San Francisco 49ers: 5 Offseason Additions With The Most To Offer In 2014

Top 5 Offseason Additions For San Francisco 49ers

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Under the direction of Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers have built a true juggernaut. This sustained success has been achieved through savvy offseason moves, and the 2014 version was no exception. Here are the five offseason additions that have the most to offer for the 49ers heading into the season.

5. Aaron Lynch

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5. Aaron Lynch

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Lynch may be raw, but he has outstanding size, athletic ability, and potential. Don’t sleep on the South Florida product; he will have opportunities to make plays in a star-studded 49ers front seven.

4. Carlos Hyde

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4. Carlos Hyde

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Fantasy football players—take note of Hyde. Because of his large stature at 6-foot, 230 pounds, he stands to get a lot of goal line duty. While he may not have breakaway speed, Hyde is deceivingly quick in tight spaces and should have success as a rookie.

3. Jimmie Ward

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3. Jimmie Ward

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Despite Ward dealing with an injury this offseason, the 49ers fully expect the rookie to replace Carlos Rogers as the nickel cornerback. He is a high-energy player, and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in run support. The team has been impressed with his work in the classroom since being drafted.

2. Antoine Bethea

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2. Antoine Bethea

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Losing Donte Whitner over the offseason was unfortunate, but the 49ers are confident that Bethea will flourish at strong safety. At 29, the former Indianapolis Colt is a respected, experienced player but still has a lot left in the tank.

1. Stevie Johnson

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1. Stevie Johnson

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In Johnson, the 49ers have yet another major threat at the wide receiver position. The trash-talking former Bill will benefit from playing in a stacked fleet of pass-catchers that includes Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Lloyd, and Vernon Davis.


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