Aiyuk preparing to take on punt returner role in 2021


Brandon Aiyuk wanted a shot as the 49ers' punt returner, and it seems as if he's in line to get much-needed preseason reps. 

The 49ers released their unofficial depth chart Tuesday, which had Aiyuk listed as the punt returner ahead of their preseason matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Usually, unofficial depth charts should be taken with a grain of salt -- they don't mean much at all. But with Aiyuk confirmed to have taken reps at punt returner in training camp, his name listed at the position could hint at possible reps to come this weekend against the Chiefs. 

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Having only returned two punts last season, Aiyuk is ready to perfect his craft in 2021. 

“I’m taking it personal… Making sure the ball never hits the ground (in practice)," Aiyuk told reporters on July 30.

Again, it should be reiterated that an unofficial depth chart does not confirm anything. Although with the reps and praise Aiyuk has received as a punt returner so far in training camp, we may end up seeing No. 11 back deep on 4th downs here real soon. 

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