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49ers host five players for a workout, including QB Anthony Gordon

Plus, two safeties and two wide receivers

NFL Combine - Day 3 Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The San Francisco 49ers were busy on Friday as they tried out five players. Two safeties, two wide receivers, and a quarterback. The roster currently is at 41 players, so the team will likely sign multiple players they’ve worked out this week.

Safety Chris Edwards was an undrafted free agent out of Idaho in 2016. Edwards was released by the Raiders and spent time in the CFL before signing a reserve/futures contract with San Francisco this past January. Edwards was waived in August.

Some fans joked that Beau Tanner, who played with BYU QB Zach Wilson, was brought in for intel about a prospect the Niners are scouting. Tanner, who is 6’ 189 pounds, played receiver at BYU before transitioning to cornerback. He’d probably be viewed as a core special-teamer for the Niners.

We should be familiar with both wide receivers San Francisco hosted. One is Shawn Poindexter, who is a big, red-zone target that I’d argue had a better training camp than Jauan Jennings. Gary Jennings is a 23-year-old who was selected in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. Jennings was with the Dolphins this past preseason before being cut in September.

For the second time this month, the 49ers worked out a quarterback. That gives you an idea of what the team thinks of its current situation. Anthony Gordon, a rookie out of Washington State, was brought in for a workout on Friday. My initial thought was, “yes, please. Gordon can read a defense and play point guard in this offense.

Gordon isn’t known for having a strong arm, but it’s a step up from Mullens. Gordon has shown he could throw from different arm angles to get throws off against a rush. At his best, Gordon’s a playmaker that will have your offense humming on schedule. He uses his eyes to move defenses and can go through multiple progressions, which has been lacking on the Niners’ offense this season.

At his worst, he’ll look like Tampa Bay Jameis and try to play hero ball on every snap. Reading underneath defenders and trying to do too much when the play doesn’t have a chance is Gordon’s issue, or at least was in college. He does seem like a player you’d want to develop, given Gordon’s high-end flashes. What’s evident is that the 49ers are looking to improve their QB room, which is good.