The San Francisco 49ers fall a spot in our NFL power rankings, and it’s not necessarily based off anything they’ve done wrong.
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If anything, most signs from Niners training camp are good. The team’s defense, especially up front, is coming together nicely. First-round additions, defensive end Solomon Thomas and linebacker Reuben Foster, appear to be the real deal. This could be a sleeper unit this season.
The Niners still have plenty of question marks within their secondary, and the offensive line isn’t looking too good.
Especially after losing second-year offensive guard Joshua Garnett to a knee injury in training camp. He’ll be out at least a month, and there aren’t exactly a lot of solid options to replace him.
Like the Browns, the 49ers are on the right track and trending in the right direction. But it’s still going to be a long process for general manager John Lynch and Co.