Who will have a breakout season for the San Francisco 49ers in 2018? There are a lot of 49ers rumors swirling around San Francisco with all the big time moves the team has made this offseason. If the 49ers want to improve on their 6-10 season from 2017 and make the playoffs in 2018, in order for this to happen they will need some of their key players to step up. Here are three players that could have a breakout season for the 49ers in 2018:
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1) Jerick McKinnon, RB
The 49ers went out and targeted McKinnon this offseason and made him the fourth highest paid running back in the NFL. Perhaps head coach Kyle Shanahan knows what type of running back works best in his scheme. McKinnon is 5-foot-9 and weighs 205 pounds. Shanahan has had two running backs with a similar build that totaled over 1,600 yards and 11 touchdowns - Steve Slaton 2008 and Devonta Freeman 2015 - so why not McKinnon in 2018?
2) Marquise Goodwin, WR
Goodwin was Garoppolo's favorite target last season bringing in a 25 percent target share in Jimmy G's five starts. He led the 49ers on the season with 56 receptions and 962 yards and the 49ers wanted to invest in him by paying him this offseason. An entire offseason for Goodwin and Garoppolo to work together should only mean an improvement in production.
3) Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
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Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers mid-season, and incredibly led the 49ers to 5 straight wins to end the season after starting the year 1-10 without him under center. Garoppolo's stats in 5 games were impressive, giving the 49ers brass and coach Kyle Shanahan confidence to lock him up to a huge long-term deal. In 2017, Jimmy G threw for 1,560 yards, 7 TDs and 5 INTs in 5 starts, while completing over 67% of his passes.