The 49ers are about 90 minutes away from kickoff, and the inactive are in. As expected, George Kittle will not play Sunday as he’s still working through a groin injury. Earlier reports on Sunday hinted that Kittle might return next week against the Broncos.
Here’s a look at the inactive list for Week 2:
TE George Kittle
OL Daniel Brunskill
DE Kemoko Turay
QB Brock Purdy
OL Nick Zakelj
That means Danny Gray and Ty Davis-Price will suit up. Last week, Malik Gray and Jordan Mason played a more prominent role on special teams. This week, the 49ers are shorthanded at running back as Elijah Mitchell will be out for a couple of months with a sprained MCL.
Because of that, Deebo Samuel might be used more in the backfield. Or TDP. Gray’s speed will be a big role in holding the safeties today for some of Kyle Shanahan’s patented play-action concepts. And if one of the defensive backs feels the need to jump one a high across from Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo, Trey Lance might let it fly deep to Gray.
Also, we’re seeing more 11 (3 WR/1 TE/1 RB) personnel with Kittle injured. That means more usage for wide receivers.
I’m excited to see his speed on display, if you couldn’t tell.
This is a young team. TDP and Gray will play a role, as will Jordan Mason. Drake Jackson played a few snaps last week, but Spencer Burford and Samuel Womack start. That’s five rookies we’ll see in action today. Oh, and the 22-year-old quarterback making his fourth career start.