With the San Francisco 49ers kicking off 2019 training camp later this month, Niner Noise explores five under-the-radar players to keep an eye on this summer.
This time next month, the San Francisco 49ers will be well into their 2019 edition of training camp, which officially kicks off on Friday, July 26. Actual on-field practices start the following day.
Unlike last season, there isn’t quite the hype going into this year’s pre-preseason sessions. After all, it isn’t as if quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo just led his squad to a five-game win streak to close out the previous regular season.
No, that story has passed. And it might be a good thing for the Niners to be proverbially “under the radar” heading into 2019.
Speaking of being under the radar, it’s possibly good for a number of players to be placed in that category, too. Usually, players want a bona fide hold on a position or role entering training camp. Competition is good, yes. But when you’re established, it’s better, right?
Well, not always.
Each year, there seems to be a few players climbing out of relatively nowhere. Case in point, running back Matt Breida, a 2017 undrafted free agent, made waves in rookie minicamp. Those continued into training camp, too. And by the following season, he was San Francisco’s starting ball carrier.
Those are the kind of stories we’ll break down here. Which players will be the ones seemingly rising from nowhere and assuming serious roles?
While it’s impossible to predict the future, here are five under-the-radar 49ers you should pay a little extra attention to during training camp.