We are officially on the eve of training camp, with rookies and veterans scheduled to report to Santa Clara Thursday morning. The players will go through physicals and conditioning tests, and the first practice will get going Friday morning at 10 a.m. PT.
We are seeing the last of the NFL previews and discussions about who will end up at the top and bottom of the league. There will be discussion about it all season, but this week marks the final week we will have zero additional information about the 2017 season from which to project. This week, teams begin placing players on the NFI and PUP lists, injuries start to happen, and position competitions start to change. We will finally have information with which to slowly make more informed opinions.
But with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to have one last pre-training camp poll about wins and losses. The national consensus has been that the San Francisco 49ers will be a bad football team that will have a chance at the No. 1 overall pick. In radio interviews and other discussions, I regularly am asked about the 49ers chances at the top pick, and what exactly are reasonable expectations.
The 49ers are coming off a 2-14 season, and have shaken up the roster with considerable vigor. I think most see them in the early stages of a rebuilding process. But looking at the 49ers offseason veteran additions, and the team has made a decided effort to bring in a lot of players that could make a notable impact fairly quickly. Here is a rundown of their veteran additions over the past six months.
DT Earl Mitchell signs 4-year deal
WR DeAndre Carter signs 2-year deal
CB K’Waun Williams signs 1-year deal
Brian Hoyer, QB
Kyle Juszczyk, FB
Pierre Garcon, WR
Marquise Goodwin, WR
Logan Paulsen, TE
Malcolm Smith, LB
Robbie Gould, K
Matt Barkley, QB
Aldrick Robinson, WR
Brock Coyle, LB
Don Jones, DB
Acquire Jeremy Zuttah from Ravens, swap sixth round picks
Dekoda Watson, LB
Tim Hightower, RB
Garry Gilliam, OL
Acquire Kapri Bibbs, 2017 5th round pick for 2018 4th round pick
Brandon Fusco, OL
Tim Barnes, C
Will Davis, CB
Elvis Dumervil, DE
Some of these acquisitions will not work out. I think we see some solid successes from some of them, but it’s impossible to say right now just how all these additions, along with the rookies, will work out. But I don’t think the moves John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan made are for a team that is not looking to at least push the envelope and maybe surprise some people in 2017.
Eric Branch offered up his predictions for the 2017 season, and he suggested a 7-9 record. That would be on the high end for me, but is 6 or 7 wins really that crazy for this rebuilding team? Drop in your last pre-training camp vote below! If you don’t see the poll, you are either viewing the article in Apple News or AMP on your cell phone, and need to go into the NN page from your phone’s browser.
How many regular season wins will the 49ers have in 2017?
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