Updated Wide Receiver Depth Chart for 49ers Ahead of Training Camp
With the NFL Draft and height of free agency in the rear view mirror, it is time to start looking ahead to training camps kicking off and then the start of the 2021 season. A lot of prolific wide receivers were drafted, but the San Francisco 49ers opted to address other positions of need instead.
The 49ers enter the 2021 season with hopes of making the playoffs for the second time in the last three seasons. It may come down to whether or not they have depth needed at WR to give their starting quarterback, whether its Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance, enough offensive weapons to work with.
Here's a look at the 49ers' updated WR depth chart for 2021.
49ers WR Depth Chart 2021
1. Deebo Samuel
Deebo Samuel has been the No. 1 option in the 49ers' passing attack over the last few seasons, but only played in 7 games last year due to hamstring and foot injuries. He seems ready to go and will look to build on his career average of 4.1 catches and 54.2 receiving yards per game.
2. Brandon Aiyuk
Brandon Aiyuk burst onto the scene last year as a rookie. Aiyuk stepped into a larger role given Samuel's injuries and racked up 748 yards on 60 receptions. He also rushed for 77 yards on 6 carries and scored 7 total touchdowns. Don't be surprised if Aiyuk challenges for the No. 1 WR spot this season.
3. Richie James
This is where San Francisco's depth starts to dwindle, but Richie James is hoping to put that notion to the test. He averaged an impressive 17.1 yards per receptions last season and posted a career-high 394 yards on 23 receptions. He enters training camp as the favorite to earn the 49ers' starting slot receiver spot.
4. Jalen Hurd
Jalen Hurd is an intriguing player for the 49ers as he has missed each of his first two NFL seasons due to injuries. He was originally a third round draft pick by San Francisco in 2019 and has a great combination of size and speed. Hurd is certainly on the roster bubble, but he could also earn increased playing time with a strong showing in training camp.
5. Trent Sherfield
6. Mohamed Sanu
7. Travis Benjamin
8. River Cracraft
9. Bennie Fowler
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