The San Francisco 49ers P.R. staff just released the team’s unofficial depth chart for the season opener. Here it is:
LWR: Pierre Garcon, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne
LT: Joe Staley, John Theus
LG: Zane Beadles, Laken Tomlinson
C: Daniel Kilgore
RG: Brandon Fusco, Erik Magnuson
RT: Trent Brown, Garry Gilliam
TE: George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen
RWR: Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, Victor Bolden Jr.
RB: Carlos Hyde, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert
FB: Kyle Juszczyk
QB: Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard
LDE: Arik Armstead, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch
LDT: Earl Mitchell, D.J. Jones
RDT: DeForest Buckner, Xavier Cooper
RDE: Tank Carradine, Solomon Thomas
SAM: Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson, Pita Taumoepenu
MIKE: NaVorro Bowman, Brock Coyle
WILL: Reuben Foster, Ray-Ray Armstrong
LCB: Rashard Robinson
RCB: Dontae Johnson, Ahkello Witherspoon
NB: K’Waun Williams, Keith Reaser
FS: Jimmie Ward, Lorenzo Jerome, Adrian Colbert
SS: Eric Reid, Jaquiski Tartt
P: Bradley Pinion
K: Robbie Gould
H: Bradley Pinion
PR: Trent Taylor, Victor Bolden Jr.
KR: Raheem Moster, Victor Bolden Jr.
LS: Kyle Nelson
What do you think of this depth chart? Here are my thoughts:
1. Laken Tomlinson is listed as the backup left guard now, but if he plays well during practice this week he could be the starting left guard Sunday against the Panthers. It’s just a matter of time until he takes that job from Zane Beadles.
2. George Kittle is listed as the starting tight end. I wonder if he indeed will start and play three downs and the feature tight end, or if the 49ers will feature him only in the passing game and use Garrett Celek or Logan Paulsen as the primary blocking tight end.
3. Logan Paulsen is listed as the third-string tight end. That’s surprising to me. He seemed like their best blocking tight end during the preseason.
4. Arik Armstead is listed as the left defensive end, and Tank Carradine is the right defensive end. When training camp started, Armstead played on the right side and Carradine played on the left. I wonder if they have switched positions, or if each player will play a little bit of both spots.
5. Keith Reaser is listed as the backup nickel back, but I never saw him take a single snap at that position during training camp or the preseason. Did you?
Answer: Reaser did in fact play nickel back during the preseason. He started at the position when the 49ers played the Chargers last week. My mistake.
6. Victor Bolden Jr. is listed as the backup punt returner and the backup kick returner. I thought he would start at both positions. He is the best returner on the roster.