The 49ers season kicks off on Sunday in Tampa and their season hinges on 2 main things: Jimmy Garoppolo’s health and his performance. The team brought in a pair of offensive linemen for a visit in hopes of finding more depth to keep Jimmy healthy for the whole season. Jordan Mills and Marshall Newhouse both of have experience playing in the NFL. Mills played with the Buffalo Bills the last 3 seasons and Newhouse last played for the Carolina Panthers. The team needs an experienced tackle on the roster since their other two backup tackles they currently have no NFL experience and that could be a problem if they have to play significant time in the regular season.
If the offensive line can protect Jimmy, he will need the receivers to perform to take the 49ers’ offense to another level. The team really needs Dante Pettis to continue the strong finish he had last season into this season. Right now, the team does not have a standout #1 receiver and they would like for Dante to take that spot. He has skills to be a good receiver; it’s the consistency that is the next step in his development. Rookie Deebo Samuel opened some eyes in preseason and while more experienced receivers will get more of the playing time to start the season, Deebo could make a name for himself as the season progresses and should earn more playing time.
Nick Bosa returned to practice on Monday and the team is hopeful that he can play Week 1. He would provide a big boost to the team if he can go Week 1, but the team will be very cautious with their 1st round pick. He has the potential to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year and if he’s not fully ready on Sunday, there is no reason to risk making the injury worse.
Nick Bosa looking to play Week 1 (Biderman)
Nick Mullens is named the backup (Biderman)
49ers need Dante to perform (Inman)
Looking at the WRs (Inman)
Nick Bosa back at practice (Biderman)
Jordan Mills comes for visit (Branch)
Team looking to add O-line depth (Hutchinson)
Azeez Al-Shaair’s journey (Maiocco)
Roster concerns (Sacco)
Marshall Newhouse visits (Madson)
Ahkello getting ready for Mike Evans (Maiocco)
Dre is the only rookie starter (Maiocco)
Power rankings (MMQB)
Andrew Luck (Orr)
Extension for Jared Goff (Thiry)
Elliott and Cowboys close to deal (Archer)
Julio’s deal (McClure)
Win projections (Frelund)
Pre-week 1 power rankings (NFL.com)