csnbayarea.com says that this is a make or break year for DE Kentwan Balmer:
Last summer, 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky raved about Balmer’s offseason work. Watching him in his first two seasons Balmer seems to work hard and hustle from drill to drill and he seems to take the game seriously and is willing to put forth the effort to become a good player. The big question is can he play at this level, at this point, we don’t know. Balmer is still searching for a valued role on the team. He backs up Isaac Sopoaga at left defensive end and he can also play the right side. Demetric Evans does the same things as Balmer, but Evans is an eight-year veteran who knows how to play the game. The coaches trust him. And that is where Balmer needs to be once training camp starts to be assured of a spot on the team.