked to take on more difficult roles within the attack that sometimes don’t provide the same opportunities. match. Still, this is a receiver drafted for a role that has been wonderfully productive over time for those who play it well. In addition, the 49ers could move to quarterback in the near future. At some point the pattern will change and having a quarterback adding their hand into the running game will also force teams to cover the 49ers differently. It could also lead to a higher cap for Aiyuk.
Aiyuk posted solid numbers in 2020 despite playing most of his shots with substitute Nick Mullens in QB.
Yards per game: 62.3
Yards per reception: 12.5
YAC yards: 289
% catch: 62.5
% drop: 5.2
Having a full offseason should be a big help for Aiyuk entering his second season. The 49ers have had a huge OTA turnout, and players will be able to spend a lot more time training at the team’s facilities in Santa Clara.
If he is able to stay healthy for all 16 games, Aiyuk is expected to approach 1,000 receiving yards in 2021. He has shown his ability to part ways with opposing defenders and poses a major threat when he puts the ball in. his hands near the line of sight. melee.
Do you think Aiyuk has a legitimate chance of becoming a pro Bowler next season? Who do you think will post the best numbers next season with Aiyuk and Samuel?