49ers vs Chargers: 5 bubble players who earned roster spot

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Easton Stick, Kentavius Street, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers
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No. 1: 49ers Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street

Some could and should argue nose tackle Zach Kerr carved out a roster spot for himself. But San Francisco probably won’t keep three 1-technique tackles, and Kerr still has to ensure he’s either equal to the starter, D.J. Jones, or overtake a promising backup, Kevin Givens, to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.

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That’s up for debate.

What isn’t debatable, however, is fourth-year defensive tackle Kentavius Street making the regular-season roster. He was excellent, too, in the 49ers’ win over Los Angeles, picking up three tackles, two of which were for a loss, and a sack.

Street, the Niners’ fourth-round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, has had an arduous pro career to get to this point. Redshirted his rookie year with an ACL tear, Street was scantly used in 2019 and then became only a supplementary depth player amid all those injuries last season.

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So far in 2021, however, Street is looking like he’ll be a primary part of San Francisco’s defensive line rotation.

One could make the case that, as a unit, the 49ers D-line was the primary reason behind the preseason Week 2 win.

And if Street was a highlight point from this group, there should be no reason for him to be left off the 53-man roster by the time Week 1 rolls around.

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