No. 4: Work in Some of the 49ers Backups
Niner Noise already went over this to a certain extent earlier, looking at three backup players who should start over the rest of 2018.
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In the case of Pettis and Jones, both players are younger and cheaper than their veteran counterparts. So, if the remainder of the season is truly about finding those building blocks for the future, there’s little sense in giving relatively meaningless snaps to players in which the Niners aren’t totally invested beyond this year.
As far as James over Taylor, the former’s explosiveness and speed far outranks that of the latter. And Kyle Shanahan loves speed, right?
There are few better opportunities to usher in such changes than the bye week. It affords chances for second-string players to work with first-team units, developing chemistry with other would-be starters and to match those guys up against the top levels of competition in practice.
If it doesn’t pan out, fine. At least Shanahan would have given it a look and can take away the data.