49ers roster: 53-man bubble watch with 2022 minicamp in the books

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Talanoa Hufanga, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers bubble watch: Safety

Lock: Talanoa Hufanga, Jimmie Ward, George Odum

Strong bubble: Tarvarius Moore, Dontae Johnson

Weak bubble: Leon O’Neal*

Long shot: Tayler Hawkins*

* denotes rookie

A few shakeups to the 49ers’ crop of safeties.

Second-year pro Talanoa Hufanga has been getting the bulk of first-team reps at strong safety opposite Jimmie Ward, and that seems to be the plan moving forward. And while this development might mean George Odum’s chances to start on defense are lessened, Odum’s sizable contract that includes over $3 million in guaranteed money, per Over the Cap, means he isn’t going anywhere.

Tarvarius Moore, who missed all of 2021 after suffering an offseason Achilles tear, has zero in guaranteed money, though, so his hold on a roster spot is a bit more precarious. He’ll have to prove his health and an ability to contribute.

The veteran, Dontae Johnson, switched over from cornerback to safety during offseason workouts, and he’s primed to assume a backup role, too, and his versatility should put him in strong contention to make the roster.

This isn’t necessarily the case with the two undrafted rookies, though, Leon O’Neal and Tayler Hawkins, neither of whom were particularly impressive during mandatory minicamp.