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49ers release first unofficial depth chart

The San Francisco 49ers have released an unofficial depth chart in advance of Thursday's preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Place key emphasis on "unofficial".

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The San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens this Thursday in their first preseason game of the 2014 season. In advance of that, the team's PR department released an unofficial depth chart. The key word of course is unofficial. Generally this depth chart is put together by the PR department to provide some basic information for the media. There can be coach input, but often times it counts as speculation as well. That being said, given the time the PR staff spends around the team, it at least provides us with some speculative opportunities!

Bruce Ellington is listed deep down the wide receiver depth chart but I imagine that is due almost entirely to his injury slowing his start to training camp. He's slowly working his way into things, but given the injuries to Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd, I have to think he'll see extensive opportunities against Baltimore. It will be interesting to see who gets the start alongside Anquan Boldin. While Boldin probably will not get very many snaps, I'd imagine he'll get some given his history with Baltimore. However, I imagine Quinton Patton and Stevie Johnson end up with more snaps than Boldin.

On the defensive side of the ball, the defensive line will be something to watch. Ray McDonald and Justin Smith probably will not play. Glenn Dorsey suffered an arm injury in practice on Friday, and we're waiting word on the extent of the injury. That could determine if he plays at all this Thursday. Whether or not Dorsey plays, Mike Purcell will see extensive time at nose tackle. Quinton Dial and Tony Jerod-Eddie also probably would see some time there, although Jerod-Eddie will also be getting defensive tackle time with Smith and McDonald out. Demarcus Dobbs has been out the last three days dealing with personal matters, so hopefully he can play. We could end up seeing a whole lot of Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, Mike Purcell, and Lawrence Okoye. That's intriguing to say the least.


WR: Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Devon Wylie, Chuck Jacobs, Bruce Ellington
WR: Michael Crabtree, Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim OsgoodDavid Reed
LT: Joe Staley, Carter Bykowski
LG: Mike Iupati, Al Netter
C: Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin, Dillon Farrell
RG: Joe Looney, Adam Snyder, Michael Philipp
RT: Anthony Davis, Jonathan Martin, Ryan Seymour
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Derek Carrier, Asante Cleveland, Kevin Greene
FB: Bruce Miller, Will Tukuafu
RB: Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Jewel Hampton, Alfonso Smith, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson, McLeod Bethel-Thompson


LDE: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine
NT: Glenn Dorsey, Quinton Dial, Mike Purcell
RDE: Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs, Lawrence Okoye
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier, Chase Thomas
ILB: Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody, Blake Costanzo
ILB: Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Shayne Skov
OLB: Aldon Smith, Dan Skuta, Aaron Lynch
CB: Tramaine Brock, Chris Cook, Darryl Morris
CB: Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker
FS: Eric Reid, Jimmie Ward, C.J. Spillman, James McCray
SS: Antoine Bethea, Craig Dahl, Bubba Ventrone, D.J. Campbell

Special teams

P: Andy Lee, Colton Schmidt
K: Phil Dawson, Colton Schmidt
PR: Perrish Cox, Bruce Ellington
KR: Perrish Cox, Carlos Hyde
LS: Kevin McDermott, Kyle Nelson