No. 6: Wide Receiver Jerome Simpson
Niner Noise spent some time talking about 30-year-old veteran wide receiver Jerome Simpson earlier, and seemingly most signs from the offseason pointed at Simpson being a long shot to make the 53-man roster after a forgettable 2015 campaign.
And all this comes at a time when the 49ers are hurting for proven wide receivers.
True, there’s No. 1 guy Torrey Smith, and fellow wideout Bruce Ellington could make some splashes. But the Niners lack bona fide talent here.
Simpson was lost in the conversation for much of the offseason, but he’s had a strong camp so far.
“He probably runs around like the youngest in that group,” head coach Chip Kelly said of Simpson, via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. “It’s amazing to see how he runs. Obviously, he’s extremely fast, but just the energy and the amount of juice he has through the entire practice.”
Simpson hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert early in training camp, which could go a long way in ensuring the receiver earns a spot.
Heck, if those efforts stay at that pace, Simpson could even wind up being a worthy option in San Francisco’s offense this year.
Next: No. 5: Linebacker Corey Lemonier