Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but Fooch is a crazy person who manages this blog with no rhyme or reason and it's worked so far. Who am I to argue?
The San Francisco 49ers are likely headed into the 2015 season with NaVorro Bowman and Michael Wilhoite as their starting linebackers. The team seems confident in Wilhoite, but there will be some competition for his job, as well as the primary reserve. Considering last year's injury, the first and second reserve inside linebackers are just a little bit important.
Shayne Skov will be competing for any kind of playing time in his second year in the NFL. The 49ers signed Skov a year ago as an undrafted free agent. He was cut late in training camp, and signed to the practice squad. The team released him from the practice squad after Week 2, but then brought him back Week 11. He spent the remainder of the season on the practice squad, and then signed a reserve/future contract after the season.
What to expect in 2015:
I think the practice squad is a most likely result, but if he did make the roster, special teams would be his primary focus. He could very well work his way into the inside linebacker rotation, but I think injuries would be his best chance for any kind of regular playing time with the starting defense. People like him as a local product, but special teams seems most likely in 2015.
Odds of making the roster:
I would say fairly low. Philip Wheeler seems most likely to claim that primary backup inside linebacker role. That would seem to leave Skov competing with Nick Moody, Desmond Bishop and Nick Bellore for a roster spot. Bellore is primarily a special teams player, and has history with the 49ers new special teams coach. Moody also has extensive special teams history at this point, while Bishop brings a veteran presence. Given that Skov has practice squad eligibility, that really seems like the most likely destination, if he clears waivers and decides to stick with the 49ers.