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Golden Nuggets: Depth Chart, Lawrence Okoye & More

Sunday, August 3, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.


It was an off day yesterday for the players. With the state of the wide receivers, it's a welcomed rest. Coach Harbaugh has said that he expects some of the receivers who've been sitting it out to be back on the field today. I, for one, can't wait. Someone has to seize the No. 2 receiver spot, and No. 3 for that matter. Whoever gets the nod will have a perfect chance at a career year for a Super Bowl contender. You can't ask for a better opportunity than that.

The 49ers released a depth chart on Saturday. It's tentative and there are some oddities, but it does give us a bit of an idea of how things stack up. I'm running behind today and we'll get straight into it.

Depth Chart

Matt Barrows gives us his thoughts on the official depth chart released by the team. He's correct to assume that the final chart at the beginning of the season will probably see a bit of 'or' when it is released. Wide receiver is a mess, as it was last year. One good note from Barrows is that LaMichael James is listed first under punt returner. He's looked much better this camp than last preseason, but Barrows notes that the comfy summer confines of a Santa Clara practice facility is a far cry from the cursed, wind-whipped grounds of a Candlestick Park on a blustery winters day. | Deep thoughts on the 49ers' initial depth chart (Barrows)

49ers depth chart: Wide receiver still wide open (Maiocco)


I really want Lawrence Okoye to succeed. I've said before that I don't think he'll be ready for at least another year, but watching him grow will be such an experimental, interesting process. I can't wait. But....this is funny. | Here's Lawrence Okoye hitting a blocking shield with his face (BASG)

Kansas City Chiefs OC Doug Pederson recently called Alex Smith the best quarterback in the league. Where do we begin to correct his statement. I'll quote the great film Billy Madison's principal..."Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul." | Leading Off: Alex Smith, best QB in the NFL? Uh ... no (Barrows)

When people talk about the 49ers, whether it be local or national media, the one thing that pops up is the insanity at wide receiver. It is a position group that has plagued the team since the NFC Championship Game following the 2011 season. | Behind Boldin, Niners have logjam at receiver (PFT)

While you wouldn't expect him to say anything else, it's good to hear Austin Collie say he's ready to go. According to him, he's been cleared to go by every doctor he's seen. | Despite concussions, WR Austin Collie insists he's ready to play (Barrows)

At least one of our coaches tells the truth. Here's the transcript from the Vic Fangio interview. | 49ers DC Vic Fangio: "I don't view my job as a cheerleader; I don't view my job as a best friend chest-bumping buddy" (Kawakami)

Leading Off: Is Colin Kaepernick really as good as we think? (Sac Bee)

Searching for answers on NFL injury front (Sando)

49er Backburner Questions (49erswebzone)

iPad playbook helping McCoy seize No. 2 QB role (Inman)

Donte Whitner on the 49ers defense: "We have to get back to the way we played in 2011″ (Kawakami)

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