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Kyle Shanahan Sends Warning to Brandon Aiyuk About Playing Time

Larry Rupp
Kyle Shanahan sends a warning to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk about his playing time.
Kyle Shanahan sends a warning to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk about his playing time. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

One of the more surprising storylines from Week 1 of the NFL was the complete lack of involvement for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. The second-year pro saw zero targets on the day and only touched the ball while returning punts.

Many speculated that Aiyuk's lingering hamstring injury is what caused him to see less time on the field. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that the play of WR Trent Sherfield had a lot to do with it as well. Shanahan recently sent a warning to Aiyuk regarding his playing time on the field.

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Aiyuk ended up playing in 47% of the offensive snaps, while Sherfield appeared in 49%. The two wideouts seemingly split the work of the No. 2 role behind starter Deebo Samuel. Nevertheless, it was Sherfield's time to shine as he hauled in his second career touchdown catch in the first quarter.

This is a development that almost no one saw coming after Aiyuk destroyed one defense after another during his rookie season. Overall, the 2020 first-round pick racked up 748 yards on 60 receptions and scored 5 touchdowns in 12 games played last year.

Shanahan also expressed that he has talked to Aiyuk one-on-one about how this simply comes down to production. The 23-year-old will see more time out on the field if he shows improvement in his game.

Fans will get another looks at how the snap rates compare when the 49ers go on the road to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 NFL action. San Francisco is currently a 3.5-point road favorite in that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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