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Shanahan says Brandon Aiyuk ‘has to be a lot better’ to return to the starting lineup

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Shanahan says Brandon Aiyuk ‘has to be a lot better’ to return to the starting lineup

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Sep 16
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has his work cut out for him if he wishes to return to the starting lineup, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday.

“Aiyuk has been a little inconsistent since he has been in and out with his injury,” said Shanahan. “Aiyuk still has a chance to get that spot and not rotate as much.”

Aiyuk is facing competition from fellow receiver Trent Sherfield, and Shanahan said Sherfield “doesn’t make that very easy” for Aiyuk.

“It’s more that we’ve been practicing the last month and one guy has been there every day and the quarterback has a lot of confidence in him. I do,” the 41-year-old coach said. “If [Aiyuk] wants to be out there every play, he has to be a lot better than the guy behind him.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreed with his coach.

“As a quarterback, when you have a receiver that you know where he’s going to be and when he needs to be there, it puts your mind at ease,” said Garoppolo. “You’re thinking about a million things as it is. If you could cut one of those things out, it makes for a lot easier of a play. Those little things go a long way in a quarterback’s eyes.”

The 49ers travel to Philadelphia this Sunday to face the Eagles in Week 2 of the NFL regular season.

  • Brandon Aiyuk

    Brandon Aiyuk is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League .

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  • San Francisco 49ers

    The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Kyle Shanahan

    Kyle Michael Shanahan is an American football coach who is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League .

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