No. 2: An experienced and talented receiving group
Not only is the run game improved from last year, but so are the receiving options from when Beathard was a starter in 2017. Each of these players has gained experience in not only their playing career but with their time in 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system:
- Pierre Garçon: he remains the team’s possession receiver and is healthy again.
- Marquise Goodwin: the deep-threat option is experiencing the best numbers of his playing career with Shanahan. It only continues with each week he plays.
- Dante Pettis: a young rookie playmaker who can stretch a defense in more ways than one. He’ll be an excellent option for the team if someone goes down.
- Trent Taylor: the prototypical short receiver that gets everything done with his route running. He’s the third-down option for this group.
- George Kittle: Beathard’s former college teammate at Iowa is starting to take form in his second year. He’s beginning to show why he’s considered one of the next stars at his position.
- Garrett Celek: a reliable No. 2 tight end and red-zone option.
- Kendrick Bourne: a raw talent who can find success with any look that Shanahan puts him in.
All of these weapons are going to be critical to the success of Beathard in his second chance at being the starting quarterback. He has the talent to help him be a success.
Now all he needs to do is take advantage of the situation.