The San Francisco 49ers website provided us with some semi-updated depth chart information on Wednesday, in an article discussing Eric Reid's learning experience. The 49ers were without Donte Whitner at Tuesday's open practice session, so the team rotated Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman and Craig Dahl between the two safety positions. According to Matt Barrows, Michael Thomas and Trenton Robinson worked as second team safeties.
Yesterday, we had some discussion about whether or not C.J. Spillman might work his way into the safety rotation. While he is getting his share of looks right now, Eric Reid seems to have some positive momentum heading into next week's mandatory minicamp. He began the offseason workout program getting second team snaps, but now has worked his way into some first team snaps. This is not exactly a shock, but it's welcome to hear.
Reid got work at both safety positions, although he is reportedly lining up primarily at free safety. He mentioned how the responsibilities can change for a safety depending on a motion or the strengths of a given offense. Getting some snaps at both positions will only make him a better safety.
At this rate, it seems likely that Reid will be handling most of the first team snaps when training camp gets here. It's a learning process, but Reid has the athleticism to handle the job. With the existing physical tools, it makes all the sense in the world to get him out there with the ones and see what happens. If it doesn't work out for whatever reason, so be it. But with the first round investment in a position where the team does not have a returning starter, the team needs to know what they have.