The 49ers' group of wide receivers consists of mostly unknowns or, at least, unproven players behind Torrey Smith.
We open up this edition of 49ers Mailbag with were things stand with some of those young players. . . .
Who do you think is more ahead between DeAndre Smelter or Eric Rogers? (Joey Nunez)
Smelter went to Georgia Tech as a baseball player. He made the transition to football after an arm injury ended his pitching career. Then, he was in a triple-option offense, which is not exactly conducive to developing wide receivers. He sat out his rookie season while rehabbing from an ACL injury. His offseason program was cut short due to a leg injury not related to the knee. Rogers is clearly ahead of Smelter at this stage due to his production in the Canadian Football League. But the real competition begins once the pads go on during training camp.
More likely to make the team: Burbridge or Smelter? (Kurt VonderHaar Papathakis)
Aaron Burbridge was a sixth-round pick this season. Smelter was a fourth-round pick last year. The 49ers knew Smelter would not play as a rookie, which suggests that they had at worst a third-round grade on him. Although Smelter has not yet shown what he is capable of doing, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke clearly believes he has a lot of promise. It’s difficult to believe Smelter will not have a spot on the 53-man roster. Burbridge, meanwhile, faces a difficult challenge.
Why are we rolling over so much cap space? (Stépheñ Bůrkę)
Teams are allowed to roll over cap space at the end of the year. The 49ers have rolled over every penny of cap space since that option went into effect with the 2011 CBA. The 49ers currently have a league-high $49.5 million in cap space. General manager Trent Baalke described the 49ers to CSNBayArea.com as a “draft-and-develop team.” Why do the 49ers have so much cap space? Quite simply, it’s because the team does not believe in spending big money on free agents, and the only players on the roster they have drafted and then signed to sizable extensions are Joe Staley, NaVorro Bowman, Colin Kaepernick and Quinton Dial.
Are they going to sign anyone? (Jake Lang)
The 49ers are at the 90-player roster limit. They would have to release a player to sign a player. Anquan Boldin remains available, but the 49ers have not shown much interest in bringing him back. Rarely are difference-makers signed at this stage of the offseason. All the best players are already taken.
What's the latest on Anthony Davis? (Jason Catlow)
Here’s the absolute latest on Anthony Davis, who has yet to file for reinstatement off the NFL’s reserve/suspended list despite claiming repeatedly that he intends to do so:
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