CB Ambry Thomas
Entering 2023, there were major question marks at cornerback due to the lack of experience, or in some cases, even the skill set. Once the season got going and adjustments to the secondary were made, the maturation of Ambry Thomas began flourishing with every rep.
Since Pro Bowl corner Charvarious Ward has the CB1 position locked down, and fellow defensive back Deommodore Lenoir has proven he can play both slot and outside, Thomas had no choice but to keep pace with his mates while preventing a huge drop-off.
Ultimately, Thomas played in 15 games, generated 43 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. Just like Javon Kinlaw, Thomas doesn't have the stats to make a legit case for a most-improved player award, but whenever you turn on the tape, it's almost a completely different story.
Thomas figures to see a lot of on-field action, which can and should lead to huge contributions.
Though I only mentioned three players with the potential to make huge contributions during this year's playoff run, the 49ers still have quite a few "unsung heroes" lurking in the huddle.
As the Quest for Six is set to begin, it'll be no easy feat to accomplish and will require every single player to pull together for another more important three-game win streak!