Late this week, myself and Rob Lowder are going to talk about some projections for the San Francisco 49ers. From who will lead the team in sacks, to how many touchdowns Jimmy Garoppolo will throw. We’ll be going off the projections ESPN’s fantasy football writer Mike Clay. If you take a look, statistically, a lot of those projections seem pretty realistic, if not optimistic.
Because the Niners offense has so many mouths to feed, I think many will select a player outside of the obvious. Because the running backs will receive over 150 touches, they’ll have the best chances to score the most touchdowns. Figuring out who will be the goal line back is might help answer this question. Tevin Coleman because, size? Or does Kyle Shanahan ride the runner that got them into scoring position?
George Kittle will be the popular vote. How could he not be after last season? If Shanahan leans on him in the red zone, he’ll likely lead the team in touchdowns. Knowing that neither of the three running backs is known for being inside runners, Shanahan could see passing the ball as a more effective route down in the red zone. That could be beneficial for Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, or whoever else proves to be a viable threat in the Niners offense.
Try to think outside of the box. Could a Kaden Smith—big body type receiver with excellent hands—quietly lead the team in touchdowns? However this ends up, I think it’ll be more along the lines of 9-7-6-6-4 for the top five touchdown leaders on the team. There won’t be much separation at the top.
So who do you think leads the team in touchdowns next year?
Who will lead the 49ers in TDs
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