• Matt Woolsey

49ers Offensive Players to Watch Against Eagles

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The 49ers had a great showing last Sunday on both sides of the ball against the New York Football Giants. This week the 49ers take on the Eagles in front of the whole world on Sunday night.

Nick Mullens will once again get the start under center for the Red and Gold and I expect he will be well prepared for the team from the City of Brotherly Love. In fact, Mullens played so well against the Giants last week the 49ers never punted once. The last time the 49ers did this was in 1993 when they defeated the Lions 55-17. Fun fact: the offensive coordinator was Kyle’s dad, Mike Shanahan.

Another offensive player we should be looking at this Sunday is the return of The People’s Tight End, George Kittle. Kittle missed Weeks 2 and 3 after suffering a knee sprain in Week 1 vs. the Cardinals. He isn’t even listed on the injury report for Week 4 at all so expect Kittle to “Cry Havoc and let slip the Dogs of war!”

I am also looking forward to seeing how Shanahan utilizes rookie Brandon Aiyuk in Week 4. Against the Giants, Aiyuk led the team with eight targets for 70 yards. He also had three rushes for 31 yards and a touchdown. Aiyuk reminds me a lot of last year’s standout Deebo Samuel, who will make his 2020 debut Sunday night.

As a rookie last year, Samuel led the wide receivers in targets and yards. In Week 1, we saw the effect that not having dynamic players in the receiving corps had on the offense. I am looking for Week 4 to be a complete 180 from Week 1 and even better than last week with Kittle and Samuel returning to action.

The final player I am looking forward to seeing is Jeff Wilson Jr. I know there are probably some people in the NFL community who do not know who Wilson is, but fans of the 49ers know, and he’s been filling in nicely due to the injuries sustained by Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jerick McKinnon. Last season he scored twice - once through the air and once on the ground. Look for Wilson to run all over the Eagles’ defense on Sunday.

I wouldn’t expect a shellacking like the 49ers gave both New York teams the past two weeks, but I am expecting the 49ers to come away with an easy victory.

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