No. 1: Offensive Line
Perhaps the biggest concern the 49ers have entering this season will be how effective their offensive line is.
It’s a unit coming off a poor 2016 campaign, and it also looks mostly the same from last year. Outside of the trade pickup of center Jeremy Zuttah, of course.
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Aside from left tackle Joe Staley, starting jobs remain pretty fluid throughout camp so far. The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows broke down the first- and second-team units on the second day of training camp:
"First team: LT Joe Staley, LG Joshua Garnett, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Brandon Fusco, RT Trent Brown Second team: LT John Theus, LG Zane Beadles, C Jeremy Zuttah, RG Norman Price, RT Garry Gilliam"
One of the interesting points of note is veteran guard Zane Beadles working with the second stringers. Beadles, who started 16 games last year, could easily be pushed to a reserve role this season. His roster spot is relatively safe, considering he has the versatility to play all five spots along the O-line.
Still, it’s hard to find a lot of confidence within this unit, which was such a primary weakness a year ago.
Considering how important this up-front group is, milking the best competition out of the O-line will be crucial for the team’s success out of training camp.