The 49 players received modest contributions from their 2018 NFL third-round pick, Tarvarius Moore, but started in 2022 now.
You’d be forgiven if you forgot San Francisco’s 49ers-man Year 5 defensive linebacker Tarvarius Moore was still on the roster before 2022.
One of the main reasons was the 2018 NFL third-round pick from Southern Mississippi who spent the entirety of last season on the physically unable list after suffering a tear in his hamstring during off-season training, essentially driving what was the final year of his rookie deal. original until 2022.
Now, Moore is moving from the ranks of the forgotten to the very real possibility of starting the Niners in 2022.
49ers Did Not Resign With Jaquiski Tartt
San Francisco opted to pass the safety grab in the 2022 NFL Draft in the wake of allowing powerful veteran safety Jaquiski Tartt as the free agency market this off-season.
This has led some to believe it might be a good idea for the 49ers to re-sign Tartt in another friendly one-year deal, as the market for him doesn’t appear to be too big, however general manager John Lynch said NBC Sports Bay Area Niners haven’t been in touch With Tartt since his contract expired:
We didn’t talk to him. We haven’t gone there yet. We’ll see. It is a free client. We think Jacqueske is very appreciative, he played good football for us and we are grateful for that. A talented, talented dude.
As the days have passed since the draft, San Francisco looks more and more away from engineering a new deal with Tarte.
This is good news for Moore.
Tarvarius Moore is a favorite to start with 49ers in solid safety
The 49ers didn’t completely avoid this off-season safety situation, moving former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro specials George Odom into free agency and then adding Leon O’Neill Jr.’s ex-Texas A&M defense after the NFL draft.
Odum is an option, having started 10 matches during his four-year career. But like Talanoa Hufanga’s second-year safety, Odum is more geared toward special teams duties.
And it’s far too early to assume that O’Neal should turn into a major role in year one.
There are a few things to chew on regarding starting Moore. His 4.4 pro time before the 2018 draft was a major reason he slipped into the third round that year, and that run would make him more interchangeable with a Jimmie Ward free safety piece than either Hufanga and the slower O’Neal.
But will the effects of the hock injury play a role for Moore?
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On top of that, Moore has had chances to secure a starting job every year since he was drafted, returning only to big assignments and special team roles, as evidenced by only starting 13 games between 2018 and 2020.
However, head coach Kyle Shanahan felt Moore could step in in this key role, telling NBC Sports Bay Area:
He played half a year as a rookie and we thought he finished his last five games as a real safety start, and before that he was always one of the best players for our special teams.
Just because the first few years of his career were relatively walkable doesn’t automatically mean that Moore would fail the challenge. All one needs to do is look back at Ward’s career as a perfect example of why young defensive linebackers struggle to adapt to life at the professional level before they turn into real contributors.
Perhaps that’s what Lynch, Shanahan and the Niners see in Moore entering 2022.
Provided they don’t make any other moves on the list like replaying Tartt.