The San Francisco 49ers are a relatively young football team. Between their three running backs, Jerick McKinnon is the senior citizen at 27-years old. Look at their other skill positions. Their two starting receivers will be a rookie and a player entering his second season. On the other side of the ball, the defense is predominantly young guys.
When you field a roster full of inexperienced players, particularly as backups, you get the results the 49ers did in 2018. It cannot be understated the value players get with stepping on the field, even if the season is already decided. Even if it’s only for a couple of games, you can’t substitute the experienced gained.
Taking advantage of his situation
That brings me to the question, which 49er is on the verge of their best season yet? Who will be this years George Kittle or DeForest Buckner? It doesn’t have to be a player that hasn’t had any success in the NFL to date. My answer is Tevin Coleman.
I reason that Kyle Shanahan will rely on his athletic ability, versatility, and availability. Coleman is known for being a speedster that can get to the edge in a hurry. The 49ers favorite run play is stretch zone. Minicamp doesn’t give us much, but it did give us an idea of how the team wants to use their running backs. Coleman motioned out as a receiver early and often. Expect a lot of quick throws as an extension to the running game. That plays in the hands of Coleman, who can create with the ball in his hands. Coleman will be in a situation to produce. I’m betting that he makes the most of his opportunity and has his best season yet. A year from now, I’ll be making fun of myself for this prediction.
Alexander the great
There are just as many options on defense when you ask who will have their best season yet. With the much-improved pass rush, you’d think the secondary will have a couple of interceptions fall into their laps. It’ll be tough for Dee Ford to top last years production, but the opportunity is there for a fourth pass rusher to step up and make plays.
My answer if Kwon Alexander. Fred Warner is good. Quite good, in fact. I see Warner being the steady player that is consistently making plays. I see Alexander having more flash on the field, so we’ll likely remember his performances this year. Warner told us at minicamp last week that he’s looking forward to playing alongside Alexander:
“He brings a lot of energy. He brought a swag to the group, for sure. I’m looking forward to seeing him out there running around. I see him during workouts, and he looks great.”
Alexander’s energy and confidence will have an impact on the defense. That impact will go beyond the box score. Warner agreed that’s been the case the more Alexander is around. The rest of the interview from Warner will be up later today.
Who do you think will have their best season in 2019? One on offense and one on defense.