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David and Oscar continue their evaluation of the 49ers by identifying the transitional and foundational players.

On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, our deep-dive evaluation of the 49ers roster continues. Are there any transitional players set to hit free agency who should be brought back for another season? (15:58) How is the 2017 draft class looking after one season? (34:56) And Solomon Thomas is a foundational player, but at what position? (42:59) All that, plus clarifying some questions on the tier breakdown from last week (7:38), the transitional players we’d rather move on from sooner rather than later (33:23), and what to do with Jimmie Ward (54:00).

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Episode Resources

Tier Definitions

Tier 3: Transitional Players

PLAYER POS SNAPS
PLAYER POS SNAPS
Daniel Kilgore C 1098
Earl Mitchell DI 622
Elvis Dumervil ED 341
Brandon Fusco G 1083
Carlos Hyde HB 783
Malcolm Smith LB 0
Eli Harold LB 452
Brock Coyle LB 646
Eric Reid S 736
Joe Staley T 983
Garrett Celek TE 560
Pierre Garcon WR 430
Aldrick Robinson WR 439

Tier 2: Foundational Players

PLAYER POS SNAPS
PLAYER POS SNAPS
Ahkello Witherspoon CB 660
K'Waun Williams CB 632
Sheldon Day DI 195
Arik Armstead ED 304
Solomon Thomas ED 696
Kyle Juszczyk FB 393
Matt Breida HB 309
Jaquiski Tartt S 595
Adrian Colbert S 530
Jimmie Ward S 429
Trent Brown T 669
George Kittle TE 591
Marquise Goodwin WR 770
Trent Taylor WR 493