The 2014 San Francisco 49ers will have several notable changes from the 2013 edition.
On opening day last season against the Green Bay Packers, the 49ers saw Kyle Williams and Marlon Moore in the second and third wide receiver positions. Jonathan Goodwin anchored the center of the offensive line. Nnamdi Asomugha, Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner were all out there on the first defensive snap of the game in the secondary.
All seven of those players are gone now.
Add in suspensions and injuries, and nearly half of San Francisco’s roster will look different against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. That’s a high level of turnover for a team with legitimate Super Bowl hopes. Have the 49ers made improvements, have they downgraded or are they treading water?
While there are still one or two positions still being decided on, the majority of the 2014 roster is ready to go. Let’s go position by position and look at the projected opening day roster, evaluating how well they’ll do in the upcoming season.