No. 2: Looking at 49ers’ undrafted free agents
The 49ers have a recent history of using undrafted free agents to bolster their roster and produce instant production.
In short, head coach Kyle Shanahan will keep a player around and give him playing time if he earns it during the preseason. The problem is similar to the right guard issue, however, as there are no preseason games for 2020 and thus almost no opportunity for these players to draw the attention of coaches.
Training camp is all very good, but it isn’t a substitute for game time. Even preseason game time.
The problem facing the 49ers here is how to not allow an overlooked prospect to slip through their grasp just because they won’t have the same chances. An extended practice squad will help, as will the introduction of delegating players as unable to be claimed by other teams.
But these measures don’t help with actually getting onto the field for 2020.
The team will have to find a way to explore a player and their potential in the preseason with the lack of any preseason games to help them.