The San Francisco 49ers have completed 14 training camp practices and their first preseason game in Santa Clara. With the team now in Minnesota for two days of joint practices with the Vikings on Wednesday and Thursday before their second preseason game on Saturday, now is the perfect time to take a step back and respond to questions.
Here we go.
@mewsley28 – Other than Trey Lance, which player who did not play last year will have the biggest impact on the team?
An argument can be made for Samuel Womack. The rookie is likely to be an upgrade in the slot over K’Waun Williams, especially from a coverage standpoint. Womack is quicker, and his instincts are not what you typically expect from a rookie.
However, I am going with the interior of the offensive line. In Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, and Spencer Burford, the 49ers have three new starters with three NFL regular season starts between them.
After struggling early in training camp, this group has shown continued growth. Having veterans like Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey on the edges has undoubtedly helped. And as we saw during Friday night’s preseason opener, the quick feet of Trey Lance will also make things a bit easier.
@49ersFirstTakes – Are you concerned with the severity of safety Jimmie Ward’s hamstring injury?
The hamstring injury to Jimmie Ward is certainly something that is concerning.
San Francisco’s secondary looked much improved over last season until the injury bug landed in Santa Clara. Over about a week, the 49ers also lost cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley and Charvarius Ward to hamstring strains.
The injuries at cornerback, combined with the Jimmie Ward injury, put them right back in the situation they found themselves in last season.
San Francisco added cornerback Ken Crawley last week, and the veteran appears to have already passed Ambry Thomas on the depth chart.
At safety, the 49ers will likely turn to Tarvarius Moore or George Odum to line up next to first-year starter Talanoa Hufanga.
With Dontae Johnson also out of the lineup with a rib injury, don’t be surprised if the 49ers add another veteran here.
@9erFan57 – Any chance of keeping three quarterbacks on the roster?
I don’t expect the 49ers to keep all three quarterbacks on the active roster. They are happy with Nate Sudfeld as the backup to Trey Lance, and it makes more sense to keep a position player over Brock Purdy. Look for San Francisco to release the rookie quarterback and sign him to the practice squad.
@winalways510 – Will Jimmy Garoppolo take a pay cut and stay with San Francisco?
Jimmy Garoppolo has not participated in any activities with the team since losing in the NFC Championship game at the end of January.
According to Kyle Shanahan, the veteran quarterback doesn’t have a playbook or attend any meetings with the team.
If the 49ers cannot trade Garoppolo by the end of training camp, expect him to be released.