Robert Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, was one of those 3 49ers players activated off the COVID reserve list. Aiyuk was active with defensive linemen Jordan Willis and D. J. Jones.
He stepped in a match for the first time straight after Week 7 with Deebo Samuel. It was the match where the 49ers obliterated the New York Giants 33-6. He missed the match against the Los Angeles Rams because he was on the COVID list.
He is the third-highest graded rookie. The first and the second are Minnesota Vikings’ wide receiver Justin Jefferson and New England Patriots offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.
Coach and defense coordinator for San Francisco 49ers, when asked about Aiyuk’s skills, said that he is biased toward him and he loves him. “Yeah, obviously I’ll be biased and say I love him. His mindset, the way he practices,” said Saleh.
He further appreciated the offensive staff the way, for the work they do on the new recruits. “I think our offensive staff does as good a job as anybody in terms of developing, preparing receivers to play football,” said Saleh.
Next in line, he praised Aiyuk for his skills and his overall performance this season. “His range, his length, his catch radius is off the charts. He hasn’t been able to showcase it as much, I’m assuming, but his run after catch is going to be elite.
“I haven’t talked to the offensive guys, I don’t want to speak for them, but just from a skillset standpoint, I don’t know where he is in their eyes, to be honest with you, but I just think he’s a really talented player and he’s got the entire world at his fingertips.
“It’s just a matter of how much he’s going to put in over these last three games, getting into the offseason and prepare to have the best year of his life,” said Robert Saleh.
Saleh has a lot of hopes from rookie Aiyuk in the years to come he sees him as one of the top-notch players. He feels he is really talented. But it also depends on how much he is willing to push himself in the next 3 games.