Each offseason, we like to run a series of articles here on Niners Nation called "90-in-90." In the post, we take a look at 90 players (or so) on the San Francisco 49ers 90-man roster throughout the offseason and what we can expect of them the following year. We take a look at their expected impact, whether or not they'll make the roster and things of that nature. For rookies, we're going back and looking at how we did with those posts.
Thus far, we've taken a look at Chris Borland, Jimmie Ward, Carlos Hyde, Marcus Martin, Dontae Johnson, Bruce Ellington, Aaron Lynch and L.J. McCray. Today, we're going to take a look at offensive lineman Dillon Farrell. He was the second undrafted free agent to have an impact in 2015.
I handled the 90-in-90 breakdown a week before training camp started. Much like with McCray, I felt his best shot was on the practice squad. The 49ers had quite a few offensive linemen competing for reserve spots, and a UDFA seemed like a bit of a long shot. Alex Boone's holdout had a chance to shake that up, but when he returned, it seemed likely that Farrell would be on the outside looking in.
Like McCray, I was a little off. Farrell earned a roster spot on the season-opening 53-man roster, ahead of the likes of Carter Bykowski, Al Netter, Michael Philipp, Ryan Seymour and Adam Snyder. He ended up active for 12 games, and got offensive snaps in seven of those games. His most extensive playing time came in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. Daniel Kilgore got hurt, and with Marcus Martin inactive that week, Farrell ended up with 27 snaps at center.
The San Francisco 49ers will head into the 2015 offseason program with Martin and Farrell getting the bulk of the center work. Kilgore is rehabbing his fracture, and my guess is he will not be getting on-field work through minicamp. The real question is where he stands when training camp starts. There is a potential for some turnover with Mike Iupati potentially departing, but there will be all sorts of question marks surrounding Joe Looney, Brandon Thomas, and more.