• Matt Woolsey

Early Prediction: Which WR Will Lead in Yards?

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Last season the 49ers added Dante Pettis to the receiving corps. This season they added not only second-round pick Deebo Samuel, but also third-round pick Jalen Hurd. High draft capital being spent on the wide receivers the past few years. Which makes sense; the 49ers have not had a 1,000-yard receiver since Anquan Boldin in 2014. Since the year 2000, only three wide receivers have crossed the 1,000-yard mark. Terrell Owens did it in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Then it wasn’t until 2012 when Michael Crabtree surpassed the 1,000-yard mark,followed by Boldin in 2013 and 2014. Yes, the team needs more production out of this group, so it’s no wonder they used a few draft picks to help booster the receivers. But, who will lead the young group of receivers in 2019?Can any of them reach 1,000 yards?

Marquise Goodwin

The veteran wide receiver came close to the 1,000 mark in 2017, but last year was plagued with injuries and personal issues off the field.The 2017 season also happens to be the only one in his six-year career in which he played a full 16 games. Goodwin has had issues staying on the field and I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses a game or two in 2019. I think it’s about time the 49ers move on from Goodwin, so no, I do not think he will lead the team in yards.

Jordan Matthews

Is this guy even going to make the team post-training camp?

Trent Taylor

In 2017 Taylor made himself a third-down threat, but like Goodwin he was plagued with injuries in 2018. I do not view Taylor as a big-yardage guy. He will continue to play from the slot and hopefully get back to be a go-to guy on third down but leading the team in yardage is not in his wheelhouse.

Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd

The new guys. Sure, the team has high hopes for these guys to use a second- and a third-round pick, respective, on them. If either of them has a chance at being the guy, it’s Deebo. I think Hurd is going to start out to far down the depth chart to make any huge contributions and pad his stats. But it is also hard for rookies to come in and take the reins and run with it. So, I do not believe Deebo will be the guy either.

And just for the record I do believe any of the wide receivers listed up above will cross the 1,000-yard threshold, which leadsus to our final wide receiver:

Dante Pettis

I am expecting big things out of Pettis this season. I own him in a few dynasty fantasy football leagues. Yes, it is a small sample size but if you average out Pettis’ last four games of the season he would have a season total of over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. I think the touchdowns may be a bit high, but if everyone can stay healthy, including Pettis (he missed some time last season as well),I envision him not only leading the team but finally giving the Red and Gold their first 1,000-yard receiver in five years.

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