|Offense||11th||103.9 (20th)||245.3 (9th)|
|Defense||23rd||116.3 (22nd)||235.2 (22nd)|
|92||Attaochu, Jeremiah||DE||6-3||252||1/17/1993||5||Georgia Tech|
|98||Blair, Ronald||DE||6-4||270||1/21/1993||3||Appalachian State|
|17||Bolden, Victor||WR||5-8||178||4/4/1995||2||Oregon State|
|84||Bourne, Kendrick||WR||6-1||203||8/4/1995||2||Eastern Washington|
|22||Breida, Matt||RB||5-10||190||2/28/1995||2||Georgia Southern|
|13||Burbridge, Aaron||WR||6-1||208||12/23/1993||3||Michigan State|
|88||Celek, Garrett||TE||6-5||252||5/29/1988||7||Michigan State|
|27||Colbert, Adrian||DB||6-2||205||10/6/1993||2||Miami (FL)|
|64||Cooper, Jonathan||G||6-2||308||1/19/1990||6||North Carolina|
|96||Day, Sheldon||DT||6-1||294||7/1/1994||3||Notre Dame|
|49||Dwelley, Ross||TE||6-5||240||1/26/1995||R||San Diego|
|38||Exum, Antone||DB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||5||Virginia Tech|
|60||Flynn, JP||G||6-5||320||8/30/1993||1||Montana State|
|15||Garcon, Pierre||WR||6-0||211||8/8/1986||11||Mount Union|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||5||Eastern Illinois|
|76||Gilliam, Garry||T||6-5||305||11/26/1990||5||Penn State|
|67||Gonzalez, Chris||G||6-3||310||7/3/1995||R||San Jose State|
|9||Gould, Robbie||K||6-0||190||12/6/1982||14||Penn State|
|82||James, Richie||WR||5-9||185||9/5/1995||R||Middle Tennessee|
|43||James, Chanceller||DB||6-2||208||9/26/1994||2||Boise State|
|46||Johnson, Malcolm||RB||6-1||231||8/11/1992||3||Mississippi State|
|93||Jones, D.J.||DT||6-0||321||1/19/1995||2||Ole Miss|
|61||Lauderdale, Andrew||T||6-6||291||11/22/1993||1||New Hampshire|
|47||Lee, Elijah||LB||6-2||229||2/8/1996||2||Kansas State|
|33||McFadden, Tarvarus||DB||6-2||205||1/28/1997||R||Florida State|
|69||McGlinchey, Mike||T||6-8||315||1/12/1995||R||Notre Dame|
|28||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||5||Georgia Southern|
|33||McNichols, Jeremy||RB||5-9||205||12/26/1995||1||Boise State|
|45||Moore, Tarvarius||DB||6-2||200||8/16/1996||R||Southern Miss|
|46||Morris, Alfred||RB||5-10||222||12/12/1988||7||Florida Atlantic|
|4||Mullens, Nick||QB||6-1||210||3/21/1995||1||Southern Miss|
|71||Murphy, Pace||T||6-6||308||3/2/1994||2||Northwestern State-Louisiana|
|86||Nelson, Kyle||LS||6-2||240||10/3/1986||7||New Mexico State|
|68||Person, Mike||T||6-4||300||6/17/1988||8||Montana State|
|30||Powell, Tyvis||DB||6-2||211||2/16/1994||2||Ohio State|
|40||Reed, D.J.||CB||5-9||188||11/11/1996||R||Kansas State|
|58||Richburg, Weston||G||6-4||290||7/9/1991||5||Colorado State|
|43||Saxton, Wes||TE||6-4||235||8/13/1993||1||South Alabama|
|67||Scott, Niles||NT||6-3||280||9/30/1995||R||Frostburg State|
|74||Staley, Joe||T||6-5||295||8/30/1984||12||Central Michigan|
|95||Street, Kentavius||DE||6-2||287||5/8/1996||R||North Carolina State|
|66||Sutton, Will||DT||6-1||290||10/3/1991||4||Arizona State|
|81||Taylor, Trent||WR||5-8||180||4/30/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|63||Thornton, Cedric||DT||6-4||290||6/21/1988||7||Southern Arkansas|
|20||Ward, Jimmie||DB||5-11||193||7/18/1991||5||Northern Illinois|
|97||Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||9||Florida State|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||2||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|78||Williams, Darrell||T||6-6||310||3/24/1993||2||Western Kentucky|
|41||Wilson, Jeff||RB||6-0||194||11/16/1995||R||North Texas|
|6||Williams, Terrell (IR)||DB||6-4||212||6/29/1996||R||Houston|
Wilson was the last running back to enter the contest, but he was also the only runner to average a minimum of four yards per carry. That said, the undrafted rookie appears to be low in the pecking order in the 49ers' third running back competition, but he can certainly elevate his status with a strong showing in the final two weeks of the preseason.
Drawing the start in place of George Kittle (shoulder), Celek logged his one catch on the 49ers' first play from scrimmage. The 30-year-old journeyman is certainly serviceable in the stopgap role that he's currently serving in with Kittle sidelined, but his ideal slotting is that of a complementary option to a front-line starter. As such, Celek's fantasy value is decidedly modest and limited to the deepest of formats at present, although any downgrade to Kittle's status would change that outlook to an extent. Celek figures to run with the first team once again and see extended time during next Saturday's night's "dress rehearsal" game against the Colts.
Mabin missed each of the last two games with a calf injury. However, his full participation in practice Wednesday puts him in line to return for the season finale Sunday against the Rams.
Although his final line was undeniably modest, Taylor significantly propped it up by capping off a game-opening, 10-play, 78-yard march with a two-yard scoring connection with Jimmy Garoppolo. The second-year receiver has been progressively working back into practice after coming off the PUP list July 31, and Saturday's participation and results were certainly encouraging. After turning in solid numbers out of the slot as a rookie (43-430-2) and adding 289 return yards, Taylor projects as an intriguing asset for PPR formats in the coming season, especially since he'll have the opportunity to play a full campaign with Garoppolo if the health of both endures. Taylor will look to continue building his conditioning back up for regular-season action in next Saturday night's "dress rehearsal" game versus the Colts.
Harris was nursing an Achilles injury when the 49ers selected him in the sixth round of April's draft. He is competing with Antone Exum for a spot behind Jaquiski Tartt at strong safety, but Harris has had limited action since arriving in San Francisco. His best path to make the team may be through special teams at this time.
Bourne caught 16 of 35 targets for 257 yards as an undrafted rookie last year, with all of his production coming in November and December. While Marquise Goodwin (back) and Pierre Garcon (neck) are locked in atop the depth chart and Trent Taylor is the favorite to man the slot, it isn't out of the question for Bourne or second-round rookie Dante Pettis to make a push for the No. 3 gig. Taylor exploded for 92 yards in Jimmy Garoppolo's first start last season, but he then managed just 99 yards over the final four weeks of the campaign.
Lee suffered the knee injury during last week's game against the Cardinals. Given that he functions mainly as a special teams asset, the 49ers defense shouldn't experience any appreciable drop-off in Week 10.
Wick suffered an injury scare after being carted off the field during a practice earlier this month, but his speedy recovery confirmed the minor nature of his knee injury. The 6-foot-6 tight end is currently competing with Cole Hikutini for third on the 49ers' depth chart. Wick was the first to relieve temporary starter Garrett Celek on Saturday, giving him a slight lead over his counterpart heading into the third week of the preseason.
The veteran was simply absent due to rest. Having earned his stripes through the years, Staley was rewarded with the day off. Staley expects to be back at practice next week.
Person began his career with the 49ers as a seventh-round draft pick in 2011, but he's mostly bounced around the league ever since. Over his seven professional seasons, Person has suited up for a total of six different clubs, appearing in 12 games. Look for him to fill a depth role along the offensive line for San Francisco if he's able to make the team out of training camp.
As expected with Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder) sidelined, McNichols drew the start and saw a robust workload. His overall production -- 47 yards on 13 touches -- was serviceable yet unspectacular, but he certainly didn't hurt his chances, especially considering he faced the Texans' first-team defense for part of the night. McNichols played into the third quarter before giving way to Joe Williams, who actually had an even tougher time finding running room (eight carries, 18 yards). Even with the newly signed Alfred Morris projected to play in next Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, McNichols is likely to see plenty of touches with which he can continue making a case for a roster spot.
Toomer rotated with Hayes Pullard as the starting inside linebacker to start the season, but once Denzel Perryman returned from a preseason ankle injury in Week 10 the 29-year-old was essentially slotted as a special teams player. While Toomer racked up numbers during his time in the starting lineup, the defense struggled to stop the run, only turning things around when Perryman made his 2017 debut. With Perryman expected to be fully healthy next season, Pullard still hanging around as a cheap backup, and the tantalizing promise of second-year inside linebacker Jatavis Brown, it'll be interesting to see whether the Chargers make an effort to re-sign Toomer. An unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason, Toomer could be a serviceable option in deeper IDP leagues should he find a home as a starting inside linebacker.
Day was claimed by the 49ers from the Jaguars at the tail end of the 2017 season. The 22-year-old recorded 18 tackles and a pair of sacks in a limited role. Day is currently one of the frontrunners to win a backup defensive tackle role in 2018.
Signed at the beginning of the week, Morris began practicing with the 49ers on Wednesday and apparently wasn't quite ready to play in a game. He should have a chance to make his case for a roster spot in next Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.
The 49ers quickly ruled Breida out for the rest of the preseason after he separated his shoulder in the exhibition opener, but coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects the running back to be ready for Week 1. Look for Breida to ramp up his activity level in practice as the Sept. 9 opener against Minnesota draws closer. Any complications would create an opportunity for Jeremy McNichols, Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert or Alfred Morris to get involved in the San Francisco offense.
The receptions all came from Jimmy Garoppolo on third downs, including a 40-yard gain down the left sideline on the third snap of the game. Reports out of training camp suggest Goodwin -- rather than Pierre Garcon -- has been Garoppolo's go-to target in practice this summer. The first two weeks of the preseason have supported that notion, with Goodwin holding a 6-2 advantage in targets and a 4-1 edge in receptions.
Powell was previously placed on injured reserve shortly after the Colts claimed him off waivers in June.
Flynn signed a two-year contract with the 49ers in late July after spending the majority of 2017 on the team's practice squad. The severity and specifics of the injury are not yet known.
Marsh is expected to be used as a pass-rush specialist and special teams contributor with the 49ers after inking a two-year extension this past offseason. The 24-year-old recorded three sacks in a similar role with both the Patriots and 49ers in 2017.
Williams was carted off the practice field Thursday with what is now confirmed to be a season-ending knee injury. Fortunately, the safety will not require surgery. The 49ers re-signed defensive back Dexter McCoil to take Williams' spot during training camp.
Entering the second season of a two-year, $4 million contract, the 35-year-old kicker likely would be amenable to signing an extension. He had the best season of a solid career in 2017, converting 39 of 41 field-goal attempts for a San Francisco team that ranked 12th in yards and only 27th in red-zone touchdown percentage (47.1). Gould likely will trade some of those field goals for PATs this upcoming season, but he'll still be a strong fantasy option if Jimmy Garoppolo can carry his late-season success into 2018.
A former third-round selection in 2014, Sutton spent his first three seasons with the Bears, recording 82 tackles and seven pass breakups. After his release last May, he joined the Vikings but failed to make the 53-man roster and was cut after the preseason. He'll vie for a depth role with San Francisco if he cracks the final roster.
Sherman, despite easing his way back into team portions of practice last week, did not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. However, he is still expected to resume activity during practice this week and could finally make his 49ers debut Saturday against the Colts.
Magnuson was competing for a starting job at right guard this preseason, but the untimely injury will keep him out of the competition.
Jones suffered a knee injury during Week 8's loss to the Eagles, and while it wasn't serious enough to land him on IR, he has already been ruled out for Week 9. The 49ers will either turn to their practice squad or free agency to fill his depth role on the defensive line.
Bolden was primarily being used on special teams last season as a return man before an ankle injury caused him to land on the team's injured reserve. Should he make the team's final roster, he'll now have to wait until at least Week 5 to make his return to the field. However, the suspension could lead to the 49ers releasing Bolden.
Garnett will slide back into the starting right guard position. Look for Jonathan Cooper to move back in the depth chart and assume his role with the second team.
Williams suffered the ankle injury late in camp, and the early "out" designation is not a good sign for his health heading towards to regular season. The 27-year-old is competing with Jimmie Ward for the 49ers' slot corner job, but health may ultimately cost him the opportunity to begin the season in that role.
Armstead's absence will open the door for rookie Jullian Taylor on the defensive line, though coach Kyle Shanahan indicated the 49ers, "were going to do that anyways" based on Taylor's reps early in camp. Armstead has appeared in just a combined 14 games over the last two seasons due to injury, but it could cost him some snaps even when healthy this time around.
The 49ers declined the fifth-year team option on Tomlinson's contract in early May, but as Friday's extension indicates, they still view him as a starting offensive lineman. However, the team apparently didn't feel that Tomlinson was worth the $9.6 million he otherwise would have been owed under the previous terms. Regardless, the 2015 first-rounder is now set to stick around in San Francisco through the 2021 campaign.
After J.J. Wilcox spurned the 49ers a day earlier and signed with the Jets, San Francisco brought back Exum to fortify their safety ranks. Exum served mainly as a depth option in the secondary after joining the 49ers last November, though he did see the field for 40 defensive snaps in his two appearances with the club. If he breaks camp with the 49ers, Exum will offer provide assistance on the team's kick-coverage units.
Blair -- who was recently reinstated from injured reserve -- was filling in for Solomon Thomas (knee), who was a late scratch Sunday. The 24-year-old responded with the best performance of his young career. While the upcoming bye week should afford Thomas enough time to be ready for Week 12's matchup against Seattle, Blair's impressive showing could keep him in the starting lineup in place of the expendable Leger Douzable.
Burbridge saw over 200 snaps on both offense and special teams as a rookie in 2016, but the receiver then spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. However, it doesn't seem like his job is in jeopardy, as Burbridge's reportedly good showing in minicamp and OTAs this spring suggests he has an inside track to a roster spot ahead of the 2018 campaign. However, the Niners suddenly have a host of intriguing options at receiver, so Burbidge might not be a great bet to see as many offensive snaps as he did in his first year.
The 29-year-old was on the open market for only a few days after the Cowboys cut ties with him when a hamstring injury sidelined him for much of training camp. Buffalo's decision to bring Thornton aboard suggests he's reasonably healthy now, but it's not expected that he'll see many snaps this season behind the dominant defensive tackle tandem of Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.
Buckner was used primarily as an interior lineman last season, posting 61 tackles and three sacks over 16 games. Moving the 23-year-old to the outside will accomplish two things: help him get more one-on-one matchups while bolstering a lackluster 49ers' edge rush. Buckner figures to see the majority of snaps at his primary defensive tackle position, but the team's willingness to play him outside on passing downs could result directly in an uptick in sacks this year.
The Niners were quick to rule Kittle out for the rest of the exhibition slate after he suffered a separated right shoulder in the first game of the preseason. The injury is expected to heal with rest before Week 1, but it could have a slight impact on the division of playing time between Kittle and Garrett Celek. There won't be any serious cause for concern unless Kittle is still limited to individual drills when the 49ers begin preparation for the regular-season opener. Running back Matt Breida (shoulder) suffered a similar injury in the same game and seems to be on the same recovery path.
It's unclear exactly when Warner suffered the injury, but it doesn't seem to be too serious given that he's being evaluated on a day-by-day basis. Warner was selected by the 49ers in the third round of this year's draft and is expected to contribute immediately at linebacker in San Francisco.
With Andrew Norwell heading to Jacksonville, the 49ers may have viewed Richburg as the top remaining interior lineman. The 2014 second-round pick played left guard as a rookie and center the past three seasons, making 50 starts in 51 games. A concussion limited Richburg to four games last year, but the Niners apparently aren't too concerned. Jimmy Garoppolo surely appreciates the effort to upgrade a shaky offensive line.
Gilliam has been going through protocol since suffering the concussion at the team's preseason opener against the Cowboys. An update should come Tuesday on whether Gilliam is cleared.
Fresh off inking a four-year contract last offseason, the veteran defensive tackle surpassed his previous career high in snaps that he set with Miami back in 2014. Primarily a run-stuffer, Mitchell didn't post totals that would appeal to IDP owners. His heavy usage indicates that the 49ers will likely feel comfortable deploying the 30-year-old in a similar early-down role next season.
Garcon didn't show up in the box score, but his presence in the starting lineup confirms his good health heading into the season after a neck injury cost him eight games in 2017. Marquise Goodwin took advantage of the veteran's absence down the stretch, solidifying his role as the club's big-play threat. The two wideouts will start alongside each other this season, and Garcon figures to serve a possession receiver role. The 32-year-old will have PPR appeal after posting 40 catches for 500 yards in eight games, none of which came with Jimmy Garoppolo under center.
Smith was one of several 49ers players to go down in Thursday's preseason opener, but it sounds like he avoided serious injury. The veteran is looking to make an impact this season after missing the entire 2017 campaign with a torn pectoral muscle. Assuming he stays healthy, Smith has a chance to open the year as an impact IDP option with Reuben Foster slated to miss the first two weeks with a suspension.
Mostert is trying to fend off a slew of running backs in order to hang on to his spot as third on the depth chart come Week 1. The lack of carries may look grim at first glance, but the fact that the 26-year-old lined up with the first unit on special teams -- also contributing a jarring hit as a gunner on punt coverage -- bodes well for his chances to serve a similar role once Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) and Matt Breida (shoulder) return for the regular season. Expect Mostert to get some run in the team's preseason dress rehearsal next week against the Colts.
It sounds like Harold will return sometime before the regular season kicks off, where he projects to start at weakside linebacker. The 23-year-old had a disappointing season from an IDP standpoint last year, recording just 34 tackles (26 solo) and two sacks despite starting (in base formations) for the majority of the season.
Cooper will continue being eased back into action after coming off the PUP list last week, as the 49ers won't rush him back from an MCL injury. He'll compete for the starting spot at right guard upon his eventual return to full strength, but his availability for Thursday's preseason opener doesn't look too promising as he just took 11-on-11 snaps for the first time Sunday.
Saxton, who went undrafted out of South Alabama in 2015, has appeared in just one regular-season contest throughout his career in the league. The 49ers are pretty much set at tight end with George Kittle and Garrett Celek at the top of the depth chart, so Saxton will be a longshot to make the 53-man roster.
Foster's shoulder injury at the end of his college career at Alabama was one of the main reasons he slid to the 49ers at the end of the first round in the 2017 draft. Saleh is making an effort to improve the young linebacker's extension when engaged with blockers so that he can get off the block quicker and put himself in a squared-up position before making contact with ball carriers. The school of thought here is that Foster's improved positioning should help him avoid awkward tackling positions that could jeopardize his vulnerable shoulders. The 24-year-old missed five games last season with various injuries, so any improvement in his ability to stay healthy is certainly a benefit to the team and IDP owners alike. Foster will sit out the first two games of the season due to off-field incidents this past offseason, but he should still be the 49ers' top IDP performer even with the suspension.
After appearing in five games for the Jaguars last season, McCaffrey signed with the 49ers this offseason with hopes of securing a 53-man roster. Missing time during the preseason doesn't help his cause, especially with a large portion of Week 3 of the preseason reserved for starters.
Johnson, who has appeared in 19 NFL games during his three-year career, didn't log a single snap in 2017 after being waived by the Seahawks prior to training camp. With Kyle Juszczyk locked in as the 49ers' fullback, Johnson looks like he'll be little more than a camp body for San Francisco if he sticks on the roster through this summer.
Thomas has been in protocol since suffering a head injury in the preseason opener against the Cowboys. Tuesday will be the first day that Thomas could potentially return to practice after he undergoes more testing.
Ward is expected to get some reps at corner during camp, a position the versatile defensive back has played multiple times in his brief career. If that plan sticks, Colbert appears to be the favorite to move into the vacated starting free safety spot on the depth chart. The 24-year-old took over at the position following Ward's placement on IR after Week 8 last season, finishing with 37 tackles and no interceptions. Colbert -- a converted corner in his own right -- wouldn't generate much IDP buzz, considering his lack of tackling ability and auxiliary stats.
There were no reports of an injury after Beathard completed 10 of 17 passes for 82 yards in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo, so the foot injury must have flared up after he left the contest. The 49ers will run tests on the backup quarterback's foot Monday, and Nick Mullens figures to move up the depth chart if Beathard is unable to go next week against the Colts.
Witherspoon took hold of one of the outside starting corner spots during his rookie campaign in 2017, and he projects to start alongside Richard Sherman to begin the 2018 season. The 22-year-old recorded 32 tackles and two interceptions in 12 games last year, and he figures to build on those numbers with a definitive starting role in his sophomore season.
Nzeocha had been limited in camp with an elbow injury, but his presence in Thursday's contest proves that he has healed up. The 28-year-old is competing for a special teams role, but Eli Harold's knee injury could open up playing time at weak-side linebacker depending on how long the starter remains sidelined.
McCoil was active for two games this season and recorded a single tackle. The 26-year-old was let go to make room for running back Andre Williams, and remains eligible for the practice squad should he clear waivers.
Williams will at least miss Week 1, according to Shanahan, who updated the media regarding his team's injuries Sunday night. The coach continued by saying it hasn't been determined whether Williams will be placed on injured reserve/designated to return, but it's clear the Niners will have to make do without him until further notice. With Williams joining fellow tailbacks Jerick McKinnon (calf) and Matt Breida (shoulder) on the shelf for the rest of the preseason, Jeremy McNichols, Alfred Morris, Raheem Mostert and Jeffery Wilson will split backfield work the next couple weeks.
Garoppolo is thus an option in DFS formats this week before he sees little-to-no action in the 49ers' preseason finale on Aug. 30. Garoppolo's status as the team's franchise QB was cemented by his lucrative offseason contract extension, and optimism regarding his 2018 fantasy prospects abound due to his strong finish last year after being gifted to the 49ers from the Patriots. Looking ahead, Garoppolo will be supported by a revamped running attack led by Jerick McKinnon (calf) and a pass-catching corps featuring wideouts Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, as well as tight end George Kittle (shoulder). While McKinnon and Kittle are currently sidelined, they are both expected back by Week 1.
Watson missed the first stage of training camp due to a strained calf muscle, but the reserve linebacker figures to be available at practice for the entirety of the month of August barring any setbacks. He'll compete with Fred Warner and Brock Coyle for a depth role at outside linebacker.
Already ruled out for the rest of the preseason, McKinnon apparently is making progress in his recovery from a calf strain he suffered during practice Aug. 12. The Niners are playing it safe with all of their injured players, perhaps aiming for returns to full practice participation once it's time to install the gameplan for Week 1 in Minnesota. McKinnon seems to be on track to face his former team in the opener.
Signed to a four-year, $21 million contract last offseason, Juszczyk easily led all fullbacks in catches (33), targets (42), receiving yards (315) and offensive snaps (394) in 2017. He compiled 46.7 percent of his snaps and 51.5 percent of his catches over the final five weeks, as the Niners used their base personnel far more often when they weren't forced to play catchup. The team's improved depth at wideout likely will push Juszczyk back below the 50 percent threshold for snap share, but he still figures to get more touches and more playing time than any other fullback.
Attaochu won't be a starting defensive end in 2018. However, he'll still get his fair share of defensive snaps since Solomon Thomas is expected to shift to tackle on passing downs and Arik Armstead, who has missed 18 games due to injuries the last two seasons, is struggling with a hamstring injury. This means Attaochu may be put into pass-rushing situations when Thomas moves to the middle.
Pettis didn't make much of an impact in the first half aside from drawing a pass interference call, but he stood out while making a big third-quarter grab that helped set up a field-goal opportunity. The 2018 second-round pick has drawn positive reviews throughout training camp and flashed his ability in his first taste of NFL game action. If Pettis can build a strong rapport with starter Jimmy Garoppolo, he could carve out some fantasy value in his rookie season.
Ward exited Wednesday's practice with a tight hamstring, but his quick return to team activities is a good sign that serious injury was avoided. The 27-year-old projects to serve as a primary backup defensive back if he begins the season healthy.
Taylor got significant run at defensive end with Arik Armstead (hamstring) sidelined. The latter is expected to miss at least a month, opening a starting opportunity for the seventh-round pick. The 49ers are looking to bolster their pass rush, so Taylor can make a strong case for playing time -- even after Armstead returns -- if he can build on Thursday's strong showing.
Signed to a two-year, $4 million contract last offseason, Robinson caught only 19 of 48 targets for 460 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games for San Francisco. With Pierre Garcon expected back from a neck injury and the Niners using two draft picks on wideouts, Robinson is left to compete for the fifth or sixth spot on the depth chart, likely squaring off against Kendrick Bourne and seventh-round rookie Richie James.
The seventh-round pick got his first taste of action with the starters, drawing praise from head coach Kyle Shanahan regarding his toughness and separation skills. James is an undersized (5-foot-9) but toolsy receiver who totaled 1,964 yards and a combined for 16 touchdowns in 2016 with Middle Tennessee. (He spent most of 2017 season injured.) The 21-year-old is currently competing for a backup receiver/special teams role in camp, but he would likely land on the practice squad if he doesn't make the 53-man roster.
Hikutini was dealing with a minor groin injury last week, but he appears to have gotten over the issue in short order. Starting tight end George Kittle suffered a shoulder injury Thursday, so Hikutini will serve as the primary backup to Garrett Celek until Kittle returns to action.
It was originally reported Sunday that Coyle would be held out of practice this week and also miss Thursday's preseason opener, but it looks like the linebacker could have a better outlook. Given that he was just a limited participant, it's still likely the 49ers hold Coyle out of Thursday's contest, but the fact that he is on the practice field suggests that he could be further along than originally thought.
This was the first time since tearing his ACL last August that James was able to return to the practice field in a full capacity. Given the nature of the injury, the 49ers likely won't give the defensive back a consistently full workload during training camp, but James looks to be on track for the start of the season.
Tartt had his 2017 season cut short by a forearm fracture, but his presence in the starting lineup indicates good health heading towards the regular season. The 25-year-old is lined up to start at strong safety after recording 55 tackles and an interception in nine games last season.
The rookie sixth-round pick is in line for his NFL debut Sunday against the Colts. However, he's projected to only be used as a depth linebacker and special teams man.