The 49ers are midway through their second week of OTAs, and this week features several absences. The most notable absences included (in alphabetical order): Michael Crabtree, Chris Culliver, Anthony Davis, Vernon Davis, Mario Manningham, and Donte Whitner. Guys like LaMichael James and Chris Owusu are unavailable for OTAs because their schools have not completed the semester and they have not yet graduated.
There were plenty of reports from the one day of OTAs (Barrows, Maiocco, BA Sports Guy, Inman). Although we can only take so much from performances in shorts, the depth chart maneuverings do provide a bit of discussion fodder. Matt Barrows discussed a variety of results from Tuesday's practice, but opened with remarks on the depth chart.
The offensive line appears particularly notable given some of the question marks about the depth chart. In Anthony Davis' absence, current number one right guard Alex Boone moved over to right tackle. Second year offensive lineman Mike Person moved in at right guard. Person has been operating primarily as a backup tackle this offseason, but there has ben discussion of moving him inside ever since he was drafted last year. His fellow draft choice, Daniel Kilgore, has been working exclusively on the interior in his brief NFL career, and getting nothing but center work the last few weeks.
Training camp will raise some interesting position battles across the board. As Barrows pointed out, while the 49ers kept nine offensive linemen last year, versatility this year could result in only eight offensive linemen on the 53-man roster. Kilgore and Person would appear to be closing in on locking down their roster spots, but there are still questions considering Joe Looney hasn't taken part in football activities.
If the 49ers go with only eight offensive linemen, you'd seemingly have Joe Looney, Jason Slowey, Derek Hall and Chase Beeler (among others), battling for one roster spot. How do you handle the deep end of the offensive line depth chart?