The San Francisco 49ers are midway through their second set of OTAs, and Tuesday marked this week's open media day. NFL media rules require a team open at least one day of practice to the media, and so this day provided us with a glimpse into where things stand with the 49ers. Down below I've posted links to three of the practice reports filed for the day. I'll go over a some of the more notable pieces of information, but give all three a read for some more details on Tuesday's practice.
OTAs provide a chance for players to show where they stand with the coaches, but as fans, I think the most useful information we can glean relates to the depth chart. Even that is not completely on the mark, but we can at least start to infer a few things. And that is the case to some extent with the 49ers. The team is missing players due to injuries, but the players bumped up because of that are interesting to consider.
Cornerback Chris Culliver appears to have gotten some work in with the first team defense, but he did not complete the team session. He told the media he could be out there playing, but he does not want to rush it. Much like we're hearing with Michael Crabtree, the team is taking their time getting Cully back in action. Culliver's limited participation resulted in Chris Cook getting a lot of first team work opposite Tramaine Brock. The 49ers got Cook for the league minimum and not much is expected, but he appears to be impressing to some extent. He stands 6'2, 212 pounds, so size is not a question. We'll see how this holds up heading into training camp.
While Cook moved into the first team role, Eric Wright and Dontae Johnson handled second team work. Perrish Cox and Darryl Morris got first and second team nickel work. Jimmie Ward will work into that rotation in training camp.
Alex Boone and Vernon Davis remain out of OTAs, and with Anthony Davis sidelined with his shoulder injury, Joe Looney and Adam Snyder once again took over at right guard and right tackle, respectively. Ryan Seymour got work at right tackle and left guard, likely benefiting from Jonathan Martin's absence due to the lingering effects of mono.
It's great Looney is getting reps at guard, but we still don't know exactly where he fits on the depth chart. If Anthony Davis were healthy, we'd get a stronger handle on this since Snyder would not be playing right tackle. Instead, we'll probably have to wait until training camp to really get a handle on this. If Looney can be a solid reserve option at guard, and Martin can be a solid tackle option, Adam Snyder might find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble.