What Jimmy G thinks of Aiyuk’s performance in workouts

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What Jimmy G thinks of Aiyuk’s performance in workouts

Six weeks removed from being drafted, 49ers rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk doesn’t appear to be overwhelmed by the NFL.

Aiyuk, the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has dropped in on several workouts with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and other 49ers receivers at San Jose State in recent weeks, and the rookie is holding his own.

Garoppolo spoke to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows on Friday, and discussed what it has been like to read plays to the former Arizona State receiver.

“You can tell when you’re calling a play and you look into a guy’s eye and know if he’s taking it in or if it’s like, ‘What the hell is this guy saying?’ ” Garoppolo told Barrows. “And he was engaged, he was locked in. And he was a fun guy to be around, too.”

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According to Barrows, in addition to Aiyuk, receivers Jalen Hurd, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, Shawn Poindexter and Chris Thompson, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk have taken part in the workouts with Garoppolo.

The 49ers’ facility in Santa Clara hasn’t been allowed to open, which is why Garoppolo has been organizing the workouts with his teammates at another site.

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Coach Kyle Shanahan has high hopes for Aiyuk. The 49ers passed on the chance to draft top wide receivers prospects Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb with the No. 13 pick. Instead, they used that selection on defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw and traded up from No. 31 to take Aiyuk.

Veteran Emmanuel Sanders left the 49ers in free agency, signing a contract with the New Orleans Saints, so Aiyuk will be expected to step in and make an immediate impact.

If Aiyuk is already picking up the playbook, the 49ers should be in good shape heading into the 2020 NFL season.

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George Kittle’s next contract is expected to be unlike anything we’ve seen for a player at his position.

The 49ers and the representatives for the All-Pro tight end have been working on a deal for a while. No agreement has been reached yet, but these things take time, especially for a unique player like Kittle.

It’s pretty clear that whenever Kittle does sign a new contract, it will set a new standard for the tight end market.

“I think he’s going to destroy the tight end market,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Friday on 95.7 The Game (H/T 49ers Webzone). “I think you throw that out the window. Forget those numbers. I mean, Austin Hooper is the highest-paid tight end in the NFL right now, and that’s not the number they’re going to work off of because he just doesn’t fall into that category.”

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Earlier this week, Jeremiah indicated that Kittle’s contract extension with the 49ers could carry an annual average value close to $20 million.

On June 1, Kittle agent, Jack Bechta spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco and said that his client deserves a “special contract.”

“Right now, there is not a comp for George,” Bechta said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “He’s unique. He’s a unicorn. He’s one of a kind.”

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The 49ers have some salary cap gymnastics to do in order to get Kittle signed, but considering what he means to the franchise, expect a deal to get done eventually.

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While the NBA, NHL and MLB try to figure out how to resume or start their seasons, the NFL has time on their side.

But could the NFL find itself in a similar situation as the other three major American leagues, scrambling to figure out how to play games safely this fall?

49ers CEO Jed York isn’t expecting anything involving the coronavirus pandemic to hold up the 2020 NFL regular season, which is slated to kick off Thursday, Sept. 10.

“There will be a season in some way, shape or form,” York told Jennifer Lee Chan on Thursday. “After seeing the progress of reopening, I am confident in that.”

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While York expressed optimism about how states are reopening, The New York Times reported Friday that California, Florida and Texas all reported daily highs in coronavirus infections this week or last week. Those three states account for eight of the 32 NFL teams.

A number of NFL teams have been allowed back into their facilities, but the 49ers haven’t been given clearance due to re-opening guidelines set by local officials. Still, York believes the 49ers will be ready when their time comes.

“Our medical staff has done an incredible job planning protocols and procedures for when we start up again,” York told Chan. “I know our players and staff are ready and excited to get things rolling.” 

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With the 49ers’ facility still closed, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been working out with the team’s wide receivers at San Jose State, and is planning a workout in Nashville, The Athletic reported Friday.

Time, and the coronavirus pandemic, will tell is York is right about the 2020 NFL season.

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