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San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The San Francisco 49ers were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, until quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo became the starter and they won five games in a row at the end of the season. San Francisco's record was 6-10 last season and because of the way they ended the season, the 49ers will have high expectations entering the 2018 season.

Garoppolo is a part of that hype and he received a five-year $137 million deal in the offseason. He was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots before the trade deadline last season. All the San Francisco 49ers gave up for Jimmy Garoppolo was a second-round pick. They opened up training camp on Wednesday July 25.

Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback. C.J. Beathard will be the backup quarterback. Nick Mullens and rookie Jack Heneghan will compete for the third quarterback job.

Jerri McKinnon and Matt Breida will be the top two running backs on the roster. Joseph Williams, Jeremy McNichols, Raheem Mostert, and rookie Jeffery Wilson will compete for the final two running back spots on the roster.

Kyle Juszczyk will be the starting fullback. Malcolm Johnson is the other fullback listed on the roster, but he probably won't make the 53-man roster.

Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin will be the starting wide receivers. Rookie Dante Pettis will be a key receiver for the 49ers this upcoming season. Aldrick Robinson will be the fourth receiver on the roster. Kendrick Bourne, rookie Richie James, and Maxwell McCaffrey will compete for the final two wide receiver spots on the roster. Trent Taylor is currently on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.

George Kittle will be the starting tight end. Garrett Celek will be the second tight end. Cole Hikutini, Cole Wick, and rookie Ross Dwelley will compete for the third tight end job.

Joe Staley will be the starting left tackle. Laken Tomlinson will be the starting left guard. Weston Richburg will be the starting center. Josh Garnett will be the starting right guard. Rookie Mike McGlinchey will be the starting right tackle. Mike Person and Jonathan Cooper will be two of the key backup offensive lineman. Pace Murphy, Gary Gilliam, and Andrew Lauderdale will compete for a backup tackle spot.

The San Francisco 49ers play a 4-3 defensive scheme.

Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas will be the starting defensive ends. Earl Mitchell and DeForest Buckner will be the starting defensive tackles. Sheldon Day and Jeremiah Attaochu will be two of the key backup defensive lineman. Cassius Marsh, rookies Julian Taylor and Niles Scott, and Ronald Blair will compete for two other backup defensive line jobs.

Eli Harold, Reuben Foster, and Malcolm Smith will be the starting linebackers. Brock Coyle and Korey Toomer will be two key backup linebackers. Rookie Fred Warner will be the other key backup linebacker for now since Dekoda Watson is on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List.

Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon will be the starting cornerbacks. Adrian Colbert and Jaquiski Tartt will be the starting safeties. Jimmie Ward will be the third cornerback. K'Waun Williams, Greg Mabin, and rookie D.J. Read will compete for the final two cornerback spots on the roster. Antone Exum, Tyvis Powell, Chanceller James, and rookies Tarvarius Moore and Terrell Williams will compete for the two backup safety spots on the roster spots.

Robbie Gould will be the 49ers kicker. Bradley Pinion will be the 49ers punter. Jeff Locke will try and take Pinion's job.

Rookie Dante Pettis will be San Francisco's kickoff returner and punt returner.

The San Francisco 49ers open up the season on the road on September 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. A lot of people are expecting the 49ers to make it to the playoffs this season. They haven't made it since 2014. San Francisco will win somewhere between 6-11 games.

This article was originally published on @gk18