The San Francisco 49ers beginning extensive receivers are unknown heading into the season and the accidents to Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel will not make Kyle Shanahan’s lineup choice any simpler. Kendrick Bourne has stepped up whereas the accidents mount in coaching camp and has gained some firm over the previous few days, however San Francisco’s first-round decide is beginning to make some severe noise. Brandon Aiyuk has turned some heads in observe and has even began lining up with the first-team offense, a designation he is earned based mostly on his efficiency. 

“He is received the flexibility and he is labored arduous from a psychological standpoint, so he is earned some reps there,” Shanahan mentioned in a convention name with reporters after observe Thursday. “He hasn’t been going with them on a regular basis. For probably the most half, our guys have been fairly interchangeable.”

The 49ers are nonetheless attempting to determine which of their receivers will begin Week 1, however they’re hoping Aiyuk can emerge because the game-breaking possibility. Hurd is out for the yr with a torn ACL and Samuel has a Jones fracture in his foot, leaving his standing for the opener unsure. San Francisco signed Tavon Austin and J.J. Nelson this week and nonetheless have Dante Pettis within the combine for a beginning spot, however Aiyuk has been the receiver that’s beginning to discover a area of interest within the offense. 

“The issues that I’ve observed is that he has unimaginable palms and that dude is de facto quick,” mentioned 49ers tight finish George Kittle, through NBC Sports activities Bay Space. “He would not even appear like he is working, he simply sort of glides alongside the bottom. It is sort of insane. I like seeing how he can get within the huddle with those and he can execute. That is actually enjoyable to see, and, in fact, all of us mess up generally however he at all times is available in and catches the following ball.

“Actually, I have never seen him drop a cross which is fairly sick, too. He is having an incredible camp thus far, and I do know that the longer we’re right here and collectively, the higher he’ll get.”

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has additionally been impressed with Aiyuk up to now, saying working routes “come naturally to him.” Whereas Aiyuk could also be on the primary crew for good quickly, Shanahan is not prepared handy him the job. 

“Proper now, those and twos are mixing a ton collectively, however Brandon’s nonetheless received quite a bit to be taught, quite a bit to go, however these practices are big for a rookie like that,” Shanahan mentioned. “We’re anticipating him to play quite a bit this yr, identical to we have been anticipating Deebo (Samuel) and Jalen [Hurd] final yr. 

“When it is that method, you’ve got received a whole lot of stress on you, so you’ll be able to’t miss a day otherwise you get behind and he is doing that each mentally and bodily.”


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