The San Francisco 49ers have been greater than happy with the outcomes Brandon Aiyuk has offered them in his rookie season. Regardless of the damage to Jimmy Garoppolo, Aiyuk has thrived within the 49ers offensive scheme — main the crew in receptions (59), receiving yards (733), and receiving touchdowns (5). The rookie has achieved all this whereas lacking three video games as a result of COVID-19.
Aiyuk is closing in on Jerry Rice’s franchise file for receiving yards in a rookie season, needing 195 yards over his closing two video games to surpass Rice (who set the mark in 1985 with 927 yards). Aiyuk is averaging 66.6 yards per sport, so he will not catch Rice at his present tempo. If Aiyuk had been in a position to play all 14 video games, he would have surpassed Rice by now in all chance.
Aiyuk nonetheless has a chance to move Rice and set the mark, however he has his personal objectives to attain. The mindset Aiyuk has towards the sport is actually harking back to the best extensive receiver ever.
“Going right into a sport, my mindset is that I’ll have 200 yards — after which go from there,” Aiyuk stated to reporters Wednesday. “The mindset is to not fear about that file, however to have the right sport, which I’ve but to do.
“If on the finish of the season I lookup and the file is damaged, that may be fairly thrilling. We now have two video games left and (the video games are) the primary focus proper now.”
Aiyuk is second in franchise historical past for receptions in a rookie season, needing 24 catches to surpass Earl Cooper’s file of 83 (1980). He has caught 45 passes for 568 yards and has six complete touchdowns (4 receiving, two dashing) over his final six video games.
Among the many rookie receivers, Aiyuk is fourth in receiving yards and catches, whereas being tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns. One other reminder he missed three video games.
To move Rice, Aiyuk must common 97.5 yards a sport over the ultimate two video games. His 94.7 receiving yards per sport over the previous six video games showcases Aiyuk has a fighters’ probability of setting the mark.