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The 49ers are a cut candidate fit for the Super Bowl champions

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The San Francisco 49ers are two weeks away from having up to 90 players migrating to Santa Clara and vying for a roster spot.

Still, there are analysts who believe the 49ers have some positions to fill before training camp begins at the SAP Performance Facility — most notably Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey, who penned the roster holes that SF hit Wednesday, March 13. July, must fill.

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Among spots Tansey mentioned that could use some depth: The inside offensive line, which the NFL writer calls “the 49ers’ biggest non-quarterback question on offense.” The absence of both Pro Bowlers Alex Mack (retired) and Laken Tomlinson (free agent departure) has caused some 49ers fans to wonder and worry about the condition inside the offensive ditches.

Tansey added, “The 49ers are committed to their current players, but if things don’t work out early in the season, they may need to consider outside help.”

Well, outside could be the “Rams House”.

Another NFL analyst covering the Los Angeles Rams for ESPN mentioned a name that has been described as the team’s “cut candidate.” This roster bubble player may be someone worth monitoring if you’re among the 49ers.

New Rams insider Sarah Barshop has mentioned Bobby Evans as a potential candidate for the roster cut. Here’s what Barshop wrote about Evans’ upcoming status for 2022:

Before free agency began, some analysts thought the 49ers, who signed Corbett, would hit the champions where it hurts on the line — considering Corbett was the champion’s top free agent offensive lineman. However, Evans, the 97th overall pick of the 2019 draft, would be considered a quality value if released and then signed by the 49ers.

For starters, Evans is a versatile player who has appeared in three different orienteering spots in his football career.

For example, this rare shotgun running game from Sean McVay’s playbook ran against the Seattle Seahawks during the 2021 NFC wildcard excitement. Evans pulls from the left guard spot. And his block makes way for Cam Akers to hit the first down.

The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder originally entered the league as a right tackle from Oklahoma. However, the Sooners also trusted him to protect Kyler Murray and then Jalen Hurts as blindside protectors.

The Rams pinned it back to the right guard. But to reiterate — Swiss Army Knife Evans lost the right guard starting spot to Corbett, has new competition from Logan Bruss, the champion’s prized third-round pick, and finally Evans is entering the final season of his rookie deal , which he signed LA

However, the 49ers were known for using trenches that could line up at more than one OL point. Daniel Brunskill is one. Tom Compton was one recently. Colton McKivitz was also a valuable reserve at right and left tackle when Kyle Shanahan and company needed him.

Also, for a team looking to protect Trey Lance, this could become compelling for the ‘Niners if they went after Evans: his pass-blocking score hasn’t been lower than a 66.6 for the past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. Who knows, All-Pro blindside protector Trent Williams might also welcome the fact that he could be in an OL room earlier with another OU.

With the inside offensive line still seen as a necessity for depth purposes, Evans has become a roster bubble candidate to watch under the 49ers Faithful.

Also, for a team looking to protect Trey Lance, this could become compelling for the ‘Niners if they went after Evans: his pass-blocking score hasn’t been lower than a 66.6 for the past two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus. Who knows, All-Pro blindside protector Trent Williams might also welcome the fact that he could be in an OL room earlier with another OU.

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