The 49ers just announced their practice squad for 2019:
- RB Jeff Wilson Jr.
- WR Malik Henry
- TE Daniel Helm
- G Ross Reynolds
- DL Kevin Givens
- DL Jeremiah Valoaga
- LB Elijah Lee
- LB Demetrius Flannigan Fowles
- S Marcell Harris
Here are five quick thoughts:
1. Credit to the 49ers for knowing second-year running back Jeff Wilson Jr. would clear waivers after they cut him. I thought he played well enough to earn a spot on someone’s roster as a third running back, but I was wrong. The 49ers read this situation perfectly. Still, it would be too bad if another team were to sign Wilson Jr. off the 49ers’ practice squad, because I expect they’ll need him at some point this season.
2. We should have known the 49ers would sign Valoaga to their practice squad. He played for 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek the past two years and performed well this year during the preseason. Valoaga recorded 4.5 sacks, five tackles for loss and six quarterback hits. Valoaga probably will play a few games this season if either Nick Bosa or Dee Ford misses an extended period of time.
3. Elijah Lee probably will play a few games, too. He is the best player on the practice squad, and he’s arguably good enough to start right now at strong side linebacker.
4. The 49ers have two young guards they want to develop — Daniel Brunskill, who’s on the 53-man roster, and Ross Reynolds, who’s on the practice squad. Brunskill has more experience — he has been in the league two years and Reynolds is a rookie. But, Reynolds may be more talented. He probably will make the team next year.
5. The 49ers still are in the market for a fourth tackle, because they have zero on the practice squad and just three on the 53-man roster.
UPDATE: The 49ers reportedly will sign undrafted rookie OT Ryan Pope to the practice squad. Once again, they were way ahead of me.