SF 49ers: 5 practice squad players who may have roster spots by Week 4

Defensive back Dontae Johnson #36 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Defensive back Dontae Johnson #36 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins
Dion Jordan #95 of the Miami Dolphins (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) /

No. 4: SF 49ers EDGE Dion Jordan

Injuries could play a role for most teams this season in light of zero spring workouts and the inability players had to work out and prepare for the regular season under proper team medical supervision, particularly the soft-tissue variety.

Guarding against those injuries is going to be tricky, too. So it makes sense for a pass-rushing powerhouse, like the Niners, to bolster a constant rotation of quality edge rushers.

EDGE Dion Jordan, a former top-five NFL Draft pick, is no longer considered among the top up-and-coming pass-rushers in the league after flaming out with the Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders. And he wasn’t overly impressive with San Francisco in training camp either.

But it wouldn’t be shocking to see the SF 49ers make some low-level rotations here, especially while reserve defensive lineman Ronald Blair continues his rehabilitation from an ACL injury suffered last year.

Getting Jordan onto the 53-man roster here and there would help keep the number of snaps down for the team’s top outside pass-rushers, namely Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, guarding against injuries and further wear and tear on two players the Niners hope stay healthy and fresh for the duration of 2020 and into the playoffs.

Plus, promoting Jordan would afford San Francisco the luxury of playing defensive end Solomon Thomas strictly on the inside, where he’s at his best, instead of again putting him on the outside of the formation.