No. 3: Safety Logan Ryan
The 49ers have been fairly healthy this year for the most part except for the safety position. Starting safety Talanoa Hufanga tore his ACL earlier in the year, which forced rookie Ji’Ayir Brown to step up and start.
He did a solid job before suffering a knee injury of his own, which sidelined him for the final two games of the season.
Then came in Logan Ryan, an 11-year veteran in the NFL and two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Ryan has looked decent in his time on the field, although it has been fairly limited.
The reason Ryan could prove to be costly for the 49ers is because opposing teams may target him and view him as the weak link in the defense. We will have to see how he performs if teams try to challenge him or consistently target receivers who are matched up with him.
It is possible that Brown could be back for the playoffs, and if he is playing through injury, that could also be costly. But the safety position is a question mark for the 49ers going into the postseason.