2. With Emmanuel Sanders gone, which wide receiver will step up and be the 49ers’ WR1?
Here’s looking at you, Dante Pettis.
The 49ers haven’t had a true number one receiver since their last Super Bowl run. Former star wideout, Emmanuel Sanders decided to sign with NFC rival the New Orleans Saints in the offseason, which opened the door for any receiver to take control of the offense.
Last year we saw the emergence of rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel. If he plays against the Arizona Cardinals in the first game, he’ll be playing on a sore foot, which he broke this summer. But once he’d fully healed and truly clear of any lingering pain, he’ll be a force once again.
We also witnessed one of the biggest tumbles on a depth chart in a long while. Dante Pettis went from scoring touchdowns early in the season to watch the biggest game of the year in street clothes.
I cover why Pettis could be a starter here.
The 49ers also have the likes of Kendrick Bourne, rookie Brandon Aiyuk, Richie James to go along with tight ends George Kittle and Jordan Reed.
Lots of names, but which one will rise to the top to be Garoppolo’s favorite target?