We normally do a “Five Questions With The Enemy” game preview with the opposing SB Nation blogger but no one really wants to actually preview a preseason game. So I got with David Fucillo over at Niners Nation and asked him for any players the 49ers might cut that the Chiefs could be interested in around roster cut down time later this month, as well as any lesser known players to watch during the fourth quarter on Friday night. Here’s what he said:
49ers offensive bubble player to watch for
Niners Nation: The 49ers are in a rebuilding process, so the talent is certainly questionable on both sides of the ball. However, the Chiefs might be intrigued by a pair of undrafted wide receivers to fill out their depth chart.
Victor Bolden and Kendrick Bourne have both impressed through the first two weeks of training camp. Bolden is on the smaller side at 5'8, but has some serious speed. Bourne is on the bigger side at 6'1, 203 pounds with very solid hands. The 49ers likely will only keep one of them, and could potentially release both because wide receiver actually has some decent talent on it. But both receivers could find a spot on an NFL roster this season.
49ers defensive bubble player to watch for
Niners Nation: The 49ers overhauled their defense, which means some recent draft picks might be on the outs. Defensive lineman Ronald Blair is a bit of a tweener, but has shown versatility inside and outside. He is a base defensive end, and the 49ers defensive line is arguably the deepest position on either side of the ball. His versatility will land him somewhere if he is cut.
49ers players to watch in the fourth quarter
Niners Nation: RB Matt Breida: The 49ers are very likely to keep him on the 53-man roster, but look for him to be among the league leaders in preseason rushing yards. It's not a great stat, but he'll get enough playing time that he should get a chance to shine. He won't be the 49ers final running back into preseason games, but look for extensive third and fourth quarter playing time.
DT D.J. Jones: The 49ers spent a sixth round pick on Jones, but he has a ridiculous amount of athleticism for a guy his size. He's primarily going to be a guy you see on run downs, but maybe we get to see this move:
#49ers OL/DL drills @djjones_44 vs Tim Barnes. The second snap is just nasty. pic.twitter.com/o3j0F4tnIg— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) July 31, 2017