The 49ers’ most competitive battles for playing time on offense
The 49ers don’t begin training camp for over a month but have a number of questions to think about in the meantime.
Training camp is setting up to be one of the most competitive in recent seasons given all the roster turnover by first-time coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. Very few roles are established and jobs could be won on the practice field and during the four preseason games in August.
Here, we’ll look at some the most competitive and important battles coming down the pike on offense…
Rounding out the receiving corps
It’s likely Pierre Garçon, Jeremy Kerley, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson will be the 49ers’ top four receivers. But there will be a number of options to round out the group, including fifth-round pick Trent Taylor, who proved his ability to get open throughout the spring.
Taylor seems like a favorite to make the roster. The next question is if Kyle Shanahan wants to keep five or six receivers. The competition for that final sixth spot could be heated.
DeAndre Carter was one of the first free agents the 49ers added after hiring Lynch and Shanahan. Victor Bolden, Kendrick Bourne, B.J. Johnson III, DeAndre Smelter, Aaron Burbridge and Bruce Ellington will keep the battle tight while one or two wideouts could end up on the practice squad.