Joint 49ers-Vikings practices ‘waste of time’, Brandon Aiyuk gelooft believes

EAGAN, Minnesota — Brandon Aiyuk wasn’t thrilled with how the 49ers’ joint practices with the Minnesota Vikings unfolded.

Kyle Shanahan’s approach to the drills was to keep the offense relatively simple with no game planning. Without a specific offensive plan, quarterback Trey Lance and the offense have been hampered during the two sessions, which frustrated Aiyuk.

“It was good work, it was good work going against a different, different environment, but I didn’t like it,” Aiyuk said on Thursday. “I feel like it was a waste of time – personally. It sure was boring.”

Aiyuk was a standout during training camp on the field with all three quarterbacks on the team. The third-year wide receiver has developed a chemistry with Lance in particular after the two spent much of the off-season training together.

On Thursday, Aiyuk was attacked four times, contacting backup QB Nate Sudfeld once. The Arizona State product explained that he can’t wait for Shanahan to really start planning the attack with more exotic looks.

“I feel like it was a bit boring because it was a bit from day 1,” Aiyuk said. “The basic stuff. I got a little annoyed because I had only touched the ball three times in the last two days, but that’s beside the point.”

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Aiyuk understands the intent behind what Shanahan and the coaching staff had planned for each practice, but he’s ready for more detailed work, not to mention getting the ball in his hands.

Until the game design gets more complicated and specific, Aiyuk will continue to work hard and improve every day. To say he is eager might be an understatement.

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