There are important NFL players and then there are the players who shoulder the fate of their teams based on day-in, day-out performance during the season. These are the latter. Here are the 3 Players Who Will Make Or Break The San Francisco 49ers' 2015 Season.
QB Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick has been working on his throwing motion with the team's quarterback coaches and Kurt Warner down in Arizona, and all indications point to him being both a quick learner and a much more consistent thrower both in the pocket and on the run. That'll need to translate to Sundays, however, for the 49ers to put the tumult of the past nine months behind them and get back to winning.
RB Carlos Hyde
Frank Gore is off to Indianapolis, leaving legend-sized shoes for the young second-year player out of Ohio State to fill. Hyde rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns on a workmanlike 4.0 yards per carry in 2014, but the question is whether or not he can improve his raw production with a bigger workload in Gore's absence. Reggie Bush will take some of the pressure off, but it's still Hyde's spotlight.
CB Tramaine Brock
Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver -- 2014's starting cornerback pairing -- bolted in free agency, leaving Brock to assume the de facto role of #1 cornerback. “Feel good about it,” GM Trent Baalke said recently of the turnover in the team's secondary. “Feel real good about it. We’ve got Tramaine Brock coming back.”
Brock missed eight of the team's last nine games in 2014 with a hamstring injury. The 49ers NEED him to stay on the field to keep the secondary cinched together with paper clips and chewing gum.
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