I was looking through roster projections and came up with a real "novice" thought. This 49ers team is the deepest we have seen in a long time. By deep i mean talented as well. It is possible for teams to have a deep roster, but those filling the roster are average players. I think i am correct in assuming that the 2010 version of the 49ers is the most talented and deep of any team since the 2002 version.
I have seen a nice amount of progression in terms of identifying roles for the 49ers over the course of the first two pre season games. Additionally, in areas where competition remains, my belief is that it is strength going against strength. In previous seasons we saw the likes of Arnaz Battle, Darrell Jackson, and Mark Roman fighting for roster spots. Today, none of them would even last to the 53 man roster, let alone the 1st cut down date. This is an extraordinary depiction of how far this team has come over the last couple of seasons.
LETS LOOK AT IT FOR A SECOND
Back Up QB: This has received a lot of play on here and other sites, but i really don't think there is much competition for this spot. David Carr was brought in to be the starting QB, and that is exactly what he will be. I am excited about the play of Nate Davis to some extent, but it is ever apparent that he isn't ready to come in and play if Alex Smith goes down. I am excited to see him play over the final two pre season games because we really need to get a finite read on whether or not he has a future in the NFL as a starting QB.
David Carr over Nate Davis
Back up Running Back: Again we have nearly the same issue as back up QB. Although it must be noted that the back up RB will play a nice amount in our system. Who can't be impressed by the play of Anthony Dixon during the 1st two pre season game. This dude can flat out play, barely did i i see him not move forward after initial contact in both game. This is something that cannot be taught. However, Brian Westbrook will be the back up and 3rd down specialist on this team, and i could not be more excited about it. Apparently, he looks as good as ever on the practice field and having him complement Gore could mean amazing things for the 49ers offense this season. Consequently, i do see a scenario where the 49ers utilize a quazi Marion Barber-Felix Jones-Tashard Choice RB committee. This of course with Gore getting a bulk of the playing time. All of a sudden this is an extremely deep position. Is it possible that Glen Coffee's retirement was a blessing in disguise?
Brian Westbrook over Anthony Dixon
Fullback: Let me make this a clear and precise as possible. We ONLY need to carry one FB an we should only carry ONE fullback. And his name is Jehuu Caulcrick PERIOD. Moran Norris is past his prime, has no upside remaining it we show our hand when he is in the game. I remember Caulcrick at Michigan State, and this dude was an absolute physical beast. He has upside, he is young, and he can play special teams. We could use the roster spot for another player that is more deserving than Moran Norris. Some think that Britt Miller is still in the equation, but it appears that the 49ers coaching staff has strayed away from that in recent weeks
Jehuu Caulcrick over Moran Norris and Britt Miller
#3 Wide Receiver: On the surface this seems like Ted Ginn Jr job to lose, but i am really impressed by the play of Dominique Zeigler who has just come in and played great in the games. Anyone who has followed the 49ers over the course of the last couple of seasons has to be impressed by the work ethic of Zeigler. That said, i do believe that Ginn will start out as the #3 WR and produce in that role, as i believe Zeigler will produce in the #4 WR position
Ted Ginn Jr over Dominique Zeigler
Final Wide Receiver Spot: I really don't think there is much competition here. I believe that the 49ers are only holding on to Jason Hill in order to see if a team will bite and give up a low draft pock for him. Kyle Williams will win the #5 WR spot, even if he doesn't play in another pre season game. He has tremendous upside, while it appears Hill is regressing as a player. I am disappointed to say this, but Jason Hill's days on the 49ers are extremely limited
Kyle Williams over Jason Hill
I will be back with the defensive side later on this week.
What Position Battle Do You Disagree With Me The Most?
David Carr over Nate Davis (18 votes)
Brian Westbrook over Anthony Dixon (22 votes)
Jehuu Caulcrick over Moran Norris and Britt Miller (62 votes)
Ted Ginn over Dominique Zeigler (25 votes)
Kyle Williams over Jason Hill (23 votes)
None you hit it right on the button (63 votes)
213 total votes