Key accidents have been a significant motive the San Francisco 49ers dissatisfied in a giant approach in 2018. What must occur to keep away from one other shedding season?
Relationship again to the beginning of the 2014 season (following three straight NFC Championship Sport appearances and a berth in Tremendous Bowl XLVII), the San Francisco 49ers are a mixed 25-55. Kyle Shanahan’s snakebitten membership gained solely 4 video games this previous season and now look to rebound in a division which homes the convention’s defending champion.
Normal supervisor John Lynch does personal the second-overall decide in April’s draft — one every within the first 4 rounds and a pair within the sixth. By way of Spotrac, the membership can also be sitting on loads of salary-cap room so as to add some high quality veterans.
5. Solidify the working again place
Final offseason, 49ers’ normal supervisor John Lynch made a stable shifting in signing versatile free-agent working again Jerick McKinnon away from the Minnesota Vikings. He was coming off a 2017 season during which he completed second on his staff with 530 yards on the bottom and three scores and was fourth on the staff with 51 catches, good for an extra 421 yards and two touchdowns.
However throughout a summer time observe, McKinnon suffered a season-ending knee harm. It was an enormous blow to Shanahan’s offense heading into 2018. After all, issues acquired even worse when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down in a Week three loss at Kansas Metropolis and was additionally misplaced for the remainder of the 12 months. The staff wound up including veteran Alfred Morris to again up Matt Breida, the latter main the staff with 814 yards speeding whereas ending with 1,075 yards from scrimmage and 5 touchdowns.
Nonetheless, by way of NFL.com’s Kevin Patra, Shanahan anticipated McKinnon to be the principle man out of the backfield this season. In the meantime, each Morris and Raheem Mostert might develop into free brokers in March. So the Niners might search for some extra depth within the backfield this offseason.