With the SF 49ers’ 53 man roster for Week 1 now complete, Niner Noise explores which positions have the biggest concerns entering 2020.
SF 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has regularly reminded fans and reporters an initial 53-man roster to start off the regular season won’t look anything like the roster by the year’s end.
This is true, of course. And last year provided perhaps the best example, as the Niners engineered a trade for veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders ahead of the trade deadline. That was just one of a number of moves to bolster the offense, and there will likely be plenty more this season.
Sanders is no longer with the SF 49ers, of course, which led to speculation Shanahan’s wide receiver corps would be a major question mark heading into 2020. Further injuries during the offseason and in training camp only fueled the debate whether or not this positional group would have enough firepower for his team to make it back to the Super Bowl and win it this time.
Yet the wide receiver room on the active roster ahead of Week 1 panned out in the way many expected it to despite a flurry of roster moves made during training camp.
Perhaps that’s a good sign. It’s hard to say, as a number of key players on the depth chart here are returning from injury.
At the same time, wide receiver is just one position that still raises some question marks now that San Francisco’s 53-man roster is complete and the initial practice squad is, too.
But if we had to single out three positional units with the most concern surrounding them, these three would likely fall into the discussion.
Starting off with those wide receviers.