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.
Every year, most NFL teams will go through the offseason workout program and most of training camp with a camp leg. It’s a kicker and/or punter who is usually not too long out of his college career. Kicking is not the most exhausting of jobs, but when you’ve got a veteran in place, you want to generally avoid getting him hurt in meaningless preseason action. Most kickers will get at least some work in the preseason, but a camp leg cuts down the number of meaningless snaps a veteran is exposed to.
Enter Nick Rose (and his amazing Texas Longhorns official photo).
The San Francisco 49ers signed Rose to a reserve/future contract in January. That type of contract is used for players who were not on a 53-man roster when the previous season came to a close. Most often, reserve/future contracts go to players who spent the previous season on a practice squad. However, UDFAs who were cut the previous August and didn’t find a landing spot in the subsequent months will often get this kind of deal. It’s effectively a tryout contract for the offseason workout program. If they impress their, or fill a training camp need, they’ll stick around into camp.
Rose spent his college career at Texas, and finished a year ago. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent. He spent training camp with the team, but was cut when they signed kicker Shayne Graham. He did not land anywhere during the 2016 season, and signed his reserve/future contract with the 49ers on January 19 of this year.
Weight: 190 lbs
Experience: 0 accrued seasons
If he makes the roster this season, he will earn the league minimum of $465,000. It does not appear he received any guaranteed money.
What to expect in 2017
He’ll get a chance to kick some field goals and kickoffs in the preseason, but that’s about it. He’ll likely then be cut and look for opportunities for the rest of the season.
Odds of making the roster
Today is longshot day. Quarterback Nick Mullens has little chance of making the 49ers roster, and I would say kicker Nick Rose has even less of a chance. On his Twitter account, Rose pinned a video from 2015 showing him drilling an 80+ yard field goal. I suppose if he can do that fairly regularly this preseason, maybe that gives him a shot. And if not, well, you can at least enjoy this video.