Predicting the 2016 San Francisco 49ers Week 17 Starting Lineup
By Peter Panacy
San Francisco’s starting tandem of safeties this year will likely be Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea.
That’s fine. The two make up the oldest and most-experienced pairing within the 49ers secondary.
And there’s a good chance things stay that way too. But keep in mind Bethea is 31 years old, and his long-term future with San Francisco looks hazy at best.
The 49ers may also be looking to continue the development of second-year safety Jaquiski Tartt.
Tartt struggled last year in coverage — posting a minus-8.7 pass-coverage grade, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required) — but that’s to be expected from young defensive backs as they learn the nuances of covering pro-level receivers.
Even though the Niners will feature Tartt as a hybrid linebacker in sub packages, there’s a good chance he ends up taking over for Bethea in base formations too.
Let’s go with that prediction.
Week 17 Starters: Eric Reid and Jaquiski Tartt