The 49ers veterans report to team headquarters in Santa Clara on Tuesday. The first training camp practice for the 2023 season will take place Wednesday.
This is the perfect time to take a second run at predicting how the 53-man roster will shake out.
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch dubbed Purdy as the “leader in the clubhouse” during the owner’s meetings in late March. The second-year quarterback appears to be ahead of schedule in his return from UCL surgery, but there has been no word from the team.
Barring a trade, expect Darnold to be the third quarterback over Brandon Allen.
Behind McCaffrey, Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell will compete to be the second back. Mason took over the “closer” role late in the year in Mitchell’s absence. Mitchell is a good back; however, he has played just 16 of 34 regular season games in his first two seasons.
Meanwhile Ty Davis-Price will need to fend of rookies Khalan Laborn and Ronald Awatt to stay on the roster.
Danny Gray and rookie Ronnie Bell will compete with Tay Martin, Chris Conley and Willie Snead IV for the final two roster spots. Gray brings speed, while Bell showed the ability fight for the ball and go over the middle during the offseason program.
Martin and Snead IV end up on the practice squad.
Cameron Latu fills the inline blocking tight end role formerly held by Charlie Woerner while Willis takes over Ross Dwelley’s spot as the move tight end.
Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, and Spencer Burford were all first-year starters who are looking to use their experience in 2022 to improve. Colton McKivitz appears to be the favorite to replace Mike McGlinchey at right tackle.
Jon Feliciano and Matt Pryor add experience behind the starters. The 49ers believe the future for Nick Zakelj is along the interior, however he played tackle in college and could slide outside if necessary.
New addition Javon Hargrave has played over 660 snaps each of the last four seasons. This, along with Ferrell allow the 49ers to keep one less interior defensive lineman on the active roster.
Kerry Hyder Jr. and Austin Bryant end up being the odd men out due to the special teams ability of the rookie Robert Beal Jr. Both are candidates to land on the practice squad along with veteran T.Y. McGill and undrafted free agent Spencer Waege.
Linebacker: (5) Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, Oren Burks, Marcelino McCrary-Ball, Dee Winters (R),
Veteran Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles gets dealt late in camp while veteran Curtis Robinson and rookie Jalen Graham land on the practice squad.
Cornerback: (6) Charvarius Ward, Deommodore Lenoir, Isaiah Oliver, Samuel Womack, Darrell Luter Jr. (R), D’Shawn Jamison
Samuel Womack and rookie Darrell Luter Jr. both possess the ability to play inside or outside.