The San Francisco 49ers just announced their inactives ahead of today’s game against the Rams:
CB Ahkello Witherspoon
CB K’Waun Williams (high-ankle sprain)
RB Tevin Coleman (knee)
S Chris Edwards
LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (hamstring)
OL Tom Compton (concussion)
There are no real surprises, as Tom Compton suffered a concussion in practice earlier this week. Ahkello Witherspoon remains a healthy scratch, as does the newly signed safety, Chris Edwards.
That also means Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are both active. Based on what we’ve seen this season, those two should get the lion-share of the carries, with Jerick McKinnon coming in as the third-down back.
Deebo Samuel will play. The last time these two teams played, Samuel was the gameplan’s focal point as he had six receptions for 66 yards, including a touchdown. Without Brandon Aiyuk, the Rams can use Jalen Ramsey in the slot to help take away the 49ers’ quick passing game. That chess match will be something to keep an eye on.
Richard Sherman is active. Does that mean Emmanuel Moseley or Jason Verrett start in the boundary? Over the past couple of games, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has begun to shift away from the “field/boundary” cornerback, possibly grooming Verrett for what’s to come. If Verrett starts on the outside, does that mean Moseley plays inside over Jamar Taylor? That was the case during training camp, although Taylor has played well as of late.
So Samuel, Trent Williams, Mostert, Wilson, Jordan Reed, Kendrick Bourne, and Richie James will all be on the field. That’s a lot of talent for Nick Mullens. Now we’ll see if he can take advantage of that.