Lynch believes 49ers have more depth than ever before


CANTON, Ohio -- Despite keeping to a tight schedule with numerous commitments during the weekend he enters into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 49ers general manager John Lynch is still keeping up with the practices he missed back home.

Lynch said on 49ers Talk that he likes the way the roster is constructed and believes the team is deeper at this stage than it has been at any point since he and coach Kyle Shanahan took over in 2017.

"I like our roster. I like it a lot, and there's great competition,” Lynch said. “I think we're deeper than we've ever been. I think the D-line is a great representation of that.”

Lynch pointed to the free-agent acquisitions of edge rushers Samson Ebukam and Arden Key, along with interior defensive linemen Maurice Hurst and Zach Kerr.

The 49ers also return a good group, including a healthy Nick Bosa.

Bosa sustained a torn ACL in his left knee in Week 2 last season. He has yet to take part in one-on-one or team drills, as the club is slowly ramping him up for the regular season. The 49ers are likely to unveil Bosa for the Week 1 game at the Detroit Lions, Lynch suggested.

"All our top-flight guys, (Arik) Armstead and D.J. Jones, they're all looking really, really good,” Lynch said. “And Bosa looks great on the side. Probably won't see him much through the preseason, but he's tracking well for Week 1.

"So we couldn't be happier with the way our roster is shaping up. You just try to maintain that."

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After using injured reserve more than any team in the NFL last season and seeing their season decimated by injuries, Lynch said the 49ers are being extra cautious this camp to get ahead of potential injuries.

“Some nicks are starting to spring up, and I think these days, you're just so careful and probably a little proactive,” he said. “If someone's tightening up, you give them a couple of days, because we've had experiences where you try to push through, and it becomes something bigger."

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