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49ers News: Jerry Rice Heaps Praise Onto Brandon Aiyuk

Larry Rupp
San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice heaped praise onto wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
San Francisco 49ers legend Jerry Rice heaped praise onto wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers will look to bounce back after a disappointing 6-10 season last year. One reason 49ers fans should be so excited about the future of this team is the upside of second-year wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and his ability to transform this passing attack.

In fact, it looks like San Francisco legend Jerry Rice is also a big supporter of the young playmaker.

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Rice was asked about Aiyuk in a recent interview he completed from the American Century Championship. He din't hold back on the praise. Rice explained why he believes that the 23-year-old pass-catcher will take it to another level in his second NFL season.

"I think he’s going to come in and, you know, with a year under his belt he is going to be a better football player. His commitment, his route-running, he is very explosive downfield, he can catch the ball underneath, he can do it all.”

Jerry Rice on Brandon Aiyuk

As the 49ers' 2020 first-round pick, Aiyuk did not mess around during his rookie season. The former Arizona State Sun Devil hauled in 60 of his 96 targets for 748 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also rushed for 77 yards on 6 carries and had 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Aiyuk was able to post those numbers despite playing in just 12 games due to a lingering hamstring injury. If he continues putting up that kind of production, he might prove Rice right as early as a few weeks into the next NFL season.

The 49ers enter the fall with high aspirations and currently have the fourth-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1300, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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