San Francisco 49ers: 5 players who could be cut without playing a snap

Shon Coleman #72 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Shon Coleman #72 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Shon Coleman, Browns
Shon Coleman #72 of the Cleveland Browns (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

No. 3: 49ers Offensive Tackle Shon Coleman

San Francisco made the trade for former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Shon Coleman back in August of 2018, and Coleman spent his first year with his new squad on the weekly inactive list.

Fortunately for the Niners that year, their offensive line suffered only one missed start from its starters and didn’t have a pressing need to dip into the depth pool at all, relegating Coleman’s 2018 to a mere support role in name only.

Things would have been different in 2019, considering the multitude of injuries the 49ers dealt with along the O-line, including losing both tackles, Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, for extended periods of time. But Coleman suffered a broken ankle in the team’s first preseason game of the year, which landed him on season-ending injured reserve.

So much for that campaign.

Meanwhile, the Niners received fine production from two other backups, Daniel Brunskill and Justin Skule, the latter potentially pushing Coleman off the roster in 2020.

Throw in the 49ers’ most-recent draft addition to the O-line, West Virginia’s Colton McKivitz, and Coleman’s chances to hang around into the upcoming year don’t look good.

In total, Coleman could end up seeing his Niners tenure as one where he never saw the field.