Well this has been an interesting twist of an evening. It looks like the San Francisco 49ers are going to the undrafted free agent well to get Humboldt State running back Ja’Quan Gardner.
Who is this guy? Well, considering he’s a running back and the 49ers got excellent production out of Alfred Morris, I suspect he’s a future practice squad candidate. The 49ers need bodies for the final preseason game and they don’t exactly have much at running back. Joe Williams is out with a rib fracture, Jeremy McNichols is Jeremy McNichols and there’s no way Kyle Shanahan is exposing Matt Breida or Jerick McKinnon to any possible avenue of injury.
So Gardner will get his chance to play and show his stuff, then he can be a good developmental prospect. He’s not making the team. Not when he’s coming in this late and when he’s had no time to learn Shanahan’s playbook.
Onto your links:
Projecting the 49ers’ 53-man roster (Almquist—KNBR)
Does Jimmy Garoppolo have an interception problem? Who makes the 49ers’ final roster? (Biderman—Sacramento Bee)
Jimmy Garoppolo: A lot of little details to fix up on offense (Pro Football Talk)