No. 1: 49ers Wide Receiver Shawn Poindexter
He’s probably a long shot to make San Francisco’s 53-man roster. But second-year wide receiver Shawn Poindexter should at least be a player worth discussing during training camp and heading towards the regular season.
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Poindexter, who amassed an impressive 759 yards on 42 receptions with 11 touchdowns his senior season at Arizona, suffered a torn ACL when the 49ers visited the Denver Broncos in the preseason last year. It was quite unfortunate, as Poindexter’s imposing 6-foot-5 frame could have translated into a viable red-zone target — an area in which Kyle Shanahan’s offense has historically struggled.
The Niners have two other big-bodied wideouts, Jalen Hurd and Jauan Jennings, the former coming off a serious back injury last year and the latter being a rookie. And while San Francisco has much more invested in Hurd and Jennings, Poindexter’s potential bounce-back campaign is certainly worth monitoring.
Some additional problems the 49ers face at wide receiver, namely depth, could work into Poindexter’s favor. Especially if he winds up serving as a better red-zone threat during camp.
Either way, he should receive a bit more attention between now and Week 1.