Brandon Aiyuk is evidently now better than the guy behind him.
Two weeks after the 49ers’ wide receiver played one fewer snap than one of his backups, Trent Sherfield, the 2020 first-round pick received his typical rookie-season workload in Sunday’s 30-28 loss to the Packers while Sherfield barely appeared on offense.
Total snaps: Aiyuk 60, Sherfield 2.
Aiyuk played 85.7% of the snaps Sunday. According to the story, he had logged 51.2% in the first two regular-season games and played just 13 more snaps than Sherfield, a 2018 undrafted free agent who entered the season with 30 career catches. Aiyuk’s diminished playing time suggested head coach Kyle Shanahan was sending a motivational message, the story said. It's good news for owners that he's trending up. If he's sitting on your wire, he may be worth a stash, especially if this trend continues.