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 you get the idea.
The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver depth chart has as many questions as any position on the roster. The team did not re-sign Anquan Boldin, leaving this group to include Torrey Smith, and a bunch of guys. There is some intriguing potential in the group, but a lot of questions with virtually every one of the receivers.
There was some thought the 49ers might invest in a receiver in the first couple days of the draft, but it did not happen. The team selected Aaron Burbridge in the sixth round, and signed Bryce Treggs and Devon Cajuste in free agency. They join a returning 2015 class that includes DeAndre Smelter, Dres Anderson, DeAndrew White, and DiAndre Campbell. Suffice to say, there are a lot of young receivers competing for opportunities.
Treggs is an intriguing one thanks to his speed, and history as a return man. He is not a big guy, standing 5’11, but he brings excellent straight-line speed, running a 4.39 40 at the Cal Pro Day. He could fit in as a slot man, but in OTAs and minicamp, he got work as a returner. The best chance for a late round or UDFA rookie to earn a roster spot is if he can contribute on special teams. Bruce Ellington is likely the favorite to claim the main return role, but Treggs will be someone to watch in training camp and the preseason. Returning kicks and punts in OTAs and minicamp holds limited value since there are no pads or full contact. Training camp is when we’ll really find out what Treggs can do as a returner.
- Q&A with California Golden Blogs
- Scout.com video
- Golden Gate Sports
- Draft Breakdown video
- Pigskin Prospects
- Cal bio
- 49ers press release:
Finished his career ranked third in school history with 195 career receptions and fourth with 2,506 rec. yards while appearing in 45 games (33 starts) over four years at California. Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior, registering 45 receptions for 956 yards and 7 TDs while appearing in all 13 games (6 starts). In 2014, played in 12 games (10 starts) and recorded 52 receptions for 583 yards and 6 TDs. As a sophomore, appeared in 11 games (9 starts) and was an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 selection with 77 receptions for 751 yards and 1 TD. In 2012, appeared in 9 games (8 starts) and registered 21 receptions for 216 yards and 1 TD. Attended St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) HS, where he registered 70 receptions for 1,377 yards and 11 TDs and was named the Southern Section and All-Pac-5 Player of the Year as a senior. Born 4/30/94 in Inglewood, CA.
Weight: 190 lbs
Treggs signed a three-year UDFA deal, with a signing bonus of $8,000. If he makes the 49ers roster, he will earn a base salary of $450,000, with a cap hit of $452,666.
What to expect in 2016
The practice squad seems the most likely result for this year. However, if Treggs does make the roster, it would likely mean he has claimed the returner job away from Bruce Ellington and others. He could get some work as a deep threat, but Torrey Smith is the most likely candidate for that role. If Treggs did make the roster, I would think he would end up with more opportunities than DeAndrew White saw last season.
Odds of making the roster
I have him listed as a longshot. I am curious to see what he does in training camp and the preseason, but for the time being, there is a little too much in front of him on the depth chart. I think he ends up making it to the final roster cuts, and then is signed to the practice squad.