49ers vs. Chargers: 4 players who are fighting for final roster spots

Dante Pettis #18 and Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Dante Pettis #18 and Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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49ers vs. Chargers 5 players fighting for roster spots
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 19: Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a touchdown pass against cornerback Trey Johnson #39 of the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of a preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 19, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

WR Kendrick Bourne

Fellow holdover wideout Dante Pettis is a lock to make the 49ers’ final roster, the news of which came straight from the mouth of his head coach and biggest critic yesterday. However, San Francisco’s leading wide receiver from 2018, albeit with a paltry 487 receiving yards, appears to be on the outside looking in.

Pettis’ extremely quiet preseason has been a cause for concern for Shanahan and the 49ers’ coaching staff, but his second-round draft stock and higher long-term upside give him a distinct advantage over WR Kendrick Bourne, who initially made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

There is a lot to like about Bourne, one of the 49ers’ larger receivers who is known to be a team player and made major strides in his second season in the league:

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne – NFL Statistics
Game Game Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece
Year Age Tm No. G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Fmb AV
2017 22 SFO 84 11 0 34 16 257 16.1 0 54 1.5 23.4 47.1% 7.6 0 2
2018 23 SFO 84 16 8 66 42 487 11.6 4 33 2.6 30.4 63.6% 7.4 1 4
Care Care 27 8 100 58 744 12.8 4 54 2.1 27.6 58.0% 7.4 1 6

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

But in the end, the roster is a numbers game, and the addition of rookie wide receivers Jalen Hurd and Deebo Samuel only hurt Bourne’s cause. With the two rookies, Trent Taylor and Marquise Goodwin all locks to make the team, Bourne already had a steep hill to climb. And Richie Jamesbreakout preseason makes Bourne’s path only steeper.

What was once a three-receiver race for two potential roster spots has become a two-player battle between the former undrafted free agent Bourne and the next player on our list, veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews: