49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk Jan 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) gestures after defeating the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers have a number of extremely promising wide receivers on their roster. Most NFL fans think that Deebo Samuel is the best of the bunch, but 49ers cornerback Deommodore Lenoir seems to believe that Brandon Aiyuk is the true top wide receiver for the team.

Aiyuk had the best season of his career, recording his first 1,000-yard season to go along with eight touchdowns. This was a big step, but Lenoir seems to believe he can take an even bigger leap to become one of the best receivers in the league.

Lenoir discussed the team’s OTAs this summer, saying that Aiyuk has been the hardest receiver to guard on the team.

“We’ve been having our battles since college,” Lenoir told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s going to be a top-five receiver in this league this year. He’s going to put everybody on notice. I feel like he’s been so underrated. He really don’t get the credit that he deserves.”

Lenoir also discussed what improvements he has seen from Aiyuk this offseason compared to last year, saying that his improved route running has been the difference that can turn him into a top wide receiver in football.

“He’s more smooth on his brakes,” Lenoir added. “His release package is unmatched.”

Aiyuk certainly has shown that he has the raw talent to become a top receiver in football. However, there are still some big question marks about the 49ers’ offense regarding their quarterback situation. There is still no clear answer on whether Brock Purdy or Trey Lance will be their Week 1 starter.

Whoever ends up being the starter will certainly look to get Aiyuk involved early and often in their offense, so Lenoir could certainly be right about him.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.