The San Francisco 49ers kick off their 2019 training camp in a few weeks, meaning it’s time for some predictions. Let’s look at who might be the biggest winners and losers.
Training camp for the San Francisco 49ers officially starts on Friday, July 26. Workouts begin the following day, and the Niners will look to whittle down 90 players into a cohesive and competitive 53-man roster.
That’s the dream for all 32 teams, of course, and it’s not hard to see how competition which involves the release of nearly half the offseason roster should sharpen the best players possible.
Camp is all about competition. It’s about proving one player’s worth and value over another — essential steps in determining which players survive into Week 1 and beyond.
This, of course, means there will be winners and losers. For head coach Kyle Shanahan, his hope is for the losers of these pending competitions will be so only by the slightest of margins.
That would mean the team is improving, forcing the head coach to make tougher decisions than at any point during his two-plus-year tenure in San Francisco.
While the results themselves are not yet known, Niner Noise dishes out some pre-camp predictions for who the biggest winners and losers will be late July and through the end of August.
Winner: Defensive Back Tarvarius Moore
Moore played free safety in college and thrived at it, using his combination of size and speed to flash plenty of rangy skills. And while the Niners initially envisioned him as a boundary corner, giving him a shot to claim a job with his previous position skills is a major bonus.
It might be a bit far-fetched to assume Moore immediately assumes the starting free safety job in 2019. But based off his success there at the collegiate level, it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see his stock rise significantly during training camp and the preseason.
And with Ward signed only on a one-year deal, Moore could end up cementing himself as a potential long-term starting candidate beyond this season.
That constitutes a win.