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Steelers Tabbed as Landing Spot for Hard-Nosed 49ers WR



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an Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) lines up against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Steelers could be in the market for a wide receiver to boost Kenny Pickett’s ability next season. Or, if not that, to help the next quarterback after they got nothing out of their receivers this year outside of George Pickens and Diontae Johnson. With even more questions surrounding both players, more concerns rise by the week.

Steelers WR George Pickens

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens in a game against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 16, 2023. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Bleacher Report has an idea of who the team could add. That would be 49ers wide receiver Jauan Jennings, who has played like one of the best blocking receivers in the NFL. As a power slot receiver, Jennings would slot right in where the team is weak right now, and could add a big boost to the run game.

“Jauan Jennings could be one of those players who breaks out with a career year after signing a free-agent deal,” they wrote. Jennings only has 963 receiving yards over three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers because he sits behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk on the depth chart. The 49ers can’t pay every one of their key contributors, so Jennings may be allowed to find a larger role in free agency without a competitive offer from the current NFC leader. Jennings thrived in the No. 3 role with the 49ers and he could redefine that position with the Steelers.”

Jennings, 27, is not flashy in the stats, but when he gets targeted, he makes the most of his opportunities. The Steelers need someone like Jennings, who can add to the run game in unique ways that really could pop it. Pittsburgh will add a receiver, maybe two, and Jennings fits their identity perfectly. If they do not want to break the bank on someone, look for Pittsburgh to add a guy like Jennings.