The San Francisco 49ers have worked the past three years overhauling their secondary and may have finally gotten the answers they are looking for. They signed Jason Verrett in free agency to pair with Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon may bounce back from his disappointing second season. Emmanuel Moseley was an undrafted free agent picked up in 2018. So who is he? Imagine how the injuries piled up for the secondary. Remember how they were scrambling for bodies? Well, Moseley would be someone to start. He’s on the practice squad; the 49ers need someone for the Oakland Raiders game. Activate him and, he’ll fill right in.
Well, that was his only game. His single game where he got only one tackle. Three days later he was placed on injured reserve. Not the rookie season one would hope for. Moseley had a long road ahead of him in 2018, but it’s gotten even more robust in 2019. Given the small sample size, his best football may be yet to come. Or it may already be over.
Experience: second season (0 seasons accrued)
Weight: 184 pounds
He is in the second year of a two-year UDFA deal. His Base salary is his cap hit, $495,000.
What to expect in 2019
Right now there’s not much more from Moseley than him being a camp body in 2019. The 49ers secondary just got more competitive with their additions. If Moseley can make anything, it’d be contributing on special teams. His burst speed is his biggest strength, but it might not be enough given where he sits on the roster.
He will be getting some preseason time, considering he’s been with the team for a year, but with the additions and development of other prospects, it’s hard to see much more from him besides those preseason appearances.
The 49ers went from five cornerbacks in 2017 to six in 2018. That number isn’t going to inflate to seven in 2019. No one can predict injuries in the preseason, but looking at this in mid-June suggests that Moseley is too buried to make any impressions during training camp.
Don’t expect to hear or see much of him in 2019. Moseley has some helpful attributes, his abrupt injury combined with his role from 2019 (not called up until November) keeps him a developmental prospect at this stage of his career.
Odds of making the roster
The locks for cornerback are Jason Verrett, Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, and K’Waun Williams. Tarvarius Moore may or may not take a spot depending on if the 49ers decide to keep him at safety. Then there’s Greg Mabin to round things out. If Moseley has a chance, it’s beating Mabin out for that last spot. That’s a tall order for a cornerback that is serviceable at best. Moseley will be starting in Week 4 of the preseason and heading back to the practice squad until injuries occur.