Jimmy Garoppolo needs help from 49ers list to improve in 2020

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The 2020 season is an important turning point for the 49ers in their quest for an extended championship window. Perhaps no player is more important to their short and long term success than quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

He went 13-3 in his first full season as a starter, but will not be able to repeat this success by himself.

Here are six players who must step up their efforts in 2020 to help Garoppolo take a step forward:

WR Dante Pettis

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Pettis ‘second rocky season delayed the 49ers’ attack. It took off when Emmanuel Sanders arrived via a mid-season swap, but Garoppolo ended the season by actually launching the same three receivers in every game. Pettis has shown that he can be a threat at all three levels during his rookie season, and he will have to play a bigger role in 2020 to help resume some of the game after Sanders’ departure during the offseason. It doesn’t have to be a # 1 or even # 2 receiver, but it has to gain more than 24 targets.

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