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Last season on offense the 49ers only had two players selected to the Pro Bowl: Kyle Juszczyk, his third; and George Kittle, his first. The offense was inept last season, having lost starting running back Jerick McKinnon and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Everyone is expecting bigger things out of the 49ers in 2019 with not only getting McKinnon and Garoppolo back but they also added running back Tevin Coleman and wide receiver Jordan Matthews. They drafted wide receivers in the second and third round, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd respectively. Can we expect more Pro Bowl players in 2019 and if so, who?
Let’s hit up the offensive line first. Joe Staley is a six-time pro bowler in his long career with the 49ers but missed out last season. Yes, Staley only has a few years left in his great career with the 49ers and I think he has at least one more Pro Bowl left in him. Moving over to the right side of the line, Mike McGlinchey had a very nice rookie season but it wasn’t perfect which is why he was not selected to the Pro Bowl. McGlinchey is now entering into his second season and could very well join big brother Staley in next year’s Pro Bowl.
As far as the running backs go, I think Juszczyk could easily make his fourth Pro Bowl, but he will be the only one representing the position group. The 49ers have about 20 running backs on the roster; they will cut one or two and still have about 12 on the roster by the beginning of the season. I just do not see anyone of them standing out enough to make the Pro Bowl.
If we take a look at the wide receiver group, there is one who I see as a definite and one who is a possible maybe. The one definite would be George Kittle. He made the Pro Bowl as a reserve last season and could be the starter this season. He needs only to beat out the Eagles’ Zach Ertz in my opinion. Ertz set the record for the most targets by a tight end last season, so it will not be an easy task for Stone Cold Kittle.
The maybe is Dante Pettis, who is entering his second year with the 49ers. Pettis missed some time last season due to injuries, so he will have to stay healthy for the entire season, but he flashed when he was healthy, and he should have Garoppolo throwing him the ball this season. Early last year we saw glimpses of what could be with Pettis and Garoppolo so hopefully that rapport continues to grow.
If the 49ers can live up to hype and the expectations we all believe they can they should have more players in the Pro Bowl than they did last season.
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