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Aaron Burbridge will get opportunities to compete for 49ers slot receiver role

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How much of a contribution do you expect from Burbridge in his rookie season?

The San Francisco 49ers lost a significant offensive weapon this offseason, with Anquan Boldin likely landing somewhere else in free agency. The team did not add a wide receiver until the sixth round of this year's draft, selecting Michigan state product Aaron Burbridge. He is not expected to replace Anquan Boldin, but he might provide some similar skills.

Burbridge took home Big Ten receiver of the year honors this past year, catching 85 passes for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns. He spent much of his time in college on the perimeter, but it sounds like the 49ers expect him to move inside to the slot with a bit more regularity. On Friday, he said the coaching staff has spoken with him about working out of the slot. In his post-draft conference call, he said that was a frequent topic of discussion.

Burbridge stands 6'0 and weighs 206 pounds. He ran a 4.56 40 at the Combine. Although he is not the small speedster we sometimes see in the slot position, it certainly would not be the most shocking development. Boldin frequently worked out of the slot in the 49ers offense. Cam Inman sees some physical similarities between Burbridge and Boldin. Here are a few more comments from Burbridge at Friday's media availability.

Burbridge has a lot of work to do if he is going to earn a spot on the 49ers roster, let alone be a regular contributor. After Torrey Smith, the 49ers have Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, DeAndre Smelter, Eric Rogers, and so many other options. There are a lot of question marks in that group, but they are likely already going to take up quite a few roster spots. My guess is the wide receivers will include those five veterans. Patton could very well be a bubble guy at this point, but I think he ends up on the roster.

After that, Burbridge is competing with the likes of DeAndrew White, Jerome Simpson, and others. If he ends up as the sixth receiver, that likely means he will be inactive for a decent number of games. Plenty can change between now and the beginning of September in terms of both performance and injuries, but that's what it looks like for now.