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49ers’ pass-catching unit ranked No. 2 in NFL by Sharp Football Evaluation


The 49ers’ offense is well-equipped for second-year quarterback Trey Lance heading into the 2022 NFL season. 

Each on the bottom and thru the air, San Francisco has a plethora of weapons that ought to provide loads of support for the 22-year-old signal-caller. 

In a recent rating of position groups across the NFL, Sharp Football Evaluation had the 49ers’ wide receivers/tight ends ranked because the second-best unit within the league based on average ranks on a 100-point scale. 

The highest spot belonged to the Cincinnati Bengals, who received a rating of 97. Second was the 49ers with a rating of 92, the Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins with scores of 83 and the Philadelphia Eagles with a rating of 81. 

Rating 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 rating can 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. “Consequently, their pass catchers landed in the highest five on every ballot. If we could guarantee a totally healthy season from [tight end] George Kittle, the unit could have ranked primary.”

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Through the air, the 49ers deploy two All-Pros in Samuel and Kittle, who’re amongst the very best at their respective positions. Along with 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 definitely is top-heavy but has the potential to be among the many game’s best if Aiyuk takes a giant step forward in his third season. 


The 49ers’ offense has a ton of potential and can rely on Lance’s development in his first full season because the starter. If he lives as much as expectations, his success must have a ripple effect on the remaining of the offense, including a pass-catching unit that already is impressive on paper. 

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