14 Sep Dre Kirkpatrick signing and injury updates
Dre Kirkpatrick was recently signed to fill the hole left with Verrett heading to the IR with a torn ACL. Looking at other options Richard Sherman seems to be a name that I continue hearing but seems unlikely due to his off-field issues. Dre Kirkpatrick is a serviceable starter at most but I’d like to see Demmondore Lenoir starting opposite of Emmanuel Mosley. Demo put on a stellar performance giving up little to no yardage during his snaps. With Ambry Thomas making little to no impact on the field along with his penalty-prone play we likely won’t see much of him during the season. Jared Mayden might be a name that is elevated from the practice squad to give more depth with Mosley still out and no exact date of return.
Greedy Williams from the Cleveland Browns. Williams has good size but missed all of last year with an injury. Likely buried on the depth chart after they drafted Greg Newsom along with him beating him out after for the starting role across Denzel Ward. A fourth-round this year or a third-round next year might do the job and give us an opportunity to get a young starter along with Williams getting a fresh start with a stellar defensive unit.
Cameron Dantzler is a second-year CB with a spotty injury history. Although, Dantzler might be someone we can trade for with little draft capital, possibly a fifth or fourth round would suffice and the 49ers could get a young corner that fits our scheme and who could possibly develop into a starter for us. It’s also good to note that he’s on his rookie deal for the next three years.
Michael Ojemudia is another name that’s been floating out there but unlikely to happen with him going on IR with a hamstring injury. Ojemudia is another young cornerback buried on a depth chart who could serve as a young aspiring starter for our backfield.
Running back room
Raheem Mostert will also need to have season-ending surgery on his injured knee. Now the question falls to who can fill the speed back role left by him? Do we rely on Sermon? Wilson? Mitchell? Hasty? Or do we look at the free-agent market? With the recent addition of Kerryon Johnson to the practice squad, it looks like we’re sticking with our current group of running backs. This is not a bad thing with the stellar performance put up by Mitchell on Sunday. Sermon and Hasty are two that should benefit from more playtime. Someone that I wouldn’t mind trying to bring back is Brieda from the Bills but I feel that might be asking for too much and I like our group of backs.