Now that Trent Baalke has finished filling out the San Francisco 49ers practice squad, the "off-season from hell" is thankfully over. It's time to practice and play games that count. If you've been tracking the final pre-season rankings, then you know the team is consistently placed in the bottom half of the list. There is justifiably a lot of pessimism about the team after the massive roster turnover and learning curve from a new playing system.
When last season ended, the 49ers units ranked this way from best to worst:
- Special Teams
After what we've seen from the preseason games, I would rank it this way:
- Special Teams
What saddens me most is that the offense still doesn't look right. There's reason to be optimistic about the depth at the running and receiving corps, but it might not be enough of an advantage since the offensive line has looked, well—quite offensive. We know the defense will round out to form, and the special teams has loads of talent, but the biggest key to any success this season will likely rest on how the starting OL performs. So let's just zip through the rest of this week, and hopefully the team will have a great opening game against the Vikings.
The Practice Squad
49ers stay in-house with practice squad signees (Gutierrez)
Barrows Bee Busy
49ers coach Jim Tomsula: Man of steel (Barrows)
Five questions facing the 49ers in 2015 (Barrows)
San Francisco 49ers recruit Jarryd Hayne's jersey the most popular on NFL online store (Sydney Morning Herald)
See Ya in Santa Clara (King)