Instead, they enter the season 2020, with a bitter taste in the mouth, ready to revenge, with a majority of their own offensive weapons at their disposal. However, they have lost some key contributors, Emmanuel Sanders leaving for New Orleans and Matt Breida being shipped to Miami.
The Niners have added some firepower to the draft with the receiver wide Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State, but all in all, the coach Kyle Shanahan entrust to positions of competence, major parts relatively inexperienced.
Raheem Mostert and the receiver wide Deebo Samuel, two of the players that will carry a greater load on the team this season, are players who have become familiar names at the end of last season.
The 49ers should feel comfortable to rely on them? Well, if their figures at the level of the surface in the course of these eight games are an indication, then Kyle Shanahan will have a fire power extreme.
In 2019, Mostert was expected that the third runner on the table a depth behind Tevin Coleman and Breida, it was expected, therefore, that the greatest contribution of Mostert the team comes from special teams. While he excelled in this area, injuries in the backfield allowed him to have some opportunities to run the ball to mid-season. And he has never looked back.
Over the last eight games of the regular season and playoffs combined, including the Super Bowl, Mostert ran for 715 yards on 117 attempts with 11 touchdowns. Projected over a full season of 16 games, this rate of production would put him on pace for 234 attempts, 1430 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.
The leader of the regular season of the NFL last season, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, carried the ball 303 times for 1 540 yards and 16 touchdowns. Henry has completed an average of 5.1 yards per run, compared to an incredible 6,1 yards for Mostert in the course of this sequence.
The last of the 49ers who ran for rushing over 1,300 yards were Frank Gore in 2006 when he ran for a whopping 1695 yards. Yet in the course of his illustrious career, Gore has never rushed for over 10 touchdowns in a season, one shy of the total that Mostert has accumulated in the last eight games.
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With the winger, tight superstar George Kittle as the main focal point of the aerial attack, many have speculated that Samuel could make his way in the wide rotation of the receiver behind Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis.
Samuel, a rookie, has shown brief flashes of his potential during the first half of the season, but has really increased his game once the team has acquired Sanders to line up in front of him. The attention paid to Sanders has allowed Samuel to flourish in an open space and become the weapon dynamic that the 49ers knew that they had designed.
In fact, at the end of the season, Samuel has exceeded the production of Sanders by a margin healthy to become essentially the option of receiving wide n ° 1 of the team.
Over the last eight games of the regular season, Samuel has tallied 35 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns, which would have put us on the right path for a reception of 70 yards, a season of 1150 yards if this production had been performed during a schedule of 16 games. A recipient of the 49ers wide has not exceeded 1.150 yards received since Anquan Boldin in 2013 (1.179 yards).
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Samuel has also excelled in the ground attack. In the course of the last five games of the regular season, Samuel has rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns, which included, on a season of 16 games, a total of nearly 400 yards rushing and six touchdowns. The amount of precipitation, the highest in the regular season to an expander of the 49ers during the last decade has been recorded by Ted Ginn Jr. with 68 yards on the ground.
It remains to be seen how Mostert and Samuel will perform their duties to be the options of shooting n ° 1 for a whole season, but the numbers paint a picture very optimistic.
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