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Jimmie Ward optimistic about being ready for 49ers training camp

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Jimmie Ward continues rehabbing his foot injury, bit expects to be ready for training camp. How will the absence impact his standing on the depth chart?

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The San Francisco 49ers cornerback depth chart is missing a few players in minicamp due to injuries. This group includes Tramaine Brock, Shareece Wright and Jimmie Ward. It sounds like Brock and Wright are dealing with injuries suffered during the workout program, and should be good to go for training camp.

Ward, on the other hand, is dealing with a bad screw related to his previous foot surgery. He says he has a better screw in place which should prevent this issue in the future. He has been unable to participate on the field during the offseason workout program, but on Tuesday, he said he was optimistic he would be ready for training camp.

"I should be (ready)," Ward said. "I feel good right now. I feel fine and everything is coming back positive."

I'm sure this is completely shocking information. An injured player saying he will be ready for training camp is just a stunning change from what we are used to.

OK, we can be at least a little bit serious. Ward's foot is a concern given what we have seen with foot injuries for wide receivers and cornerbacks. He struggled early on last season, but seemed to be taking a step forward before aggravating his foot injury.

It was not entirely a lost season, but he has some ground to make up, particularly in light of the emergence of other young cornerbacks. Kenneth Acker had a strong showing last training camp and preseason, and Keith Reaser has emerged this offseason.

Reaser in particular has been getting work at nickel back during the offseason workout program. We'll learn a lot more once pads are on in August, but it certainly makes for an intriguing competition. Reaser suffered a torn ACL during the 2013 college football season, and then required a second surgery last February. All indications are that he is back to 100 percent and flashing the speed that was a strength. It is entirely possible he could slip past Ward on the depth chart, but my guess is we see more of a rotation of some sort. It will make for a big competition in training camp.