Praised by veteran teammates
Aiyuk has made a strong impression on teammates and reporters alike, with safety Jimmie Ward saying the wideout is "taking his game to another level" and ESPN's Nick Wagoner calling him "the team's most consistent offensive performer" at training camp.
Aiyuk certainly won't be the best player in an offense with Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Trent Williams, but it does seem teammates -- including Ward and LB Fred Warner -- expect Aiyuk to at least approach that level. Warner and Aiyuk made headlines for a couple of brawls in training camp, with the linebacker saying afterward that he'd specifically chosen to antagonize the wideout to bring out the best in him. Camp hype aside, Aiyuk is locked in as a starter and should form a three-headed monster with Samuel and Kittle as the lead pass catchers, giving 22-year-old QB Trey Lance all the help he can ask for. Camp reports on Lance have been far less optimistic than those on Aiyuk, and it remains to be seen how much coach Kyle Shanahan trusts his young passer to throw on early downs.
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Aiyuk caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams.
Garoppolo completed 16 of 27 passes for 239 yards and one touchdown in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams. He added three yards on one rushing attempt.
Kittle caught two of four targets for 24 yards in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams.
Wilson rushed 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams.
Samuel caught six of seven targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 24-9 win over the Rams. He added two yards on two rushing attempts.
Coleman has been elevated from the 49ers' practice squad ahead of Monday night's game against the Rams.
Gray didn't practice Thursday due to a hip issue, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mack was only on the field for three special teams snaps in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Mason received one carry for seven yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.
Jennings had one reception (three targets) for five yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to Denver.