Younger players are often secret weapons for teams on offense and defense. Unlikely to draw attention from opposing coordinators, these guys make a big difference for their teams before they become full-blown stars at the NFL level.
Making Waves – Offense: Brandon Aiyuk
Wide receiver – San Francisco 49ers
101 scrimmage yards, rushing touchdown
San Francisco was in trouble going into week three with the injury bug taking out over a half-dozen elite players, including the starting QB and two running backs. Someone needed to step up to keep the Niners offense rolling so they can keep pace in the toughest division in football, the NFC West. Enter rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk, from ASU. On the road against the Giants, the young receiver was asked to be a multi-purpose weapon for the depleted Niners, and the gambit paid off perfectly. Aiyuk ended the game with thirty-one rushing yards on three carries including a brilliant twenty-one-yard touchdown to pair with five receptions for seventy yards in the passing game. Granted, that Giants defense isn’t exactly a fearsome unit at them moment, but given all the injuries, I’m sure backup QB Nick Mullens was more than happy to have some help.
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