Both the 49ers and New York Jets will be down a No. 1 receiver in Week 2, as the Jets ruled Jamison Crowder out for Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Deebo Samuel was placed on injured reserve before the 49ers’ Week 1 loss at Levi’s Stadium to the Arizona Cardinals as he continues to recover from an offseason foot fracture suffered during a player-organized workout.
Crowder caught seven of his 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Jets’ Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills. With Denzel Mims, a second-round pick in April’s 2020 NFL Draft, already being placed on injured reserve, the Jets have become rather thin at receiver.
The 49ers are dealing with ailments in the secondary, as well with star cornerback Richard Sherman going on IR with a calf injury, and fellow defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon currently in concussion protocol. But with New York losing more depth at wide receiver going into Week 2, this likely won’t hurt the 49ers as much as initially feared.
Breshad Perriman now should be the Jets’ No. 1 option in the passing game, with former New England Patriot and Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan along with speedster Braxton Berrios expected to be New York’s trio of starting wideouts against the 49ers.
Tight end Chris Herndon also got seven targets in Week 1, and could see an increase as Darnold's options diminish.
Perriman caught three of his five targets in the Jets’ Week 1 loss for 17 yards, but was tied for the fourth-highest yards per reception in 2019 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17.9) and is a bona fide threat to stretch the field on any given play.
Although the 49ers also are banged up, this likely only makes them a stronger favorite for Sunday’s showdown at MetLife Stadium.