49ers 53-man roster projections: Safety

With the start of training camp a week from Wednesday, now is the perfect time to look at each of the position groups on the San Francisco 49ers roster and predict who will make the 53-man roster.

We have covered the offense, defensive line, linebackers, and cornerbacks; today, we wrap up this series with a look at safety. 

On the roster: Tarvarius Moore, Jimmie Ward, Taylor Hawkins, Talanoa Hufanga, Leon O’Neal Jr, George Odum, Qwuantrezz Knight 

Analysis: Talanoa Hufanga is first in line to replace Jaquiski Tartt, who left San Francisco during free agency. Hufanga started two games alongside Jimmie Ward in 2021, victories at Chicago and against the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers came out on each game’s winning side, and Ward recorded his only two regular season interceptions in that Rams contest.

San Francisco has several of the top quarterbacks in the NFL on their schedule for 2022. They will need the new combination at safety to not miss a beat if they are to return to the playoffs.

Question marks: Hufanga showed growth throughout last season, so much so that Jimmie Ward didn’t realize his fellow safety had started only three games. Although he played 395 defensive snaps during the regular season, Hufanga had some difficulty in coverage. If those issues continue this season, where do the 49ers turn?

Tarvarius Moore missed all last season with a torn Achilles. Even when healthy, Moore often struggled to take proper pursuit angles or was out of position. 

San Francisco added George Odum in free agency. Odum was an All-Pro as a special teamer for Indianapolis in 2020 and made seven starts for the Colts last season.

If any of the top four safeties don’t work out, San Francisco will turn to one of three undrafted rookie free agents signed this offseason or need to bring in a free agent. 

53-man Roster Projection: (4) Jimmie Ward, Talanoa Hufanga, Tarvarius Moore, George Odum

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