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49ers 90-in-90: Will the 49ers get any contributions from Kentavius Street this season?

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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is defensive lineman Kentavius Street.

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Thanks to an influx of talent along the defensive line, the San Francisco 49ers haven’t had to rely on their fourth-round pick from 2018, Kentavius Street. The former North Carolina State defender has played a grand total of 38 snaps for the 49ers. Each of those came during weeks 15-17 last year after the Niners defensive line was depleted. To say Street’s professional career hasn’t gotten off to the start, he wanted would be an understatement.

Street’s 2019 was cut short before the regular season started. In late August, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Street was getting the same knee he injured the season prior scoped, which held him out for the first three months of the regular season. Street was activated in December once D.J. Jones went to the injured reserve. If you don’t remember Street flashing, it’s because he didn’t. In 21 pass rush opportunities, Street was credited with one pressure. In 38 total snaps, Street had one stop. It’s never easy coming off an injury, but when you add to the fact this was Street’s first live-action in over two years, the expectations couldn’t have been high.

Basic Info:

Age: 24 (birthday is on May 8)

Experience: One accrued season

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 287lbs

Cap Status

Street enters the third year of his four-year contract. His cap number in 2020 is $827,550. If the 49ers release Street before the regular season, they’d save $675,000 and would only have to pay Street his prorated bonus of $152,550.

What to expect in 2020

Street enters the season without any health issues, which is a first. With Ronald Blair and Jullian Taylor being on the active/PUP list, that opens the door for Street to make the roster. Street played all 38 snaps last year at defensive tackle, though. That would mean he’d have to win one of the interior positions you’d think, though having players like Arik Armstead who can play both inside and out helps. Street played a couple of snaps at nose tackle. He’s undersized for the position, but we know Street is known for his strength.

It’s difficult to make projections for Street considering we haven’t seen much of anything of him in a Niners uniform, which is why...

Odds on making the roster

I’m just not sure how the 49ers can justify keeping Street. On the practice squad, perhaps? That makes more sense. But on the active roster over guys, you know you can rely on?

The 49ers are going to keep ten defensive linemen. Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Javon Kinlaw, D.J. Jones, Solomon Thomas, and even Kerry Hyder are locks in my eyes. That’s seven players, and once Blair and Taylor are healthy, that brings us to nine. Would you rather have Street or Damontre Moore? I’m not sure it’s close. The Niners also gave Darrion Daniels the most money of any UDFA, hinting that they like him as a backup nose tackle role.

Street is caught up in a numbers game, and his injury history won’t do him any favors. I don’t think he makes the roster.