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Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is offensive guard Najee Toran" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteNiners Nationa San Francisco 49ers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibrary49ersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsFiled under:Roster Projections49ers Roster49ers 90-in-90 roster breakdown49ers 90-in-90: OG Najee ToranNew Alfred Morris Jersey White ,22commentsBreaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). Today is offensive guard Najee Toran.PDTShareTweetShareShare49ers 90-in-90: OG Najee ToranOne year ago, I said Najee Toran may have been a diamond in the rough for the San Francisco 49ers. I also said he would need development. This was at a time when the 49ers offensive line was a huge question mark. Not for ability, but just who was going to win those starting spots. One year later and he’s gotten that development but the 49ers have also gotten their offensive line figured out somewhat. In 2018, Toran did make the roster, but never got onto the field on gameday. he was kept for disasters. Can he put things together for his second season? Basic infoAge: 23Experience: second season Height: 6’2Weight: 305Cap StatusHe is in the first year of a 2-year futures contract signed in late 2018. His salary for 2019 pays him $570,000. How he can improve Toran came out of UCLA as an ‘ok’ pass-blocker and a ‘meh’ run blocker. Kyle Shanahan’s offense is predicated on those run blocks and Toran will need to continue getting his reps in that style. If he can run block, his pass blocking could be ignored and he could be used in an emergency. Beyond that, improvement would be if he could get onto the roster itself. He’s got a shot. Guard Joshua Garnett is on his last legs and will be fighting for a roster spot as well , but it’s not out of the realm of impossibility for Toran bump Garnett. How he can regressThere isn’t much film on Toran unless you want to watch his preseason tape or pumping up the crowd at training camp.Toran could just be unable to keep up with the athleticism required to hold blocks in Kyle Shanahan’s system. If he can’t do that, and if he’s not offering much when Jimmy Garoppolo—or whatever quarterback he’s guarding in preseason games—drops back, it’s all over. Odds of making the rosterThe 49ers have had chances to move on from Toran, but they are bringing him back after one season. Do they see something there? Perhaps. They haven’t cut him in favor of a shiny new guard that’s for sure. That said, Toran hasn’t done enough to see the field, let alone a consistent spot on the roster. The 49ers offensive line is somewhat set, but there’s plenty of room for backups. Joshua Garnett is on thin ice and they also drafted offensive tackle Justin Skule with their final pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Toran may not find a starting spot, but with a season under his belt K'Waun Williams Jersey White , he may have worked his way into a decent backup role for 2019, though the 49ers may want a swing tackle instead. If Toran makes the team, it would show improvement. Though with what we’ve seen (or haven’t seen in this case) his time may be up. No pressure"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 49ers Salary CapLevi’s Stadium Events49ers Transactions49ers Injury News49ers Press Conferences & Conference CallsNFL Free Agency49ers press conferences & interviewsNFL Free AgencyKyle Shanahan compares Ford/Buckner to the SmithsNew,211commentsNo pressurePDTShareTweetShareShareKyle Shanahan compares Ford/Buckner to the SmithsMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe San Francisco 49ers are expecting a lot out of Dee Ford. That’s no surprise. Not only did they give up a future second round pick for him, but they also gave him a pretty nice sized deal. Kyle Shanahan had this to say about the impact Ford can have on star defensive tackle Deforest Buckner:Shanahan was then asked on them lining up next to each other:No pressure.Can Ford play the run?I found it interesting that Shanahan went out of his way to compliment Ford and his run defense:Personally, run defense is overrated. I will beat that drum as long as I’m here. It’s more about effort than anything. That is what it seems like Shanahan is getting at above.The SmithsIn regards to the Aldon and Justin, that is quite the parallel to make. At their ceiling, the Smiths were two of the top three players at their position. The same may be said for Buckner and Ford. Buckner is just scratching the surface of his potential. He’s really that good. Ford will need to show that he can string a couple good years together. The addition of whatever first round defender should also go a long way.With Ford having somewhat of an injury history Dwight Clark Jersey , it’ll be interesting to see if the team brings in another veteran that can rush the passer off of the edge, or if they are content with Ronald Blair, Solomon Thomas, and Kentavius Street as their secondary rushers.

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