The 2017 San Francisco 49ers begin their season this Sunday against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. After a major overhaul in the front office that saw Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch replacing Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke, Shanahan and Lynch made major roster changes. In addition to roster changes, the 49ers are also transitioning their defense to a 4-3, with new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh adapting Seattle’s defense.
Brian Hoyer will lead the 49ers’ new look offense. Other than Carlos Hyde and some on the offensive line, the offense is all new. All new receivers and tight ends will look to execute Shanahan’s offense. Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin will be the starting wideouts with Trent Taylor in the slot. Carlos Hyde will run behind new fullback, Kyle Juszczyk and will split carries with rookie Matt Breida. Rookie George Kittle and Logan Paulsen replace traded tight end Vance McDonald.
The most exciting new player on the team likely plays on defense. Rookie Reuben Foster has the 49ers buzzing and he will start with NaVorro Bowman in the middle of the 49ers’ new defensive scheme. They will be standing behind former 1st rounders Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and new 1st rounder Soloman Thomas. Armstead, Buckner, and Thomas will rotate with a combination of Tank Carradine, Earl Mitchell, Aaron Lynch, and Elvis Dumervil. Eli Harold and Dekoda Watson accomplished the near impossible, getting the 49ers to finally let go of Ahmad Brooks. Eric Reid moves safety spots, which will get him playing closer to the line of scrimmage and either Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, or Lorenzo Jerome will take the other safety spot. They will be flanked by CBs Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson, who won the starting jobs.
Getting Comfortable (Wagoner)
The team needed a big overhaul | Changes All Around (Kelly)
Cam Ready for Opening Game (Gantt)
2017 Predictions (Barrows)
Quinton Dial Visiting Packers (Maiocco)
The new 49ers defensive coordinator | Robert Saleh (Barrows)
Changes all over the roster | The 53 Man Roster (Maiocco)
All-Preseason Team (Liskiewitz)
Power Rankings (Mays)
Ward’s Status (Wagoner)
He should be able to flourish in Kyle’s offense | Goodwin Looking to Breakout (Williams)
Get to know your new #1 | Pierre Garcon Q&A (Inman)
Another weapon added | McNichols to the Practice Squad (49ers Staff)
Practice Squad RB (Biderman)
Know who is who this season | New Numbers (Biderman)
Intriguing Players (Barrows)
NaVorro and Disrespect (Branch)