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San Francisco 49ers Roster Breakdown in 2020

| September 7, 2020 3:53 am PDT
San Francisco 49ers Depth Charts and Roster Analysis for 2020

The San Francisco 49ers came insanely close to a world championship in 2019. They shouldn’t hang their heads, however, as they lost to an amazing opponent and have the roster to run it back.

John Lynch has pieced together a potential dynasty, while Kyle Shanahan is also here for the long haul. The Niners have lost some key bodies, but overall, when you look at the San Francisco 49ers’ depth charts, you come away wondering how they can fail.

What does failure look like for the Niners in 2020, though? Is it missing the playoffs? Not winning the NFC West? Not winning a title? Or maybe they don’t fail at all.

Before you bet for or against them, though, join me as I break down their remarkable roster.

Note: Starters are bolded

49ers Quarterback Depth Chart

  • Jimmy Garoppolo
  • Nick Mullens
  • CJ Beathard
  • Broc Rutter

Jimmy G flashed greatness in 2019, but he unraveled a bit in the biggest game of his life. The 49ers still believe in him, however, and it’s hard to say he’s actually bad enough to keep them from winning a Super Bowl.

Garoppolo is a fine starter, but it’s clear the 49ers need to pick up a lot of the slack around him.

They don’t have a better option behind him, though. Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard have starting experience and offer nice depth, but the Niners would be in major trouble if either ended up seeing starts in 2020.

49ers Running Back Depth Chart

  • Raheem Mostert
  • Tevin Coleman
  • Jeff Wilson
  • Jerick McKinnon
  • JaMycal Hasty
  • Josh Hokit
  • Salvon Ahmed
  • Kyle Juszczyk

The 49ers have an amazing system and a nasty offensive line, which allowed them to finish second in rushing in 2019. The team moved on from backup Matt Breida, but they still have so many running backs that it won’t matter.

Raheem Mostert was the hero of the playoffs, but now that he’s demanding a trade due to contract negotiations, it’s possible the 49ers turn to their other options.

There’s still no concern here, as Tevin Coleman can be a stud, while both Jeff Wilson and Jerick McKinnon round out a deep rotation of backs.

Kyle Juzszcyzk’s name is a nightmare, but he slides in as the team’s starting fullback and is a bit of a weapon in his own right.

49ers Wide Receiver Depth Chart

  • Deebo Samuel
  • Brandon Aiyuk
  • Kendrick Bourne
  • Jalen Hurd
  • Dante Pettis
  • Richie James
  • Chris Thompson
  • Trent Taylor
  • Shawn Poindexter
  • Jauan Jennings
  • Travis Benjamin
  • Chris Finke

The Niners aren’t loaded at wide receiver now that veteran slot option Emmanuel Sanders left town. The team is in even worse shape with top receiver Deebo Samuel suffering a foot injury.

When healthy, though, Samuel is a rising star who can make a big impact as both a runner and receiver. The same could be said for rookie Brandon Aiyuk, who is a terror in space.

Jalen Hurd, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, and Dante Pettis all know their role and have flashed enough to have the Niners feel pretty good about their depth. Trent Taylor looks to be at full strength and could be a nice asset in the slot, as well.

The team even added burner Travis Benjamin, who could end up being deployed as a deep threat if he makes the final roster.

49ers Tight End Depth Chart

  • George Kittle
  • Ross Dwelley
  • Daniel Helm
  • Charlie Woerner
  • Chase Harrell

San Francisco looks set at tight end, as George Kittle is one of the best tight ends in football. A tenacious blocker and elite athlete, Kittle is a complete option that defenses always need to account for.

Ross Dwelley is the top backup but isn’t anything to get excited about. This position lacks impressive depth beyond Kittle.

49ers Offensive Line Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String Fourth String
Left Tackle Trent Williams Justin Skule Colton McKivitz
Left Guard Laken Tomlinson Kofi Amichia Shon Coleman
Center Weston Richburg Ben Garland Jake Brendel
Right Guard Tom Compton Ross Reynolds
Right Tackle Mike McGlinchey Daniel Brunskill Jaryd Jones-Smith Leonard Wester

One of the main strengths for the 49ers is their awesome offensive line, which carried them to the second-best running game in pro football in 2020.

This line could take a huge hit with the retirement of left tackle Joe Staley, but it’s worth noting that the franchise acted fast and landed Trent Williams. That’s arguably a fantastic pivot, if even a slight upgrade.

Williams joins a star-studded o-line, as Laken Tomlinson, Weston Richburg, and Mike McGlinchey have all established themselves.

This line even has nice depth, as Ben Garland and Daniel Brunskill have both proven their worth as versatile backups.

49ers Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defensive End Defensive Tackle
Arik Armstead Solomon Thomas
Nick Bosa Javon Kinlaw
Dee Ford Julian Taylor
Kentavius Street DJ Jones
Ronald Blair Willie Henry
Alex Barrett Kevin Givens
Jonathan Kongbo Darrion Daniels
Kerry Hyder Ray Smith

San Francisco has really built some fantastic lines, and it certainly doesn’t end when you flip to the defensive side of the ball. The team did have to trade away DeForest Buckner for financial reasons, but they quickly replaced him with the talented Javon Kinlaw in this year’s draft.

Kinlaw looks like a hit, and he joins a stacked defensive line that ranked 5th in sacks and limited big plays. This group could be a bit better against the run, but it’s hard to complain.

Dee Ford is fantastic depth behind the explosive Nick Bosa, while Julian Taylor, Kentavius Street, Ronald Blair, and Willie Henry are all useful rotation options.

49ers Linebacker Depth Chart

Kwon Alexander Fred Warner Dre Greenlaw
Mark Nzeocha Joe Walker Joey Alfieri
Jonas Griffith Azeez Al-Shaair

The 49ers are also loaded at linebacker, where they have three terrific starters. Kwon Alexander was banged up last year and had biceps surgery this offseason, but he’s a key cog in this defense.

Mark Nzeocha was brought back as a solid depth piece, while the Niners stole Joe Walker from the Cardinals. While nasty in the top unit, this isn’t a particularly deep spot for the 49ers defense.

49ers Cornerback Depth Chart

  • Richard Sherman
  • Ahkello Witherspoon
  • Dontae Johnson
  • Jason Verrett
  • Tim Harris
  • Emmanuel Moseley
  • Jamar Taylor
  • Jermaine Kelly
  • DeMarkus Acy

The Niners were very good against the pass in 2019, ranking first in passing yardage allowed and first in fewest 20+ yard passing plays given up. The secondary did bend quite a bit in the Super Bowl, but this remains a strong, veteran group.

Richard Sherman is aging, but he was still fantastic in 2019 and should be able to continue to play well for at least another season.

Ahkello Witherspoon held up nicely on the other side, and these guys are backed by solid bench bodies in Jason Verrett, Jamar Taylor, and Dontae Johnson.

49ers Safety Depth Chart

  • Jimmie Ward
  • Jaquiski Tartt
  • Marcell Harris
  • Tarvarius Moore
  • Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
  • Derrick Kindred
  • Chris Edwards
  • Jared Mayden

The Niners are also very strong at the back of their defense, as Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt enter as starters. Ward is the more reliable option, but this isn’t an easy safety duo to attack.

Tarvarius Moore has been a nice depth piece since being taken in round three in 2018, while Marcell Harris was also solid in 2019.

49ers Special Teams Depth Chart

  • Kicker: Robbie Gould
  • Punter: Mitch Wishnowsky
  • Long Snapper: Kyle Nelson
  • Holder: Mitch Wishnowsky
  • Punter Returner: Richie James
  • Kick Returner:  Richie James

San Francisco is probably in great shape on special teams, assuming kicker Robbie Gould can bounce back from a spotty season in which he converted just 74% of his field goals.

Gould is better than that, but if the 37-year-old doesn’t bounce back, this could be a problem area.

The Niners are fine at punter, as Mitch Wishnowsky was a middle-of-the-pack option in 2019 and has plenty of leg power. He could be better in 2020.

San Francisco’s return game wasn’t very explosive last year, as Richie James returned 33 punts for 264 yards and ran back 20 kick returns for 428 yards. He is slated to be the main return man again in 2020 and at the very worst is trustworthy.

49ers Roster Analysis

  • Grade: A+

The 49ers are incredibly well-constructed. They do have a few spots where their depth could be better, but they have a star player at basically every position.

San Francisco is rock solid in the trenches on both sides of the ball, they run the ball extremely well, and they have explosive weapons to use in the passing game. Their defense also generates loads of pressure up front, while a savvy secondary limits big plays down the field.

The 49ers do not have one glaring weakness on this roster, especially if the usually reliable Gould bounces back and their best players can stay healthy.

Betting on the San Francisco 49ers in 2020

Bettors can wager in any regard when it comes to the Niners this year. I have them winning the NFC West again, which has them in the playoffs and probably in the mix for another Super Bowl run.

It’s anyone’s guess how they deal with the dreaded Super Bowl hangover, but this team simply has way too much talent to regress into a non-playoff threat. How you bet on them, of course, is up to you.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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