One thing the 49ers focused on this offseason is the need for competition at all positions on the roster. With the amount of movement the roster has gone through since Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch came aboard, roster spots are not secure for any player. One player from the past regime may have a harder time than most.
In 2014, the 49ers selected WR Bruce Ellington from South Carolina. He was supposed to add the speed and quickness that the position group lacked. In his 3 seasons, he has been unable to stay on the field. Health issues have hurt his ability to be productive. Last season, a hamstring issue ended his entire season when people were expecting him to excel in Chip Kelly’s offense. This offseason, the 49ers went thorugh a big overhaul in the receiving corp which could hinder Bruce’s ability to make the team.
The 49ers added Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, and Trent Taylor. Add those to Jeremy Kerley, Aaron Burbridge, and DeAndre Smelter that were already on the team. Bruce will need to first prove that he can be productive in Kyle’s offense and that he can stay on the field to be productive. He has an uphill battle to make this team and would likely be a longshot to do so. He is doing what he can to make this team. He is currently working out with Carlos Hyde in Florida.
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