No. 4: 49ers Tight End Charlie Woerner
Unlike JaMycal Hasty, rookie tight end Charlie Woerner has a much better shot at making the team’s 53-man roster this September.
True, San Francisco brought aboard veteran tight end Jordan Reed to complement first-team All-Pro tight end George Kittle. And if that tandem works out, Woerner’s chances will be noticeably more difficult, especially with third-year pro Ross Dwelley still hanging around.
But if Woerner is to make the cut, he’ll have to continue his already-impressive run-blocking skills stemming from his collegiate years at Georgia. So far, reports there have been good. What’s making Woerner stand out in addition to blocking, however, was some savvy route-running abilities reported from the team’s website where he managed to display these abilities while catching passes from third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard.
Granted, Woerner is likely going up against linebackers and safeties not likely to make the 49ers’ final roster, so make of that what you wish.
For a player who never had more than 11 receptions in a single season in college, though, seeing Woerner capitalize on these chances is a good thing.
And if it translates into some on-field production right away, that only spells good news for Kyle Shanahan and Co. moving forward.