Given their esteemed and awfully hard-to-crack roster, the San Francisco 49ers often have talented players who are waiting in the wings. This being the case year after year, they've accumulated quite a bit of name value, which has given this team its own elite in-house farm system.
In their time of waiting, these developing players have contributed here and there but have mostly continued their education by learning the playbook and picking the brains of veterans and coaches.
As a result, once their number is called, they can hit the ground running, and the team doesn't suffer in the win-loss column. Now, opportunities for players have varied by position, but new windows have opened each year. Old players leave or get hurt, and young players are finally deemed ready by the staff.
Given what has transpired, both on game day and in the front office, it is becoming clearer who will be in line for expanded roles in 2014. The following slideshow will identify and profile which players are going to have their names called on Sunday this coming season. So familiarize yourself with them now while you can.