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#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:14:18 AM(UTC)

The pressure is on."The San Francisco 49ers are in Year 3 with general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan at the helm. In that time Garry Gilliam Color Rush Jersey , the team’s roster has seen tremendous turnover. Only nine players remain that were inherited after the organization parted ways with former GM Trent Baalke in 2017. As the team prepares for organized team activities on May 20, new competition brings with it a new group of veterans in danger of losing their spots on the roster. Let’s take a look at some familiar faces that could be on the outside looking in after training camp:Garrett CelekCelek time may be running out. The beloved seven-year veteran only accounted for five receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns last season. The 49ers drafted Stanford tight end Kaden Smith in the fifth-round this year and signed Tyree Mayfriend as an undrafted free agent. Newly-signed Levine Toilolo and second-year tight end Ross Dwelley will be in the mix, as well. Celek will be competing for the backup role behind starter George Kittle. There’s a real chance the team elects to get both younger and cheaper this offseason.Josh GarnettGarnett’s presence on this list surprises no one. The former first-round pick has never produced the impact you would expect from his draft position, struggling with injury and only appearing in 22 of 48 games, starting just 11. The 49ers recently declined to pick up Garnett’s fifth-year option, signaling what’s likely his last year on the team. The starters along the offensive line are mostly entrenched, with veterans Mike Person and Laken Tomlinson occupying both spots at guard. Garnett’s best chances at making the roster are as a quality backup https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Garrett-Celek-Jersey , but his roster spot is far from guaranteed if he can’t stay on the field throughout the offseason.K’Waun WilliamsWilliams’ appearance on this list isn’t an indictment of his play. He’s been stable over the past two seasons as the 49ers’ slot cornerback on defense. Williams allowed just .93 yards per coverage snap, per Pro Football Focus - good for 6th among defensive backs. Second-year corner D.J. Reed has been in the mix both at safety and filled in for an injured Williams late last season. The results were impressive, and Reed looked much more comfortable near the line of scrimmage at cornerback. Williams doesn’t deserve to be cut, but if numbers get tight at other positions, he could be a surprise exit.Ronald Blair IIIBlair had his best season in 2018. He racked up 36 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits and 5.5 sacks in his third year with the 49ers. Those are quality numbers given his status as a rotational player. Unfortunately for Blair Arik Armstead Jersey , the defensive front is more stacked than ever. The 49ers added defensive end Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick and traded for Dee Ford this offseason. They’ll join DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas on a defensive line filled with first-round picks. The 49ers kept nine defensive linemen in 2018. When you add in D.J. Jones, Sheldon Day, Kentavius Street and Jullian Taylor, it becomes clear just how intense the competition will be for Blair to hold on to his spot.Malcolm SmithSmith is one of the team’s first marquee free agents under Lynch and Shanahan, and his tenure so far has been disappointing. He missed all 16 games in 2017 after suffering a torn pectoral during training camp. He only started five games in 2018 after opening the season on the physically unable to perform list. Smith was effectively replaced by Elijah Lee, a 2017 seventh-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers added linebacker Kwon Alexander through free agency and Dre Greenlaw in the draft. Even with a restructured contract Frank Gore Color Rush Jersey , the pressure is on Smith to remain healthy and prove his worth. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)While the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo under center dramatically changed the look of the 49ers’ offense on Sunday, it had a huge impact on the defense as well. Garoppolo helped San Francisco to control the game by nearly doubling up the Bears in time of possession, 38:47 to 21:13, which meant the defense played a season-low 36 snaps while putting together one of its best performances of the year. ”I honestly felt like I could play another full game after that game,” defensive lineman DeForest Buckner said. Buckner is San Francisco’s resident iron man. He led NFL defensive linemen in snaps as a rookie last season by playing more than 1,000 despite missing a game due to injury. Playing 26 on Sunday was welcomed after entering the week averaging 59 https://www.49ersfanshop.com/Bradley-Pinion-Jersey , again near the top of the league. The 49ers (2-10) came out of Chicago with their first road victory thanks to a balanced effort with Garoppolo moving the ball up and down the field. The offense logged 388 yards and converted 10 of 18 third downs to extend drives. The defense allowed just 147 nets yards, the fewest since November 2012, and eight first downs, the fewest by any opponent since 2010. They were fresh in the fourth quarter, which helped them force a punt leading to Garoppolo’s game-winning drive that ended with a field goal to pull out the 15-14 victory. ”It was awesome to be able to sit back and watch the offense go to work,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said. ”You don’t get many opportunities at that. I don’t care what team you play for. You just don’t get opportunities to be able to be a spectator as much. So, it was pretty cool.” Salah is charged with turning around a defense that was among the worst in franchise history last season. The team has promising young talent starting with Buckner and linebacker Reuben Foster Laken Tomlinson Jersey , who was named the league’s defensive rookie of the month for November. If the Garoppolo-led offense can replicate its performance this week against the Texans, it will give Saleh’s unit another chance to make strides in its development as the season winds down. He said his defense had noticeably more energy in the second half against the Bears than any other game this season. ”It is contagious. When the offense is moving the ball you could hear our guys on the sideline,” Saleh said. ”It was the urgency at which they felt they needed to get the ball back for the offense because they were doing so well. It’s a team game.” Perhaps the most difficult task facing San Francisco’s defense on Sunday is covering Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who’s tied for the league lead with nine touchdown catches on top of 1,084 yards receiving. Another promising rookie, Ahkello Witherspoon, is looking forward to going against one of the game’s best pass catchers. ”I like going against the best receivers Terrell Owens Color Rush Jersey , so this is my first opportunity to really go up against one who’s known, who has been proven in this league. That’s really what I’m excited for,” Witherspoon said. NOTES: Buckner was given Thursday’s practice off, the team said. … RT Trenton Brown (shoulder) was limited Thursday after not participating Wednesday. He was questionable for the game in Chicago after missing the previous loss to the Seahawks. … S Adrian Colbert wore a non-contact blue jersey and was listed as limited after having thumb surgery during the Week 11 bye. —
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