Lock: Marquise Goodwin, Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Trent Taylor
Strong Bubble: Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, Jordan Matthews
Weak Bubble: Shawn Poindexter
Long Shot: Malik Henry, Chris Thompson
Perhaps no other position on the 49ers’ offseason roster is more provocative than wide receiver.
A year removed from no Niners wideout reaching 500 receiving yards, San Francisco spent considerable effort upgrading this position. But only one of their notable offseason moves, Jordan Matthews, is legitimately in danger of losing a roster spot.
Matthews impressed during OTAs, although his splashiness has sloughed off a bit during training camp, while third-year pro Kendrick Bourne has impressed.
Both remain on the bubble, as does Richie James, who has gone through a nice resurgence of his own as of late. If he keeps that up, James should find himself a lock, especially if he can secure a special teams return role.
In all reality, undrafted rookie Shawn Poindexter is a long shot. But considering the Niners’ red-zone woes from a year ago, along with Poindexter’s 6-foot-5 frame, there’s a slight chance he winds up hanging around longer than expected.