49ers roster chances for these 4 players aren’t looking good

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With the 49ers gearing up for a preseason Week 2 matchup against the chargers, these four players are now in danger of missing out on the 53 man roster.

The NFL preseason might not carry a lot of value for fans, and it’s surely a lengthy and sometimes boring phase for established veterans who are all but guaranteed roster spots on their respective teams.

But for those players on the bubble, preseason games matter. A lot.

The San Francisco 49ers will kick off their second of three exhibition bouts this season over the weekend, traveling to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Chargers in what could be a somewhat realistic tune-up game for the regular season for both squads. Sure head coaches Kyle Shanahan and Brandon Staley have a lot of questions to answer during this matchup.

Yet the bigger storyline, aside from watching rookie quarterback Trey Lance, will be whether or not players on the fringes of the roster can impress enough to hang around.

There’s already been one wave of roster cuts. For these four players, however, their prospects for making the 53-man roster aren’t looking good at all heading into this preseason contest.

No. 4: 49ers Offensive Tackle Shon Coleman

An earlier offseason injury to swing-tackle candidate Justin Skule opened up the door a little bit for veteran offensive lineman Shon Coleman to get back onto the 53-man roster after suffering a season-ending injury in the 2019 preseason and then opting out of 2020.

Coleman, whom the Niners acquired via a trade entering 2018, was a weekly inactive his first year with San Francisco and hasn’t seen a regular-season snap since he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2017.

Now, however, Coleman is dealing with a knee injury after getting some time in against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend. That injury cut into his practice time against the Bolts, and with rookie lineman Jaylon Moore getting first-team work during both practices and the preseason already, one might assume Coleman’s time with the 49ers is in serious jeopardy.

Particularly in light of him not actually playing in a game for over three years.