San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said that all of the pieces are finally coming together. The process of elimination will lead you to pick the Niners to at worst flirt with a wildcard berth when you’re going through the teams in the NFC. When you look at the 49ers roster, they’re talented, but will that be enough? Kyle Shanahan talked about how it’s tough just to bring in players, knowing you can mess up the chemistry of your team. A guy can be a phenomenal football player, but what if he doesn’t have the work ethic or character that fits inside of the building?
When I say who is the missing piece, I”m not advocating for the 49ers to go out and trade for Jalen Ramsey. I’ll save that for next March. It can be a Laken Tomlinson part two type of deal. The New York Jets traded for a guard that started for the Baltimore Ravens on Monday for a seventh-round pick. I’m thinking more along those lines.
I don’t think the answer is at any of their skill positions. The Niners have cycled through a couple of tight ends over the last week, but Kyle Juszczyk will be the second tight end if nobody else steps up. He caught a touchdown on a wheel route beating Malcolm Smith during practice Sunday. He’s a luxury to have on offense.
I can see quality offensive linemen being released and the 49ers claiming whoever that may be. I know there’s depth on the defensive line, and I know we’re being told not to worry about Dee Ford’s tendonitis that is keeping him from practicing. To me, the defense has a chance to flourish because of how each level complements each other. Ford and Arik Armstead are two great examples. Maybe bring in another speedy edge rusher that you can develop.
Can you see the team making a trade ala Tomlinson before the season starts?