There's a new sports nickname in the Bay Area.
The "Splash Brothers" (Warriors stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) will live forever, and 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander deemed first the 49ers' linebackers and then the whole defense the "Hot Boyzz" last season. Now, a sub-group of the offense has a nickname, too.
Deebo Samuel revealed Wednesday he has deemed himself, George Kittle and rookie Brandon Aiyuk as the "YAC Bros."
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It's a fitting nickname, too.
Samuel, who made his season debut Sunday after sustaining a Jones fracture in his foot this offseason, averaged 14.1 yards per reception as a rookie and his 481 yards after catch was fifth among all receivers in 2019. Kittle led all tight ends last year in yards after catch with 622, and was third among all positions despite missing two games.
Aiyuk perfectly fits what coach Kyle Shanahan looks for in his 49ers offense, as the wideout led the 2020 wide receiver class in YAC as a senior at Arizona State University. Shanahan targeted Aiyuk in the drafted and traded up to take him with the No. 25 overall pick. On Sunday, Aiyuk showed his ridiculous abilities with the ball in his hands as he hurdled his way to a 38-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
With all three pass catchers now healthy, the 49ers' offense should be a dangerous one. Now if only their starting quarterback can get healthy in time for this Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.