The San Francisco 49ers have a few notable players on the NFI list before the start of training camp, with rookie guard Brandon Thomas being the least surprising of the names on the list. Bruce Ellington, Marcus Lattimore, and Marcus Martin are the three biggest names on the NFI to start camp, and it looks like Lattimore still needs some time before he can round into playing shape. All three of these players should be ready to go for the start of the regular season, and this is especially true for the two non-redshirt rookies.
According to the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, neither Ellington’s nor Martin’s injuries are considered serious, and this doesn’t come as a surprise, seeing as how we didn’t hear about any injuries to these players. When a player is placed on the NFI, it means that the injury occurred away from team activities, and it’s possible that these minor injuries stem from collegiate play.
Ellington is expected to make an impact as a rookie, and he’s a jack-of-all trades receiver who should get plenty of playing time in the slot. He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands, and he has sneaky good long speed. Martin has a fighting chance at winning the 49ers starting center gig, which is a great position sandwiched in between one of the league’s most talented guard duos in Alex Boone and Mike Iupati.