Heading into the offseason, the 49ers‘ broad receiver place one of many least of their worries, although they’ll wish to add some depth.
ESPN’s Mike Clay made some predictions in free company and has the San Francisco 49ers signing Indianapolis Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton:
“If the Colts improve to Allen Robinson, that can means the tip of Hilton’s time with the workforce that drafted him. Hilton will definitely be trying to be part of a contender in his age-32 season, and the 49ers are a match. Deebo Samuel (2019 second spherical) and Brandon Aiyuk (2020 first spherical) kind a doubtlessly excellent duo, however accidents and inexperience loom massive. Hilton would convey reliability and a veteran presence to the broad receiver room.”
Hilton completed this previous season having 56 catches for 762 yards and 5 touchdowns. 2020 marked his second-straight weekend with lower than 800 receiving yards after by no means ending with lower than 861 in his first seven years within the league. Hilton is a four-time Professional Bowler and has 5 1,000-yard seasons, along with his highest being of 1,448 yards in 2016. The final time Hilton reached a 1,000-yard was in 2018 when he had 1,270 on 76 receptions.
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Accidents Loom the Niners’ WR Depth
The 49ers lucked out in 2019 drafting Deebo Samuel within the second spherical of the 2019 NFL Draft Brandon Aiyuk 25th total final April as each gamers have made fairly the influence.
In his rookie 12 months, Samuel had 57 receptions for 802 yards and three touchdowns with 14 rushes for 159 yards and three scores. Final season was botched for Samuel after Deebo suffered a Jones fracture which saved him sidelined for the primary three video games after which missed a handful of different video games because of a hamstring harm and COVID-19 protocols. He completed the season enjoying in simply seven video games having 33 receptions for 391 yards and a rating.
Aiyuk’s 2020 season was a bit extra profitable having 60 receptions, 748 yards, 5 touchdowns, six rushes for 77 yards, and two scores.
So long as each keep wholesome, they’re more likely to headline the Niners’ broad receiver depth chart in 2021.
49ers’ Different Wideout Choices
In fact, the Niners presently produce other choices at broad receiver however they’re not the consistency they want.
Richie James Jr.’s contract isn’t up till 2021 and whereas he’s proven some flashes, he hasn’t been a dependable third choice. He completed the final season with a career-high 23 receptions for 394 yards.
Kendrick Bourne is ready to turn into an unrestricted free agent after ending 2020 having a career-high season with 49 receptions and 667 yards. Bourne additionally added two touchdowns. Bourne could possibly be out of the Niners’ finances as soon as he hits the open market at $6.three million.
The Niners might additionally lose Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd, who sadly haven’t lived as much as expectations.
The Niners may fork up some cash for Bourne if they will or presumably give James extra enjoying time, but when not then anticipate coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch to look to free-agency whether or not it’s Hilton or one other reasonably priced free agent.
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