Every week of an NFL training camp is crucial to the formation of a team's 53-man roster, and this next week won't be an exception to the rule for the San Francisco 49ers. Here's 3 Things To Watch For This Week In 49ers Training Camp.
Reggie Bush/Kendall Hunter
Bush hasn't been extremely active to open training camp, but the 30-year-old has looked loose and has shifty as ever when it comes to dart in and out of blocks with grace and ease. If Bush maintains an air of explosiveness then we're looking at a potential decrease in reps for Kendall Hunter. Hunter's basically waiting on Bush to see what his role will be in the backfield, and it doesn't help that he hasn't participated in full-team drills as the team continues to monitor his recovered ACL while using kid gloves.
Progression On The Defensive Line?
The 49ers will be without Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver, Justin Smith, Chris Borland, Ray McDonald, Dan Skuta and Patrick Willis in 2015. That accounts for seven of the 17 players who were on the field for at least a quarter of the team’s defensive snaps in 2014. For a defense that has finished in the top five in yards allowed and top ten in points allowed over the past five seasons, that's a heck of a lot of upheaval to process for new defensive coordinator Eric Mangini when it comes to even maintaining the status quo, let alone improving upon it.
Saturday In The Lone Star State
The 49ers' first preseason game of the year comes on Saturday in Houston against the Texans. While we're unsure of just which veterans will be sitting out for San Francisco's opening game of the August/early-September slate, we do know that the 49ers will be making a cameo appearance on HBO's Hard Knocks: Texans edition. If Colin Kaepernick plays, expect a brief stint. That'll be true of any marquee veteran name on the roster, with Saturday standing more as a chance to reshuffle the lower rungs of the depth chart according to production.
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