Sunday, December 5, 2021

Ayuk shows progress for 49ers after ‘words’ with coach

Santa Clara, Calif. (NWN) — Brandon Ayuk needed to resume his disappointing second season in the NFL when the San Francisco 49ers headed into their bye week.

After an aggressive no-show at the start of the season, Ayuk is coming off his best game of the year in Chicago last week with four catches for 45 yards, a 21-yard punt return that hit TD and a crucial downfield. block is installed. A 39-yard run by Elijah Mitchell that helped seal the game.

Ayuk said talks with the coaching staff ahead of last month’s goodbye week helped him move from a slow start.

“I took it as if the season had just begun after goodbye week,” Ayuk said. “It was week 1, and taking that kind of approach every week. It’s the first week of the season, the first exercise. Just taking that approach. Just reinventing yourself every single week and showing that you’re there every week What do you want to do on Sunday?

The conversation with the coaches included a meaningful talk with head coach Kyle Shanahan that Ayuk would not elaborate further than to say: “Me and Kyle had a few words. We had some words. “

The Niners traded six places in the first round to draft Ayuk’s 25th overall last year, and the move looked good when he took 60 catches for 748 yards and made seven TDs from scrimmage.

Ayuk was expected to play an even bigger role this year, but admitted that he may lack the same intensity for each day in practice as a rookie in the second year.

Due to which there has been a huge reduction in production. Ayuk did not even start the opener, Trent Sherfield was cleared instead, and was not targeted once in that game.

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He took just nine catches for 96 yards in the first six games, but teammates and coaches praised his better practice habits since the goodbye and could lead to better results.

Offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel said, “Over the past few weeks he looked like the player we envisioned when we drafted him.” “He’s a young guy who’s finally starting to understand what it means to be a pro and approach every practice by saying, ‘Hey, I’m scheduling games on Wednesday. I’m winning games on Thursday. .’ That’s the difference.”

This may have been most evident on his big block late in the Bears game when he came from the other side of the field to block Mitchell’s long safety that Ayuk celebrated more than any of his catches.

This caught the attention of his teammates, who said these types of blocks were crucial to the team’s success in 2019.

“I think we’re starting to figure out how important it is, again, as a wide receiver unit,” said tight end George Kittel. “It’s going to be, make a 10-yard run into a 30-yard run. I think when you emphasize that and people make it important and then they celebrate it, you’re going to win a game of football.” When everybody cares about every single sport.”

Notes: Kittel said he felt better for the first two days of practice after missing three games with a calf injury. He is expected to play on Sunday. … RB Eliza Mitchell (rib), WR Deebo Samuel (calf) and T Trent Williams (ankle) returned to practice on limited grounds after missing Wednesday. … the dee de ford (rear) was also limited. … DL Maurice Hurst (calf) and DB Jimmy Ward (quadriceps) stay out.

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