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Super Bowl rosters 2024: How 49ers, Chiefs starters and depth charts have changed since Super Bowl 54 | Sporting News

The 49ers and Chiefs will play in the eighth rematch in Super Bowl history when they take the field against each other in Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas on Sunday, four years after they met in Super Bowl 54 in Miami.

Kansas City won that previous matchup against San Francisco 31-20, coming back from 10 points down in the second half. That marked the first of two Super Bowl victories and game MVP honors for Patrick Mahomes. 

Mahomes and coach Andy Reid are trying to make it three rings together, but much of the Chiefs’ personnel has changed around and under them since Super Bowl 54. Kyle Shanahan again is the coach of the 49ers, but there’s little resemblance to the runners-up from 2020.

Here’s looking at how the two team rosters have changed for the Super Bowl, from starters to backups.

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How many 49ers have been on the Super Bowls 54 & 58 rosters?

The 49ers have changed plenty from Super Bowl 54, especially offensively. Only three players remain from the 2019-20 team, while the defense has retained four. Their punter, Mitch Wishnowsky, was a rookie four seasons ago. Here are the nine players trying to earn the Super Bowl ring that eluded them once:

  • WR Deebo Samuel
  • TE George Kittle
  • FB Kyle Juzyczyk
  • DE Nick Bosa
  • DT Arik Armstead
  • DT Kevin Givens
  • LB Fred Warner
  • LB Dre Greenlaw
  • P Mitch Wishnowsky

Brock Purdy is the biggest change as the new starting quarterback instead of Jimmy Garoppolo. Since that Super Bowl, the 49ers have drafted wide receivers Brandon Aiyuk (first round, 2020) and Jauan Jennings (seventh round, 2020) and traded for left tackle Trent Williams and running back Christian McCaffrey.

The offensive line has been shuffled everywhere next to Williams. The big changes on the defensive line next to Bosa and Armstead were trading DeForest Buckner to the Colts (2020), then signing Javon Hargrave and trading for Chase Young in 2023.  Although Warner and Greenlaw are intact on the second level, the secondary has seen wholesale changes, stamped by signing former Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward in 2022 free agency.

San Francisco has drafted well and aced the veteran market under GM John Lynch, helping push Shanahan’s team back to another Super Bowl. The 49ers have been able to stay aggressive because they’re not paying a top QB salary yet to Purdy.

How many Chiefs have been on the Super Bowls 54 & 58 rosters?

The Chiefs’ “big three” looking for three rings together are also their three most indispensable players: quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, and defensive tackle Chris Jones. Their next strongest repeat presence is on special teams with kicker Harrison Butker. Long-snapper James Winchester is also still on the team.

  • QB Patrick Mahomes
  • TE Travis Kelce
  • TE Blake Bell
  • G Nick Allegretti
  • WR Mecole Hardman
  • DT Chris Jones
  • K Harrison Butker
  • LS James Winchester
  • DT Derrick Nnadi

In all, that’s only two starters on offense, one on defense, and two on special teams. The total, with backups, matches the 49ers with nine.

The Chiefs no longer have Tyreek Hill at wide receiver. Rookie second-rounder Rashee Rice has taken his place as Mahomes’ No. 1 wide receiver. Other key draft picks since Super Bowl 54 are center Creed Humphrey, right guard Trey Smith, and running backs Isiah Pacheco and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

The Chiefs had to turn to free agency for the rest of their new offensive line, with former Patriots left guard Joe Thuney being the big get. Donovan Smith and Jawaan Taylor, both added in 2023 free agency, are the new tackles with the team far removed from Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

Kansas City has been incredible loading up the defense since 2020, making plenty of great draft picks. In the 2020 class alone, they got three key starters in end Mike Danna, linebacker Willie Gay, and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. In ’21 they added linebacker Nick Bolton. In ’22, end George Karlaftis and cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Jaylen Watson were added to the first-string haul.

Unlike the 49ers, the Chiefs have been more calculated in free agency beyond Thuney to fill the rest of their holes under Reid and GM Brett Veach, with safety and wide receiver having the most key turnover.

Who will end up starting for the 49ers in both Super Bowls?

Samuel, Kittle, and Juszcyk are part of the core playmakers for Purdy, now boosted big-time by McCaffrey, Aiyuk, and Jennings. Bosa and Armstead will need to help with pressure on Mahomes, while Warner and Greenlaw must be factors slowing down Kelce in coverage for the 49ers to win the rematch.

Who will end up starting for the Chiefs in both Super Bowls?

Mahomes, Kelce, and Jones are the main men again, but don’t forget about Butker and Winchester, as the Chiefs’ special teams edge and experience could become a huge factor in clutch moments. The 49ers have less reliability at those positions with rookie kicker Jake Moody and journeyman long snapper Taylor Pepper.

49ers’ projected depth chart for Super Bowl 58

Offense

  • WR: Deebo Samuel | Ray-Ray McCloud III
  • LT: Trent Williams | Jaylon Moore
  • LG: Aaron Banks | Jon Feliciano | Ben Bartch
  • C: Jake Brendel | Jon Feliciano
  • RG: Jon Feliciano | Spencer Burford
  • RT: Colton McKivitz | Matt Prior
  • TE: George Kittle | Charlie Woerner | Brayden Willis
  • WR: Brandon Aiyuk | Chris Conley
  • QB: Brock Purdy | Sam Darnold | Brandon Allen
  • RB: Christian McCaffrey | Elijah Mitchell | Jordan Mason
  • WR: Jauan Jennings | Ronnie Bell
  • FB: Kyle Juszczyk

Defense

  • DE: Chase Young | Robert Beal Jr.
  • DT:  Arik Armstead | Kevin Givens | Sebastian Joseph-Day
  • DT: Javon Hargave | Javon Kinlaw
  • DE: Nick Bosa | Randy Gregory
  • LB: Dre Greenlaw | Dee Winters
  • LB: Fred Warner | Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles | Jalen Graham
  • LB: Oren Burks
  • CB: Charvarius Ward | Isaiah Oliver
  • CB: Deommodore Lenoir | Ambry Thomas
  • S: Ji’Aiyir Brown | Logan Ryan
  • S: Tashaun Gipson Sr. | George Odum

Special teams

  • K: Jake Moody
  • P: Mitch Wishnowsky
  • H: Mitch Wishnowsky
  • LS: Taylor Pepper
  • PR: Ray-Ray McCloud III | Ronnie Bell
  • KR: Ray-Ray McCloud III | Ronnie Bell

Chiefs’ projected depth chart for Super Bowl 58

Offense

  • WR: Rashee Rice | Mecole Hardman
  • LT: Donovan Smith | Wanya Morris
  • LG :Joe Thuney | Mike Caliendo
  • C: Creed Humphrey | Nick Allegretti
  • RG Trey Smith | Nick Allegretti
  • RT: Jawaan Taylor | Lucas Niang
  • TE: Travis Kelce | Noah Gray | Blake Bell
  • WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling | Justin Watson
  • QB: Patrick Mahomes | Blaine Gabbert
  • RB: Isiah Pacheco | Clyde Edwards-Helaire | La’Mical Perine
  • WR: Kadarius Toney | Richie James

Defense

  • DE: George Karlaftis | Felix Anudike-Uzomah | B.J. Thompson
  • DT: Tershawn Wharton | Neil Farrell
  • DT: Chris Jones | Tershawn Wharton
  • DE: Mike Danna | Charles Omenihu | Malik Herring
  • LB: Willie Gay | Darius Harris | Cole Christiansen
  • LB: Nick Bolton | Drue Tranquill
  • LB: Leo Chenal | Jack Cochrane
  • CB: Trent McDuffie | Joshua Williams | Ekow Boye-Doe
  • CB: L’Jarius Sneed | Jaylen Watson | Nic Jones
  • S: Justin Reid | Chamarri Conner
  • S: Mike Edwards | Deon Bush

Special Teams

  • P: Tommy Townsend
  • K: Harrison Butker
  • H: Tommy Townsend
  • LS: James Winchester
  • PR: Kadarius Toney | Richie James
  • KR: Richie James | Kadarius Toney
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