Other than the addition of Deebo Samuels, our wide receiver position is looking like the same unremarkable position group we had last season. No one seems sure why Kyle Shanahan chose to bench Dante Pettis in game one, Marquise Goodwin once again underperformed and we are once again turning to mediocre players like Richie James and Kendrick Bourne. Anyone else feeling a major case of deja vu?
No, I am not impressed that Bourne led the team with 487 yards receiving last season. That is more an embarrassment than anything to be proud of. While the guy has his share of highlights, he is mainly inconsistent, drops passes at important moments, and really is not the type of player you want to have to depend on when the game is on the line.
I really thought Dante Pettis would be raising eyebrows by the end of training camp but the only eyebrows he has raised is those that are baffled by his inability to raise his game to the next level. Perhaps Shanahan needs to play him and see what happens?
I loved the Jimmy Garoppolo to Marquise Goodwin show in 2017. Goodwin was running good routes and the two seemed to have a special chemistry between them. It would be nice to see that rekindled but I did not see much going on between the two in game one. Goodwin had a couple of very good excuses for his decline last year but it is time to step up and show us that the Goodwin of 2017 was not a fluke.
I know he was a rookie but I really was anything but impressed by Richie James at the wide receiver position last season. While there were lots of reports during the 2018 training camp about his ability to get separation, he seemed to lack that ability once the season started. While I credit Kyle Shanahan for putting him in a matchup that he was able to exploit in game one and am sure Kyle will be able to do that with James from time to time, I don’t see him as anything other than a role player.
Deebo got more than his share of work in game one and I am only expecting his role to continue to increase. Hopefully he is up to the task because we really need him to step up immediately. If he can step up and Pettis can live up to expectations than we should be productive at the wide receiver position. Add in a healthy Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd and we might even be adequate at the position but, I am more than a little skeptical at the moment.
Now onto the sizzling hot links:
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