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49ers depth chart for Week 1 vs. Dallas Cowboys

The San Francisco 49ers released an unofficial depth chart on Tuesday. We take a look at some of the early details.

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The San Francisco 49ers released an unofficial depth chart earlier today. It has been linked a couple times in the comments, but I wanted to get it up here on the front page. This depth chart comes courtesy of the weekly game release the PR department sends out. This is very unofficial because this is determined in part by the team's PR department. I recall hearing a while back that coaches can provide some insight, but for the most part, this should be taken with a bit of a grain of salt.


WR: Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Bruce Ellington
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Daniel Kilgore (Marcus Martin)
RG: Joe Looney, Dillon Farrell
RT: Anthony Davis, Jonathan Martin
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Derek Carrier
WR: Michael Crabtree, Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Kassim Osgood
FB: Bruce Miller
RB: Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, LaMichael James
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Josh Johnson


LDT: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine
NT: Ian Williams, Quinton Dial
RDT: Justin Smith, Demarcus Dobbs
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch
ILB: Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody
ILB: Patrick Willis, Chris Borland
OLB: Dan Skuta, Corey Lemonier
LCB: Tramaine Brock, Chris Cook
RCB: Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Dontae Johnson
FS: Eric Reid, Jimmie Ward, L.J. McCray 
SS: Antoine Bethea, Craig Dahl

Special Teams

P: Andy Lee
K: Phil Dawson
H: Andy Lee 
PR: Bruce Ellington, LaMichael James
KR: Bruce Ellington, LaMichael James
LS: Kyle Nelson

The most notable inclusion on this is Bruce Ellington listed first at both punt returner and kick returner. I recall a couple years back someone being listed as the second kick and punt returner but handling the duties. However, I cannot find it for the life of me in past media releases. I bring this up because I would just be a little surprised if Ellington had already supplanted LMJ as the return man. We'll find out for certain on Sunday, but my hunch still says LMJ handles returns.

Dan Skuta is listed as the starter at outside linebacker, ahead of Corey Lemonier. I imagine we see Skuta in base downs, and Lemonier in nickel and other such situations. That makes Skuta the starter as much as Parys Haralson was the starter during Aldon Smith's rookie year.

Other than that, Brandon Lloyd getting the listing over Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington is not shocking. I still think we need to wait and see what the team does with inactives this Sunday before we can fully get a handle on the 49ers wide receiver depth chart.