NFL Predictions 2016: San Francisco 49ers Season Preview & Outlook

The San Francisco 49ers have seen their share of distractions over this offseason and preseason with Colin Kaepernick not standing for the national anthem and a pass game led by Kaepernick that was very bad last season. Coming off of a 5-11 season and a last place finish in the NFC West, San Francisco needs something big to happen in 2016 or major changes will be coming. Here are the three biggest questions around the 49ers going into the new season.

Will Kaepernick even be on the roster when the season ends?

The bad publicity around him and his decision may harm San Francisco in the long run. He has shown in the past that he can be a good quarterback but he will need to pick it up in a big way this year. The team averaged just 207.3 yards per game through the air last year. A bad start and Kaepernick could be traded.

Can the offense wake up?

The lowest-scoring team in the NFL last season with just 15 points a game, the 49ers need big seasons from Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde. The team didn’t draft any offense play makers in the first five rounds of the draft so that won’t help any. It’s up to the players that were already on the roster to make something big happen in a tough division.

Is Hyde the key to the whole season?

The running back showed last season that he had a lot of potential to become a star in the NFL. The time to take it to the next level has come however. If Hyde can rush for over 1,000 yards and take pressure off the pass game, the 49ers have a chance to get close to the .500 mark in 2016.

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