The 49ers finally looked to have an established RB1 when Elijah Mitchell burst onto the scene last year in Week 1. That all changed when injuries cut his season to just 11 games, and a depth issue arose in San Francisco’s backfield.
Now they enter 2022 with something of a good problem. They’ll go into training camp with too many NFL-caliber running backs. While there are certainly a couple of locks to make the 53-man roster, versatility, role and overall effectiveness will ultimately decide which three or four RBs the team keeps on the roster to start the year.
Here’s what the RB depth chart looks like going into camp where a tough battle for roster spots will play out.