The San Francisco 49ers are gearing up for the 2019 season with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm for the offense and 2019 NFL Free Agency acquisition Kwon Alexander leading the defense. Nick Bosa and DeForest Buckner are leading one of the NFL’s best defensive lines, leading up to even higher expectations for the 49ers to compete in the NFC West against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. However, who are some players that may surprise 49ers fans in the 2019 NFL season? Richard Sherman finished with zero interceptions in 2018 for the first time in his career. Can the former Seahawk find his old self again and lead a 49ers secondary that finished dead last in the league in the 2018 NFL season? Across from Sherman is the newly signed Jason Verrett who will have to battle for the starting spot with third-year corner Ahkello Witherspoon. Can the third-round pick from the 2017 NFL Draft finally live up to expectations?
Mike McGlinchey was selected 9th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft but allowed a team-high five sacks last season. What can the former Notre Dame lineman do to improve his protection, ensure Garoppolo’s health and breakout in his sophomore year? Dante Pettis is in an open competition for the top receiver spot but is battling it out with Deebo Samuel, who was picked from South Carolina in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Pettis was average as a rookie, what can he do to make sure he finishes atop the depth chart at the end of the NFL preseason? Jerick McKinnon signed a 4-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers last offseason but tore his ACL before he could play a regular season down for them. With the signing of Tevin Coleman, who played under Kyle Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons, can McKinnon ensures he gets enough playtime to break out?
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