The NFL’s long summer break is nearly over. The San Francisco 49ers open their training camp Wednesday morning, with rookies arriving. The first actual practice takes place on July 24, and we’ll finally have more than just raw speculation and semi-educated guesses to report on.
Until then, more raw speculation and semi-educated guesses! One of the most important functions of training camp is defining which players will take on which roles for the team in the upcoming season. Positional battles will rage, and the depth chart will be clarified. This can range from who will be in the opening day starting lineup to who will scrape onto the bottom of the 53-man roster.
But why wait for training camp to be over to determine the winners of these battles? Let’s save time and go down the list right now, predicting who will come out on top of every significant offensive positional battle.
This is, of course, very speculative. I’ll be citing stats and evidence where possible, but a lot of this is based on gut feeling and speculation. After all, before the pads come on and people actually start competing for spots, there’s only so much direct comparison you can actually do. If it were possible to accurately predict who would earn each spot, there’d be no need for a training camp.
That’s never stopped anyone from speculating before. Here, a full month-and-a-half before opening day, are the winners of your San Francisco 49ers offensive positional battles.