Each year, we like to run a series of posts called "90-in-90." The idea is that we'll take a look at every player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few ways. This roster will certainly change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not exactly 90 players in 90 days. At this point, it's a name we're keeping around for street cred.
Welcome to my own personal KSWOF candidate (KSWOF explained for new folks)!
The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Chuck Jacobs last year as an undrafted free agent out of Utah State. Jacobs got playing time in the preseason, but it was almost entirely in the fourth quarter. He finished the preseason with six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 2:02 remaining in the preseason opener.
It was easy to get excited about what Jacobs did, but he never really climbed up the depth chart. He was waived at the end of training camp, and spent the season on the practice squad. The 49ers signed him to a reserve/future contract on January 22.
What to expect in 2014:
The 49ers current wide receiver depth chart is the deepest it has been in the Jim Harbaugh era. Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Stevie Johnson seem like fairly lock-worthy in the top three. After that, you've got veteran Brandon Lloyd, second year receiver Quinton Patton, and a rookie in Bruce Ellington. Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood and others will get chances at wide receiver in the preseason, but they generally seem on the wrong side of things, at least as wide receivers.
And then there's Chuck Jacobs. He showed some flash last preseason, and if he can put together solid work in the offseason program, I would hope it is enough to get him some snaps a little earlier in the game, but it's not going to be simple with this group. Crabtree and Boldin will get some work, but my guess is they don't get a ton of preseason snaps. I could see Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, and Bruce Ellington splitting up the biggest chunk.
Then it's a matter of where Jacobs fits in. I would not expect a huge number, but my fingers are crossed he gets a chance to show a bit more. Of course, it's also possible the 49ers will look to slip him back to the practice squad for another year to buy some time with him.
Odds of making the roster:
His odds are not good given the depth at the position, but as he is a solid KSWOF candidate, I'll say that he is one guy who could surprise us. If he can do strong work on special teams, maybe it ends up being enough. I'm not holding my breath, and I'd say his odds are pretty slim. I'd give him less than a 25 percent chance of making the 53-man roster. We see the 49ers waive him at the end of camp, and then hope he clears waivers so he can sign with the practice squad.