49ers training camp: 4 players who must perform well

San Francisco 49ers during training camp (Photo by Michael ZagarisGetty Images)
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Ahkello Witherspoon, 49ers
Ahkello Witherspoon #23 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

No. 1: 49ers Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon

San Francisco presumably will start Richard Sherman and Emmanuel Moseley as their two boundary cornerbacks in 2020, meaning fourth-year pro Ahkello Witherspoon is pegged as either a prime backup…

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Or something else.

Witherspoon could retake his old starting job, one which he lost at multiple points last season. A strong rookie season and solid start to 2019 suggests he’s more than capable of playing at a high level. But consistency is the factor here.

In 2018, Witherspoon struggled in training camp, and those issues carried over into the regular season. Last year, Witherspoon’s camp efforts were exceptional, and he began the season on a high note, picking up an interception returned for a touchdown and five passes defended over his first three games before suffering a serious foot sprain.

What will camp in 2020 reveal?

Amid a contract year, the 49ers could look to make Witherspoon a starter, a reserve or potentially moving on from him in favor or someone else showcasing more productivity.

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So, yes. There’s a lot riding on training camp for Witherspoon this summer.