The 49ers have a stacked roster that’s ready to win now, but these four problems are likely to reveal themselves in full during training camp.
It doesn’t always pan out this way, but an NFL team’s training camp often can be an indicator of what’s to come during the regular season, both good and bad.
The San Francisco 49ers, going through a massive shift under center with the transition from Jimmy Garoppolo to Trey Lance, hope their 2022 training camp reveals all the evidence needed to suggest the latter will have a dominant first year as a starter.
As much attention as there will be around Lance during camp, there are plenty of other storylines worth watching for head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co.
While some are either promising or enticing, others are downright worrisome.
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Lance and the Niners this upcoming season, but to evaluate what could be the biggest issues Shanahan and his team face in 2022, let’s break down what’ll likely be the four most problematic pain points San Francisco will encounter during camp when it kicks off in late July.
No. 4: 49ers nickel cornerback situation
There are plenty of reasons to be bullish about 49ers rookie cornerback Samuel Womack, who impressed during offseason workouts despite not being able to utilize press-man skills amid the rules surrounding non-contact and the inability to engage in jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage.
At the outset, the fifth-round NFL Draft pick appears to be outperforming his primary competitor, Darqueze Dennard, and the best-case scenario would be for the former Toledo defensive back to pick up where now-Denver Broncos nickel corner K’Waun Williams left off.
That said, Womack primarily faced off against second- and third-team wide receivers during offseason workouts, and his acclimation to the NFL level is likely going to involve some serious growing pains, should he receive the starting nod by the time Week 1 rolls around.
Granted, the Niners needed to eventually make a transition away from Williams, and Womack could be the primary beneficiary.
Yet there are likely going to be some notable liabilities once the intensity ramps up during training camp that could go on to be exposed during the regular season.