San Francisco 49ers: 5 Best Position Battles to Watch in Training Camp
By Peter Panacy
The 2016 NFL Draft is over, and the San Francisco 49ers find themselves with new bodies on the roster and the need to eventually trim the roster down to 53 players. Here are five position battles to watch over the course of training camp.
NFL training camps don’t start for a while. There are rookie camps, organized team activities (OTAs) and a number of other events taking place before training camps take place in advance of the preseason.
For the San Francisco 49ers, with the 2016 NFL Draft now in the books, general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly will be assigned with the arduous task of getting a current 90-man roster of players down to 53 for the start of Week 1 of the regular season.
The 49ers made 11 selections via the draft and added another eight players as undrafted free agents (UDFAs).
Many of the later selections and UDFAs provide camp competition in an attempt to push other players on the roster. In many cases, positions and jobs are up for grabs altogether.
So which positions for San Francisco, coming off a 5-11 finish last year, should garner the most attention?
Keep in mind, this is a Niner team in need of talent influx. Determining whether or not the NFL Draft provided that or not will take some time — likely a couple of years at least. But competition breeds production, and the 49ers are in need of players who can produce at the highest level.
One should argue every position on a football team will garner competition. But here are the five most-interesting position battles to watch this offseason.
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