No. 5: Wide Receiver
Players on Roster: Steven Dunbar, Richie James, Dante Pettis, Aldrick Robinson, Max McCaffrey, Trent Taylor, Marquise Goodwin, Aaron Burbridge, Kendrick Bourne, Victor Bolden, Pierre Garçon
San Francisco 49ers
Things get interesting at the back end of the depth chart, though.
Teams typically carry no more than six wideouts in the regular season, and the latter portions are expected to contribute on special teams. This might give players like Aaron Burbridge, who has largely been a non-factor on offense in his career, a better chance to stick around.
Just like that, six spots are filled.
Yet the Niners still lack something of a red-zone threat. After finishing 27th in red-zone touchdown efficiency a year ago, a player like the 6-foot-3 Steven Dunbar might have an outside chance.
But Dunbar would have to showcase his value on special teams above that of Burbridge to make the cut.
It’s a lofty proposal, one worth watching. But the bigger aspect will be seeing how some of the younger receivers, namely Pettis and fellow rookie Richie James, push the veterans for spots.