The San Francisco 49ers announced on Wednesday the signing of former Tennessee Vols wide receiver Jauan Jennings.

San Francisco selected Jennings in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jennings signed a four year deal with the 49ers, according to the release.

Seventh-round picks aren’t guaranteed roster spots, which means Jennings has some work to do if he’s going to make San Francisco’s 53 man roster this fall.

But while there may be a steep hill to climb for Jennings, there’s at least some opportunity for the former Vol wide receiver to make an impact this summer.

That’s because two of the players ahead of Jennings on the 49ers’ depth chart are dealing with injuries.

Deebo Samuel and Richie James are both expected to miss time this summer (and possibly this season). Samuel is dealing with a Jones fracture that could keep him out 12-16 weeks. And James recently suffered a fractured right wrist (it’s unclear how long he’ll be out).

Vol fans are well aware that Jennings could shine in the NFL — he just needs an opportunity.

It looks like the Tennessee native will be getting that opportunity this summer. And I expect that he’ll make the most of it.

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