No. 4: Retaining Cornerback Chris Davis
Another winner of a heated 49ers camp battle is cornerback Chris Davis.
During training camp, Davis was amid a competition for the nickel corner role along with rookie Will Redmond and third-year pro Keith Reaser.
This competition was wide open, as defensive back Jimmie Ward is now moved to the outside.
The 25-year-old Davis probably wasn’t seen as a favorite. San Francisco has a history of using rookies in nickel roles — former CB Chris Culliver and Ward — so Redmond had to be seen as the favorite here.
But Redmond is still recovering from an ACL injury and didn’t look 100 percent in the preseason.
Davis looked just fine, albeit he struggled against the Green Bay Packers.
The positives outweighed the negatives though, and the 49ers have a much better an option in the slot instead of Redmond.
Next: Retaining LB Ray-Ray Armstrong