3 49ers Players Facing a Make-or-Break Season in 2021
Last year's 6-10 finish was not a memorable one for the San Francisco 49ers. Rightfully so, a lot of blame was placed on injuries throughout the year. Still, this team is has a very deep roster and the 4th-best odds to win the 2021 Super Bowl, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
With some new faces added to the roster via free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft, there may be a few 49ers starting to feel the heat. New players means new competition, just like the one between Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Trey Lance at quarterback. For some players on this roster, it means that next season might be full make-or-break status.
Check out the three 49ers facing make-or-break seasons entering the 2021 NFL campaign.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo
It's one thing for an NFL franchise to draft a young quarterback in the late rounds. It's a whole different story when the new rookie quarterback is the No. 3 overall pick and your team made a massive trade to land him. That's what Garoppolo heads into camp facing. Injuries have been the biggest source of concern for "Jimmy G's" time in San Francisco - he's only played in 31 games over the past four years - all thanks to missing time with injury. His days are numbered and they'll be over in San Francisco if Garoppolo doesn't have a monster season.
2. Jaquiski Tartt
Starting SS Jaquiski Tartt is another player who may have been put on notice by the 49ers' draft class. San Francisco grabbed safety Talanoa Hufanga out of USC in the later rounds. That's not enough for Tartt to begin fearing for his job, but he's also been plagued by injuries. Tartt only started in 7 games last season and will hit unrestricted free agency after this season. If he can't stay healthy and perform, it might be make-or-break time for the 49ers starting SS.
3. Raheem Mostert
Last, but not least, is another 49ers starter who should be concerned with the team's draft class. The 49ers took RB Trey Sermon from Ohio State in the third-round. Mostert's been solid for the 49ers, but his production hasn't been worth his price tag. He's owned $3.6 million this year and also heads into unrestricted free agency next offseason. Again, injuries held Mostert to only eight starts but he also only scored on the ground twice. That's not enough production from a No. 1 back, even if he only played eight games.
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