The 49ers walked all over the Chargers Thursday night, 41-6, ending the exhibition season with a 3-1 record. A week from Sunday, the 2013 season will be underway.
When Training Camp began, the team had Anquan Boldin and a cast of nobodies. Now, they have maybe the most talented bunch of wide receivers since the beginning of the century. Marlon Moore has looked great all camp and Quinton Patton is a star in the making. Kyle Williams has yet to play, the assumption being the team is letting him heal fully. But it’s not a stretch to see him possibly getting cut. Chad Hall, Jon Baldwin, and Lavelle Hawkins have all shown flashes of solid, even spectacular play. It’s also conceivable that when Mario Manningham comes off the PUP list in November, the team will just cut him.
Cam Johnson roared off the roster bubble Thursday with a sensational game at OLB, making it likely the team will keep three backup OLBs. Last year, they had only one. Undrafted rookie CB Darryl Morris has possibly been too impressive to sneak through waivers onto the pratice squad.
The one area of the squad that hasn’t shown any rising talents has been the backup offensive linemen. That group was consistently awful in all four exhibition games. Stay healthy, starters, or we could be in big trouble.
Everywhere else, the team has quality starters and quality depth. There’s not five teams in the league who wouldn’t trade their roster for ours in a heartbeat. Heck, there’s probably only one team that wouldn’t make that swap, and Pete Carroll of the Seahawks might have to hesitate a bit before saying no.
The 49ers are going to be the most closely watched team in the league as they make their final cuts over the next two days. One anonymous Charger player openly hoped after the game that his team could get a few of our guys. We’re going to lose some good players, there’s no way around it. Good luck to Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh making some very tough decisions.