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 Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati, Joe Looney
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
RG: Alex Boone, Adam Snyder
RT: Anthony Davis
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, LaMichael James
FB: Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek
WR: Anquan Boldin, Jon Baldwin
WR: Mario Manningham, Quinton Patton, Kassim Osgood
RDT: Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs
NT: Glenn Dorsey, Quinton Dial
LDT: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Nick Moody
OLB: Dan Skuta, Aldon Smith
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier
LCB: Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock, Darryl Morris
RCB: Tarell Brown, Eric Wright
SS: Donte Whitner, Craig Dahl, Raymond Ventrone
FS: Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman
Kicker: Phil Dawson
Punter: Andy Lee
LS: Kevin McDermott
PR: LaMichael James
KR: Anthony Dixon