|Offense||31st||126.2 (4th)||181.9 (32nd)|
|Defense||32nd||165.9 (32nd)||240.5 (14th)|
|54||Armstrong, Ray-Ray||OLB||6-3||220||3/5/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|Barkley, Matt||QB||6-2||227||9/8/1990||5||Southern California|
|Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||3||Colorado State|
|98||Blair, Ronald||DE||6-3||270||1/21/1993||2||Appalachian State|
|Bolden, Victor||WR||5-8||178||4/4/1995||R||Oregon State|
|Bourne, Kendrick||WR||6-1||203||8/4/1995||R||Eastern Washington|
|53||Bowman, NaVorro||ILB||6-0||242||5/28/1988||8||Penn State|
|Breida, Matt||RB||5-10||181||2/28/1995||R||Georgia Southern|
|26||Brock, Tramaine (FA)||CB||5-10||197||8/20/1988||8||Belhaven College|
|13||Burbridge, Aaron||WR||6-0||208||12/23/1993||2||Michigan State|
|95||Carradine, Tank||LB||6-4||295||2/18/1989||5||Florida State|
|Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||190||4/10/1993||1||Sacramento State|
|88||Celek, Garrett||TE||6-5||252||5/29/1988||6||Michigan State|
|Colbert, Adrian||DB||6-2||205||10/6/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Davis, Will||DB||5-11||180||5/8/1990||5||Utah State|
|90||Dorsey, Glenn (FA)||NT||6-1||297||8/1/1985||10||LSU|
|49||Dray, Jim (FA)||TE||6-5||255||12/31/1986||8||Stanford|
|10||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||197||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|Flynn, J.P.||G||6-5||304||8/30/1993||R||Montana State|
|Fusco, Brandon||C||6-4||306||7/26/1988||7||Slippery Rock|
|Garcon, Pierre||WR||6-0||211||8/8/1986||10||Mount Union|
|66||Gardner, Andrew (FA)||G||6-6||308||4/4/1986||7||Georgia Tech|
|Gilliam, Garry||T||6-5||315||11/26/1990||4||Penn State|
|Gould, Robbie||K||6-0||190||12/6/1982||13||Penn State|
|Harris, DuJuan (FA)||RB||5-7||206||9/3/1988||4||Troy|
|Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|28||Hyde, Carlos||RB||6-0||235||9/20/1990||4||Ohio State|
|30||Iworah, Prince Charles||CB||5-10||193||3/11/1993||1||Western Kentucky|
|James, Chanceller||DB||6-1||205||//||R||Boise State|
|63||Jerod-Eddie, Tony (FA)||DE||6-5||301||3/29/1990||5||Texas A&M|
|Jerome, Lorenzo||DB||5-11||202||//||R||St. Francis (PA)|
|36||Johnson, Dontae||CB||6-2||200||12/1/1991||4||NC State|
|Johnson, B.J.||WR||6-1||214||2/22/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|Jones, Don||DB||5-11||195||5/14/1990||5||Arkansas State|
|Jones, D.J.||DT||6-0||321||1/19/1995||R||Ole Miss|
|93||Jones, Chris||DT||6-1||295||7/12/1990||5||Bowling Green|
|7||Kaepernick, Colin (FA)||QB||6-4||230||11/3/1987||7||Nevada|
|67||Kilgore, Daniel||C||6-3||308||12/18/1987||7||Appalachian State|
|Lauderdale, Andrew||T||6-6||262||11/22/1993||R||New Hampshire|
|9||Lewis, Thad (FA)||QB||6-2||219||11/19/1987||5||Duke|
|59||Lynch, Aaron||OLB||6-5||270||3/8/1993||4||South Florida|
|Mullens, Nick||QB||6-1||196||3/21/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|86||Nelson, Kyle||LS||6-2||240||10/3/1986||6||New Mexico State|
|Nwachukwu, Noble||DE||6-2||275||11/30/1994||R||West Virginia|
|15||Ponder, Christian (FA)||QB||6-2||230||2/25/1988||6||Florida State|
|63||Price, Norman||T||6-4||311||8/25/1994||1||Southern Mississippi|
|27||Reaser, Keith||CB||6-0||190||7/31/1991||3||Florida Atlantic|
|23||Redmond, Will||CB||6-0||186||12/28/1993||2||Mississippi State|
|Robinson, Aldrick||WR||5-10||187||9/24/1988||5||Southern Methodist|
|Smelter, DeAndre||WR||6-2||227||12/3/1991||1||Georgia Tech|
|Smith, Malcolm||OLB||6-0||225||7/5/1989||7||Southern California|
|74||Staley, Joe||T||6-5||315||8/30/1984||11||Central Michigan|
|Taylor, Trent||WR||5-8||181||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|25||Ward, Jimmie||CB||5-11||193||7/18/1991||4||Northern Illinois|
|Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||8||Florida State|
|Williams, Darrell||T||6-6||310||3/24/1993||R||Western Kentucky|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Bowman appears to have healed up from the torn Achilles he sustained last October remarkably fast. According to the report, Bowman looked "nimble" on the practice field Wednesday, but the 49ers still figure to exercise caution with the linebacker throughout the team's offseason activities. As the heart of a talent-deficient 49ers defense, Bowman could post huge tackle numbers in 2017 if he can stay out of the trainer's room.
Jones is among the best gunners in the league and led the Texans with 11 special teams tackles in 2016, despite playing in just nine games. Given the barren nature of the 49ers' secondary, he could conceivably carve out a role on defense this upcoming season.
Celek's toughness and blocking ability fits the mold of Shanahan's past tight ends. It helps that the 29-year-old took a step forward offensively last season with 350 yards and three touchdowns on 29 receptions, but he has more real football value to the 49ers than he does as a receiver for fantasy. Celek will compete with a handful of candidates during training camp for a spot in Shanahan's offense.
Zuttah has been dealing with a soft-tissue injury which forced him to miss time during voluntary minicamp in April. The 49ers will likely err on the side of caution when it comes to addressing their new offensive lineman's condition, making sure he's completely healthy for the beginning of the season. However, it will be something to keep an eye on throughout the summer as Zuttah aims to secure the starting center role.
The 5-foot-8 rookie wideout has impressed at times during practices this offseason, displaying his strong hands and ability to create separation on shorter routes. While he is unlikely to unseat Kerley as the team's starting slot receiver without an injury, the team could utilize his quickness as a return man this season. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but Taylor has the makings of a great PPR option if and when he gets his shot as a starter.
Showing no signs of the ankle injury he suffered in the 49ers' season finale, Robinson reportedly made a leaping interception on a deep pass from Brian Hoyer during seven-on-seven drills. He rolled with the first-string unit because Jimmie Ward (collarbone) wasn't able to participate in full, but if Ward switches to safety ahead of the upcoming campaign as expected, Robinson would likely become a mainstay in the starting lineup.
Lewis inked a one-year deal with the 49ers last March and was expected to compete for a backup gig, but was removed from the mix after suffering a season-ending torn ACL in the team's preseason opener. With his knee now fully healed, the well-traveled Lewis, who has spent time with seven NFL teams, should draw interest from clubs still searching for a No. 2 or 3 quarterback. Lewis has posted a respectable 82.2 quarterback rating in seven career regular-season games, though he hasn't appeared in a contest since 2013.
Armstrong reportedly looked "energetic as ever," showing no signs of the pectoral injury that cost him the final 14 games of the 2016 season. He looks set to enter the summer as a key backup at outside linebacker.
A 2014 fifth-round selection, Lynch has primarily operated as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, tallying 74 tackles and 14 sacks in 37 career games. The transition to a 4-3 scheme and a simpler role could help him rebound from an injury/suspension-marred 2016 season in which he managed only 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven appearances. Still only 24 years old and listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Lynch should be able to make the transition to defensive end. Recent first-round selections Arik Armstead (2015) and DeForest Buckner (2016) figure to provide a stronger interior pass-rushing presence that will make life a bit easier for Lynch and the team's other outside rushers.
The 2015 fourth-round pick finally got his first NFL catch in Week 17 of the 2016 season. The opportunity was there for Smelter this season, but a preseason injury delayed his debut. He will still be under team control next season, so a clean bill of health could lead to opportunity on a team devoid of talent on the outside, but expectations will be low for the reclamation project.
The veteran tight end posted career bests in yards (391), touchdowns (four) and YPC (16.3) in 11 games last season, earning a four-year contract extension from former GM Tren Baalke. The 49ers' new regime clearly wasn't sold on the incumbent tight end, admitting that McDonald was placed on the trading block during the 2017 NFL Draft. GM John Lynch even went out and signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen and drafted athletic tight end George Kittle to help create more competition at the tight end position. McDonald will have to show that he can be an effective blocker and stay healthy (16 games missed over last four seasons) during training camp in order to hang on to his role as the 49ers' top tight end.
In essence, Goodwin will be tasked with filling the Taylor Gabriel role as Kyle Shanahan takes his offense from Atlanta to San Francisco. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he won't be afforded luxuries like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, or an RB tandem like Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. However, new 49ers signal-caller Brian Hoyer has impressed over the last few campaigns, and Goodwin will be surrounded by running back Carlos Hyde (knee), wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), meaning the 26-year burner will have a chance to make his presence felt as a deep threat.
Iworah was promoted to the Niners' active roster two weeks ago. He suited up for last week's game against the Rams and isn't known to be dealing with an injury, so his inactive status for Sunday's game came as a surprise.
Hyde is entering the final year of his rookie contract after rushing for a career-best 988 yards and six touchdowns on 4.6 yards per carry, and also catching 27 passes for 163 yards and three more scores last season. Despite that success, however, Hyde's production was cut short somewhat by missing three games due to shoulder and knee problems. While he's expected to recover from his season-ending torn MCL in time for training camp, Hyde will acclimate while fending off competition from offseason additions Tim Hightower, Joe Williams and Kapri Bibbs in new coach Kyle Shanahan's scheme. Hyde sees that situation as a positive, though, especially after Shanahan utilized both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman so well in Atlanta last season.
The 49ers decided to get a bit younger at the kicker position, letting 42-year-old Phil Dawson walk in favor of the 35-year-old free agent. Gould was the model of consistency with the Bears prior to being released last season. He latched on with the Giants and proved that he was still a reliable option, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts (albeit none of the 50-plus variety). The 49ers were one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, but if their new GM and head coach can improve the offensive output, then Gould could be a consistent fantasy contributor in an era where reliable kickers have been few and far between.
Jerod-Eddie injured his chest in the second week of the preseason but returned against Green Bay on Sept. 26 and had his best showing with four tackles. He projects as a backup lineman if he can survive Saturday's roster cuts.
Carter spent training camp with the Patriots but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Entering his third season in the league, the Sacramento State product will compete for a role on special teams or as a depth option at wide receiver.
Hightower, who is set to turn 31 in May, has spent the past two seasons in a backup role with the Saints. The 49ers now have five running backs on the depth chart, having re-signed DuJuan Harris earlier in the week. Carlos Hyde (knee) is the clear-cut starter heading into the 2017 season, but Hightower will have a chance to compete with Harris, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert for snaps.
The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before spending 2016 without a team. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams, and have opted to give him a shot with a club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.
Armstead finished 2016 on injured reserve due to the injury, but it shouldn't restrict him at all heading into OTAs and training camp. The former first-round pick looks primed to fill one of the starting roles at defensive end in the 49ers' 4-3 defense this season.
Dray was signed to replace Blake Bell (shoulder), who was placed on IR Monday. Likely the last option at tight end, behind Garrett Celek and Je'Ron Hamm, Dray is unlikely to have much of any fantasy impact in the final two weeks of the season.
Johnson wasn't certain to play at first due to a groin issue but ultimately suited up to compile four tackles and two deflected passes.
Though no major conclusions should be drawn from a minicamp practice in April, Blair looks to have the early edge on Aaron Lynch for the "Leo" linebacker role in the 49ers' new 4-3 defense. However, the possibility of the 49ers selecting an edge rusher early in this weekend's draft could quickly change Blair's standing on the depth chart.
The rookie wideout was buried on the depth chart for the majority of the season, but he saw more reps in the final weeks of the season once injuries took a toll on the 49ers' receiving corps. The lack of targets (eight over the last three weeks) make it hard to evaluate the 2015 Big Ten Receiver of the Year heading into next season. The 49ers' offseason moves will determine whether or not playing time will be available for Burbridge.
Undrafted in 2014, Bibbs has spent the last three years with the Broncos, spending considerable time on the practice squad for two seasons before making the 53-man roster in 2016. Bibbs appeared in 12 games last season, carrying 29 times for 129 yards. He's expected to compete with DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, Tim Hightower and Joe Williams for backup carries behind Carlos Hyde.
At 30 years old, Paulsen is the elder statesman of the group of tight ends currently in camp. While that works against him on paper, his size (6-foot-5, 268 pounds), blocking ability and presence as a red-zone threat (six touchdowns on 82 receptions) make the veteran a good fit for Shanahan's offense. Both he and Garrett Celek possess similar skill sets, and they will likely compete for a spot on the depth chart this preseason.
As a rookie, Buckner was played a whopping 1,005 defensive snaps, good for 87 percent of the 49ers total defensive snaps. The new administration would rather utilize the former first-round pick to the best of his ability, instead of having him on the field at all times. This style makes sense for the 49ers considering the team's selection of Solomon Thomas and the signing of Elvis Dumervil - which gives the defense more capable lineman than starting positions. Buckner is welcome to the change of pace as he'll finally get a chance to catch his breath on Sundays. "There were times last year where I was dead tired and they wouldn't take me out," the 23-year-old said. "I feel like I'm hurting the team more staying out there not be able to, you know, live up to my full potential when I'm out there. And if I'm going hard and the coach pulls me out for a play or two to catch my breath so I can get back out there and be more efficient, I'll definitely take that."
The former quarterback was drafted as a developmental project in 2015, but his lack of production over the last two seasons puts him in a questionable position as the team moves towards training camp July 27. Bell has the size (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) to profile as a prominent red-zone threat, but with plenty of competition in camp, he will have to display progress in his development to make the cut.
Kittle only had 48 receptions in four seasons playing in a run-heavy offense at the University of Iowa, but his impressive showing at the Combine -- where he ran a 4.52 40 at 6-foot-4, 247 pounds -- suggests he has the potential to pose a major receiving threat in the NFL. His lack of pass-catching experience normally would have him pegged as a developmental prospect, but San Francisco's lack of talent at tight end hints at an open competition for snaps during training camp. Returning starter Vance McDonald (shoulder) was shopped during the draft, while Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen are mostly valued for their contributions as run blockers. Kittle could make a push for one of the top two spots on the Week 1 depth chart.
Jones played only six games for the 49ers in 2016, recording 17 combined tackles. He was claimed off of waivers by San Francisco last season after Arik Armstead went down with a shoulder injury. Jones will provide depth for the 49ers' defensive line.
Mitchell was cut by the Dolphins in a cap-saving move last week but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. While the Arizona product racked up a career-low 17 tackles and zero sacks last season, he could be in line for a rebound in 2017 if he can secure the Niners' first-string nose tackle job this summer; the incumbent starting nose tackle, Glenn Dorsey, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.
Aside from six games missed in his first season with the Redskins in 2012, Garcon has been a modicum of health in his other eight campaigns, missing five contests otherwise and none over the past four years. During that four-year span, he led the NFL in receptions once with 113 in 2013, received between 105 and 181 targets each season, and surpassed 1,000 yards on two occasions. On a sour note, he's topped out at six touchdowns in a given campaign, so his value is largely contingent upon a steady volume and avoiding the injury report. In San Francisco, he'll be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan, which should help Garcon sustain relevance in his third stop as a professional.
Smith's contract includes $13 million in guaranteed money. He led the Raiders with 103 tackles last season, and added an interception and two forced fumbles. The seventh-year linebacker has had some problems in pass coverage, but will still be a major boost to a run defense that was atrocious in 2016. The 49ers surrendered a whopping 165.9 rushing yards per game last season, good for dead last in the NFL.
Mostert reportedly sustained some sort of soft-tissue injury, but the details of the affliction aren't clear. The 49ers have issued no timetable for Mostert's return to full activities.
Harold was the early favorite to start in place of Lynch heading into training camp and he apparently did enough to not lose that right. He didn't record a sack in a limited role last season, so it is unlikely he will be able to replicate Lynch's pass-rushing prowess while he fills in for the suspended linebacker.
Dorsey was inactive for the 49ers' matchup with the Rams this past week, as he was dealing with some discomfort in his knee. However, he's slowly upped his workload in practice over the last few days, going through a limited practice Wednesday, before logging a full session Thursday. It appears he should be good to go moving forward, so look for him to jump back in as the team's starting nose tackle heading into a Week 17 tilt with the Seahawks.
Hoyer spent two seasons with Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season, where Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. Hoyer started 13 games that season, registering 3,326 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Now the two reunite in San Francisco after gaining valuable experience over the past two seasons on different teams. Since Hoyer has the base of the offense already down, the veteran quarterback could be in store for a productive fantasy season, especially given Shanahan's quarterback-friendly offensive schemes.
The veteran heads to San Fran to play alongside a young core of pass rushers. Dumervil, 33, appears likely to take on a rotational rusher role but will also serve as a mentor to the likes of 2017 third-overall pick Solomon Thomas, 2016 first-round pick DeForest Buckner and 2015 first-round pick Arik Armstead. Dumervil, a five-time Pro Bowler, missed eight games with the Ravens last season due to a foot injury. He played with current 49ers GM John Lynch early on in his career with the Broncos and now sits at 99 career sacks over 11 seasons.
After signing Brian Hoyer to a two-year deal earlier Thursday, the 49ers further bolstered their quarterback situation by adding another former Bear in Barkley. The 26-year-old Barkley showed flashes of potential in his run as the Bears' starter in 2016, completing over 60 percent of his passes in his final five starts and throwing five touchdowns in that stretch. He was prone to turnovers, however, as he tossed a whopping 12 interceptions in that span and 14 interceptions overall. In any case, he'll likely serve as Hoyer's backup in coach Kyle Shanahan's quarterback-friendly system.
Reaser played 48 snaps and recorded two tackles after taking over for the injured Ward on Sunday. The former's injury looked serious and he could miss extended time. If that's the case, then Reaser could be in line to start in his place.
Carradine had failed to record a statistic prior to exiting the contest. The severity of his injury is not known at this time. Eli Harold may see a bigger role providing outside linebacker depth in his absence.
Foster is still in rehabilitation from February shoulder surgery but it sounds like he's moving around well and remains on track to return in full capacity for training camp. Shanahan said his preparation to this point has been geared more to the weak side, so look for him to assume backup duties to Malcolm Smith when camp opens.
Brock's release comes just hours after news broke that he was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. While the cornerback will have to see how that case pans out, he'll also be without a job until further notice.
Thomas (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) is a stocky end who lacks the wingspan of linemen typically drafted this high, but he was a productive disruptor at Stanford and has excellent athleticism for the position. He logged a 4.69-second 40 at the Combine, throwing in strong jumps (35-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump) and uncommon agility (6.95-second three-cone, 4.28-second 20-yard shuttle). Even as a rookie, Thomas may be the best pass rusher on a 49ers defense lacking edge talent.
The issue is unrelated to Ellington's hamstring injury that cost him the entire 2016 season. However, with a new head coach in town, any offseason workouts Ellington misses may only put him further behind the learning curve in picking up the new offense. In addition, with the 49ers having brought in Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson this offseason to bolster the wide receiver ranks, the lack of reps could be a legitimate concern for Ellington.
Davis missed a practice early in August with an undisclosed injury, but he appears fully recovered from whatever kept him out. He's a favorite to land a spot on the back end of the Ravens' secondary depth chart.
Despite spending a third-round draft pick on the quarterback out of Iowa, the 49ers are committed to developing the young arm behind the seasoned veteran, Brian Hoyer. Beathard could potentially wind up on the practice squad if both Hoyer and Matt Barkley enter camp healthy. While the rookie doesn't have the characteristics of a high-end fantasy quarterback, working with Shanahan -- who has gotten the most out of his quarterbacks -- could result in some fantasy-friendly performances down the road.
In terms of size and athleticism, there's not much difference between Witherspoon and Kevin King, who the Packers selected 33rd overall. At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Witherspoon logged a 4.45-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 40.5-inch vertical and 127-inch broad jump. He was a leading contributor on a dominant Colorado pass defense, and he makes a fine selection for the 49ers here.
Kerley appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers during the 2016 season after coming over from the Jets, finishing his campaign with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns on 115 targets. He was also involved in kick and punt return duties, while serving as the No. 2 option at receiver behind Torrey Smith. Kerley expects to play a similar role in 2017, although there remains some uncertainty as to who will be the starting quarterback in San Francisco.
New head coach Kyle Shanahan made a strong push convincing the San Francisco front office to draft Williams, who was ultimately selected in the fourth round at No. 121 overall. General manager John Lynch initially planed to avoid the Utah product, but Lynch changed his mind when he learned that Williams' brief retirement from football during his senior season at Utah was motivated by the running back's need to deal with grief from his sister's death. Williams rejoined the team after a month-long absence and proceeded to run for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns in only seven games, producing at a clip of 7.1 yards per carry. He then ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds at the Combine, where he also had strong marks in the broad jump (125 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.19 seconds). Meanwhile, the oft-injured Hyde is entering the final season of his rookie contract, having missed 14 of a possible 48 games through three years. Hyde has mostly done strong work as an early-down runner when he's been healthy, but the rebuilding 49ers may still prioritize Williams' development if both players prove to be deserving of roles. Offseason addition Tim Hightower also figures to take on some snaps -- particularly on passing downs -- as Williams only caught nine passes during his senior season, and Hyde has never been much of a receiving threat.
Kaepernick is a realistic candidate to potentially join the backup competition in Seattle behind starter Russell Wilson. If they are able to eventually work out a contract, Kaepernick would be the Seahawks' most-experienced No. 2 option at quarterback by far. Trevone Boykin has attempted just 18 passes during his rookie year in 2016, but off-the-field issues have plagued the TCU product throughout the offseason. Jake Heaps is next in line, but he's never played a down in the NFL after losing the back-up battle against Boykin last season.
Harris didn't receive a tender offer from San Francisco once free agency started, but he did ultimately re-sign with the team in late March. However, after the Niners drafted Joe Williams in the fourth round and brought in rookies for tryouts over the weekend, Harris has again been cut loose. In 10 games last season, Harris rushed 38 times for just 138 yards and caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Watson had struggled to stay healthy the past few years, but he strung together a full, 16-game season with the Broncos in 2016 and wound up leading the team with 11 special-teams tackles. While he could theoretically carve out a rotational role at linebacker this summer, look for him to do most of his work for the Niners on special teams.
A 2013 first-round selection, Reid has started at free safety in each of his 57 career regular-season appearances, averaging a modest 4.4 tackles per game. He was actually poised to make a push for triple digits last season, but a torn biceps ended his campaign after 10 games and 62 tackles. With Reid expected to play closer to the line as San Francisco transitions from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, he'll have a good opportunity to top his career-high mark of 77 tackles, which he set as a rookie in 2013. The Niners might consider starting Reid at strong safety and 2015 second-round selection Jaquiski Tartt at free safety, but it's possible the roles could be reversed or that 2014 first-rounder Jimmie Ward will also be in the mix for a starting gig. Ward primarily played nickel cornerback last season.
San Francisco is completely revamping the offense under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, adding Juszczyk to a haul that includes quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin in the initial hours of free agency. Juszczyk himself boasts a varied skill set, earning 55.4 percent of his offensive snaps running pass routes, 22.6 percent as a run blocker, and 20.9 percent in pass protection with the Ravens last season, per Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus. Notably, Juszczyk tallied 41 and 37 catches the last two seasons, so he could again establish some PPR relevance with his new squad.
Ward's fifth-year option keeps him under contract with San Francisco through the 2018 season. A former cornerback, he's expected to convert to safety for the 2017 season. He had 53 tackles and 12 passes defensed while playing in 11 games in 2016.
The ex-Falcon will join his former offensive coordinator in the Bay Area with the announcement of Thursday's signing. Robinson reeled in 20 receptions for 323 yards and two touchdowns on 32 targets last season, but that was on a Falcons team that was loaded at receiver. In San Francisco, there's at least the possibility of a clearer path to more targets for Robinson seeing as the current receiving pecking order for the 49ers appears to be unsettled behind the newly acquired Pierre Garcon.
The undrafted free agent out of Louisville had a strong 2016 campaign and was brought into camp to compete for a role in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He has received an extensive look during the 49ers' offseason program, and he could move up the depth chart with a strong showing during training camp as the club starts from scratch with their bevvy of tight end options. A focus point of Hikutini's evaluation will be how well he has recovered from a knee injury that hurt his draft stock this past offseason. The 21-year-old produced 668 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior season with Louisville, so he possesses some playmaking potential if he were to make the roster.
Redmond was elected to return from IR as he was working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in 2015. However, the team decided to not activate the cornerback to the 53-man roster, meaning he will remain on the IR for the remainder of the season. The rookie will shift his focus to returning to the field completely healthy next year as Jimmie Ward and Tramaine Brock will continue to to start at cornerback this season.
Tartt got the start in place of the injured Eric Reid (biceps) and took full advantage of the opportunity. While his coverage skills will need work, Tartt has undeniable athleticism, making him a candidate to rack up tackles so long as he continues to start.
This looks like a pure depth grab here with San Francisco already loaded along the front four. That said, Taumoepenu has some athleticism, notching a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized, even at defensive end, checking in at 6-foot-1 and just 243 pounds. His lack of size coupled with San Francisco's depth up front means that it could be awhile before Taumoepenu sees the field.
Dial appears ready to return to game action in Week 15 against the Falcons after missing Sunday's loss to the Jets. He'll provide depth at defensive end behind Chris Jones and DeForest Buckner.
While never spectacular, Brooks continues to turn in solid seasons from a statistical standpoint, offering a good mix of tackles and sacks that keep him IDP-relevant. The 32-year-old was relied upon heavily as the team was struck with injuries at the linebacker position. Brooks remains under contract for next season and would fit the team's need for a versatile outside linebacker. Due to his rising age and salary, there is always a chance the 49ers opt to cut him to move towards younger options through the draft or free agency. If that were to happen, Brooks would need to land a starting job in a 3-4 system to retain IDP value.
Ponder has spent the entire regular season as the 49ers' inactive third quarterback. With the club receiving inconsistent play under center between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, the coaching staff may be inching towards giving the former first-rounder a look in the final game or two. No official change has been announced, but if Ponder were to receive playing time, he would be a low-upside fantasy option due to his reputation as a "game manager."