Wilson (shoulder) is part of a deep position group that now includes Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon (knee) as well as Matt Breida (ankle) and Raheem Mostert (forearm), ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner reports.
Wilson held his own while making a couple starts as an undrafted rookie in 2018, but he nonetheless figures to enter training camp as a long shot for the 53-man roster. Coleman, McKinnon and Breida are all viable candidates for key roles on offense, while Mostert has become a fixture on special teams. The decision to sign Coleman suggests the Niners view Wilson and Matt Dayes as marginal NFL talents. Looking on the bright side, Wilson likely will recover from his late-season shoulder injury in time to get some reps during OTAs and minicamp.
The 49ers' backfield was marred with injuries in 2018, beginning with Jerick McKinnon's season-ending knee injury before he could even make his debut. Matt Breida used that opportunity to shine, but he also dealt with several lower body injuries, allowing Wilson to make his mark late in the season. The undrafted rookie was able to start two games, racking up 151 yards on 38 carries (4.0 yards per carry) in those games. Wilson surpassed veteran Alfred Morris -- who is an unrestricted free agent next season -- on the depth chart, putting himself in a position to compete for a backup job behind the duo of McKinnon and Breida, assuming his late-season shoulder injury doesn't require surgery.
When Breida previously yielded the role to Wilson in Week 14, the latter turned a season-high 62 offensive snaps into 23 rushes for 90 yards and one catch (on two targets) for six yards. On the season, Wilson has averaged 4.1 yards per carry and gathered in 80 percent of his 15 targets, so he has the ability to cripple defenses in a variety of ways. He'll look to keep it up against an LA defense that has given up 125.1 yards from scrimmage per game and 14 touchdowns to running backs this season.
Wilson rushed 11 times for 27 yards while adding two receptions for an additional 11 yards in San Francisco's Week 16 loss to Chicago.
After Matt Breida left the game early with an ankle injury, Wilson finished the game as the lead running back, but was unable to have much success running against the ferocious Chicago defense. Should Breida miss next week's game, Wilson should get enough volume to be a fantasy starter against a Rams defense that can be attacked on the ground.
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||6||2||66||266||4.0||18||0||0||13|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||6||2||12||98||8.2||24||0||1||0||5|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2018||San Francisco 49ers||6||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|