The 49ers’ offense is well-equipped for second-year quarterback Trey Lance heading into the 2022 NFL season.
Both on the ground and through the air, San Francisco has a plethora of weapons that should provide plenty of support for the 22-year-old signal-caller.
In a recent ranking of position groups around the NFL, Sharp Football Analysis had the 49ers’ wide receivers/tight ends ranked as the second-best unit in the league based on average ranks on a 100-point scale.
The top spot belonged to the Cincinnati Bengals, who received a score of 97. Second was the 49ers with a score of 92, the Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins with scores of 83 and the Philadelphia Eagles with a score of 81.
Score based off average ranks of positional unit (on a 100-point scale) for all 32 teams, from Sharp Football staff voters. If all voters had a team at #1, that score would be 100.
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“We’re assuming [wide receiver] Deebo Samuel suits up for the 49ers this season,” Sharp Football Analyst Ryan McCrystal writes. “As a result, their pass catchers landed in the top five on every ballot. If we could guarantee a fully healthy season from [tight end] George Kittle, the unit may have ranked number one.”
Through the air, the 49ers deploy two All-Pros in Samuel and Kittle, who are among the best at their respective positions. In addition to receivers Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Danny Gray, Ray-Ray McCloud and backup tight ends Tyler Kroft and Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley, San Francisco’s pass-catching unit certainly is top-heavy but has the potential to be among the game’s best if Aiyuk takes a big step forward in his third season.
The 49ers’ offense has a ton of potential and will depend on Lance’s development in his first full season as the starter. If he lives up to expectations, his success should have a ripple effect on the rest of the offense, including a pass-catching unit that already is impressive on paper.
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