With the San Francisco 49ers slated to start training camp later this month, Niner Noise dishes out the latest predictions for what the 53-man roster will look like to kick off 2019.
The San Francisco 49ers kick off training camp later this month, and there are certainly going to be plenty of shakeups, risers and fallers to influence head coach Kyle Shanahan’s decisions on how to formulate the 2019 53-man roster.
There are plenty of obvious names, of course, but probably about a quarter of the roster is up for grabs. Many of those spots are for depth and special teams purposes, yet there are also some starting jobs up in the air.
Additionally, there are a number of quality players who also may find themselves not making the cut.
And that’s the purpose for Shanahan and Co. Parting ways with good players — guys who’d have a solid chance starting elsewhere — means the roster is getting better.
The Niners haven’t exactly had the luxury of saying that the past two seasons.
While training camp won’t start until July 26, it’s possible to look at a variety of factors and the performances from San Francisco’s organized team activities to help determine who might have the best chance to hang around into Week 1. Shining in OTAs and minicamp isn’t a guarantee for a player to make the cut. But it certainly helps.
Niner Noise breaks down another prediction for the 49ers’ 53-man roster in Week 1, looking at which players make the cut and who winds up being starters.
Let’s kick this thing off by taking a look at special teams, where there’s already some drama heading towards the regular season.
Note: Backups listed in italics.