The 49ers ended their OTAs and minicamp last week, which means there's a lull until training camp in mid-July. It's an ideal team to project who might make the initial 53-man roster in September.
The San Francisco 49ers have finally gotten to the lull in the NFL calendar, as they ended their OTAs and minicamp last week to wrap up non-rookie offseason activities until training camp starts in mid-July.
That makes it an ideal time to take another shot at predicting who will crack the initial 53-man roster when it is pieced together in early September before the start of the 2023 regular season. For a contending team like the Niners, there might not be a lot of holes to fill, but it is still interesting to see where the roster stands at this point in the offseason.
Training camp and the preseason contests will offer more information on the most interesting position battles. Still, OTAs and minicamps have clarified some areas, even if they don't give much to go on in places such as the offensive and defensive lines.
And, of course, these things are as fluid as they'll ever be at this time of year, meaning that a rookie who made lots of noise during this window might find himself on the bottom of the depth chart looking up for head coach Kyle Shanahan once training camp truly kicks into gear.
But this is also a organization that has done well unearthing late-round draft picks such as tight end George Kittle and quarterback Brock Purdy or even undrafted players like former running back Matt Breida or current running back Jordan Mason and allowing them opportunities to not only make the team, but to contribute in a meaningful way.
In that regard, there may be more interesting camp battles that brew up out of nothing or it may simply stir veterans to double their efforts to maintain their spots. Either way, it'll make for an interesting continuation of the offseason later this summer.
Until this, we'll have to stick to prognosticating what we think might happen come September.