Trim the Fat
Although the term sounds offensive, that’s exactly what the 49ers need to do, and have done thus far.
While it’s true that many cuts were made before the start of free agency, there are still veterans of this team who do not belong on the Week 1 roster.
To put it plainly, aside from a few players on the current roster, no one’s job is safe. Add in the fact that most of the front office has zero ties to the current team, and we could see a lot of aging veterans on the waiver list.
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Thanks to a great draft haul, the 49ers could have a handful of starters playing under rookie contracts. The biggest push seems to be coming from the running back and tight end positions. After years of inconsistency from Vance McDonald and his inability to claim the tight end position, he finally has some stiff competition knocking at the door.
The running back position has taken on a completely new look. Not just in the fact that all players outside of Carlos Hyde are new, but the management of carries will also be something that is handled completely different. The offensive backfield will see action from a platoon of running backs rather than just one starter.
Thanks in large part to a rookie class looking to prove themselves worthy of a roster spot, veterans such as McDonald, Ahmad Brooks, Bruce Ellington, Aaron Lynch and even Hyde could prove to be expendable.
Rest assured that the list of cuts will feature some talented players when the team is reduced to a 53-man roster.
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