SF 49ers depth chart: Week 1 starting lineup predictions, training camp edition
With training camp now in full swing for the SF 49ers, it’s an ideal time to look ahead at who the starters will be for the team in Week 1.
The SF 49ers have made it through the COVID-19 testing and the ramp-up period through the month of August and the last several weeks have seen training camp practices at full bore. It almost feels like a normal NFL season, even if there is nothing normal about 2020 no matter what element you might be referring to.
There have been some key players, like wide receiver Jalen Hurd, who have already gone down for the season, while others like fellow wideouts Brandon Aiyuk and Trent Taylor are impressing.
Unlike in recent years, where local beat writers and national media members have been able to provide insight into the 49ers’ practices in terms of who is standing out and who has work to do, the information matriculating out of Santa Clara this summer is moving a little slower and depends on fewer writers to put it out into the world.
This doesn’t mean that there isn’t some speculation about who is winning and losing camp battles or who will make the final roster or practice squad when the dust settles on Sept. 6, leading up to the 49ers’ season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at who will be the starters on both sides of the ball for that opening clash at Levi’s Stadium.
For the sake of argument, we’ll use a standard 21-personnel for the offense, with one additional slot receiver, and the base unit on defense, with the additional caveat of the nickel corner position, which is essentially a starter on most NFL defenses these days.