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49ers depth chart shows no backups for LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon at PR, KR

The 49ers released their latest depth chart, reflecting the latest roster moves. What do the departures of Kyle Williams and Perrish Cox mean? New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

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The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up another set of roster moves on Tuesday, waiving cornerback Perrish Cox and wide receiver Kyle Williams. The 49ers needed roster space for linebacker Nick Moody, and could need a spot for a tight end or safety depending on the status of Garrett Celek, Vernon Davis and Eric Reid.

The departure of Cox and Williams removes two players with experience in returning kicks and punts. The 49ers PR department released the latest depth chart, and as it currently stands, they have LaMichael James listed as the punt returner, Anthony Dixon as the kick returner, and no backup for either. Well, then.

Some would say these two waiver moves provide some insight into the team's confidence in James and Dixon. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it. It will hopefully provide some useful confidence to both James and Dixon, but it's certainly going to be interesting.

The team likely has backup options on the roster, but in reality, James and Dixon are operating without a safety net to some extent. Eric Branch tweeted that Eric Wright has been getting some work fielding punts at practice. For now though, James and Wright appear to be the guys.

Here is the PR-issued depth chart if you feel like perusing it for other return options.


QB: Colin KaepernickColt McCoy, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike IupatiJoe Looney
C: Jonathan GoodwinDaniel Kilgore
RG: Alex BooneAdam Snyder
RT: Anthony Davis
RB: Frank GoreKendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, LaMichael James
FB: Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
TE: Vernon DavisVance McDonaldGarrett Celek
WR: Anquan BoldinJon Baldwin
WR: Mario Manningham, Quinton PattonKassim Osgood


RDT: Justin SmithDemarcus Dobbs
NT: Glenn DorseyQuinton Dial
LDT: Ray McDonaldTony Jerod-EddieTank Carradine
ILB: Patrick WillisMichael Wilhoite
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Nick Moody
OLB: Dan SkutaAldon Smith
OLB: Ahmad BrooksCorey Lemonier
LCB: Carlos RogersTramaine BrockDarryl Morris
RCB: Tarell Brown, Eric Wright
SS: Donte WhitnerCraig DahlRaymond Ventrone
FS: Eric ReidC.J. Spillman

Special teams:

Kicker: Phil Dawson
Punter: Andy Lee
LS: Kevin McDermott
PR: LaMichael James
KR: Anthony Dixon