The first padded practice is now less than a week away. Today, we’ll get to speak with San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk and safety Jimmie Ward at 11 a.m. PT.
25 | Richard Sherman
57 | Dre Greenlaw
This probably would’ve been C.J. Mosley, had the Jets LB not oped out.
85 | George Kittle
97 | Nick Bosa
Joey just got paid, and Joey’s got more of a track record, but you know what? Nick wasted absolutely zero time showing the NFL he’s just as dominant off the edge.
Jordan doesn’t need to hit the ceiling set for him when he was selected No. 3 overall in the 2013 NFL draft. He does need to provide value as a situational pass rusher though. There’s no expectation Jordan will step in and post double-digit sacks, but if he can step in in camp and flash the ability to be a disruptive player for 15-20 snaps per game he’ll quickly find his way into a regular role on the defensive line. The 49ers aren’t heavily invested in him though, so the onus is on Jordan to show off his value for the reigning NFC champions.
“Man, it’s great,” Armstead said Monday on a video call with Bay Area reporters. “Dion was a guy I looked up to and have for a long time, especially in college, being a freshman and he was a senior, you know, big man on campus. And I always appreciated him for sticking up for me and not being one of those seniors who talk down to freshmen and try to haze freshmen.”
Right guard appears to be the most up-in-the-air camp battle for among the new starters on offense. (Trent Williams is the unquestioned starter at left tackle in place of the retired Joe Staley, and some combination of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Jalen Hurd and first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk will try to pick up the slack following receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ departure to the Saints in free agency.)
But right guard is a bit more fuzzy. Unlike receiver, a guard would typically play every snap on offense and not rotate in platoon. Increasing the difficulty for San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan is trying to identify the best option in a truncated offseason with far less practice time than normal.
McGlinchey alluded to the importance of chemistry for the offensive line, which is a process that has to be expedited following the release of Mike Person, who then retired.
“It’s never really quite as simple as you want it to be, especially if you don’t have an offseason to get used to playing next to a couple people and we got some guys filling in in some new spots,” McGlinchey said. “There’s a lot of nuances to it, there’s a lot of different techniques that need to be applied in different spots and it’s good to have a background in that to get the ball rolling for us.”
In case you forgot, the 49ers used a fourth-round pick on former NC State defensive tackle Kentavius Street during the 2018 NFL Draft.
The move was a shock, considering Street was coming off a torn ACL suffered in a pre-draft workout not long before he was selected by San Francisco, and one should have hoped the franchise ended the previous practice of selecting players coming off such injuries.
Street was redshirted his rookie year, understandably. But he had a scant impact his sophomore year, playing in just three games and registering four tackles, including one for a loss. That marked his pro-level impact before Street was again placed on season-ending injured reserve with knee issues.
Granted, the Niners depth along their defensive line is still questionable, particularly with fellow linemen Ronald Blair and Jullian Taylor also hoping to return from torn ACLs last year. But Street being unable to participate much is putting him into one of those injury-bust categories.
If Street doesn’t emerge as a legitimate backup option during training camp, he’ll be off the roster by Week 1 without question.