The San Francisco 49ers didn’t look great against the Carolina Panthers, and a lot of that could be blamed on their inactives list. Not the majority of that, or even half of that, but a good portion. That’s because they went without free safety Jimmie Ward, defensive end Aaron Lynch and potential left guard upgrade Laken Tomlinson.
On Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers’ inactive list should look a lot different. I fully expect all three of the players above to participate in Sunday’s game in some fashion, and it would be a surprise if any one of them wound up being inactive.
Wide receiver Vitor Bolden Jr., offensive linemen John Theus and Laken Tomlinson, defensive end Aaron Lynch, linebacker Pita Taumoepenu, cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and safety Jimmie Ward were the inactive players in Week 1.
So if Tomlinson, Lynch and Ward will play, and the 49ers parted ways with Theus, things could get interesting as far as the inactives list is concerned.
One would expect that Taumoepenu, a sixth-round pick, will be inactive once again, along with Witherspoon and Bolden. The 49ers have no reason to move away from those picks. But then we get to Tomlinson, who should play. That automatically wouldn’t demote Zane Beadles to inactive though, so I wonder which offensive linemen wind up being inactive for the game.
Garry Gilliam is the swing tackle and will definitely be active, that’s for sure. I do wonder if someone like Xavier Cooper winds up inactive, or rookie D.J. Jones. The 49ers will have to deactivate someone on the interior of the defensive line, and I could see them going light on wide receivers (Kendrick Bourne being expendable).
In all, a lot of things can happen with the inactives list. Could Lorenzo Jerome be on that list, as well? What do you guys think?