49ers training camp player No. 1: CB Tim Harris
San Francisco has questionable depth at cornerback entering 2020, and there are more than a few X-factors at play here.
One of those is last year’s rookie, Tim Harris, who was the 49ers’ final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft yet spent his first season redshirted on injured reserve. After seeing modest action during spring workouts and the preseason a year ago, Harris is essentially starting fresh again this season. And it’s safe to wonder whether or not the extensive time off is costing him.
This 49ers training camp report from Niners Nation’s Kyle Posey tells a lot about the second-year pro:
"Tim Harris still has a ways to go. He gave up a back-shoulder play to Tavon Austin with the 3’s. That was the lone target, but Harris isn’t playing as fast as you’d like to see."
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh mentioned Harris during a post-practice presser, which is a good thing for the cornerback. But so far, Harris is making too many of the reports stemming from media members.
For a player on the fringes of making the roster, he’d want to be on reports for all the right reasons. Being absent from them essentially means he’s not standing out enough, and the Niners aren’t necessarily going to hold a roster spot open for him when they have other veteran options available.