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49ers training camp preview: How will the safety reserves shake out?

The San Francisco 49ers have their starting safeties, but they have also invested in youth at the position. How will that group look in training camp?
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The San Francisco 49ers welcome rookies and quarterbacks to training camp on Monday, July 27 and veterans on Friday, July 31. They then kick things off in earnest when they hold their first practice on Saturday, August 1. The team's first preseason game is not until August 15, but in the meantime, some semblance of football is almost back in our lives!

Thus far we have looked at the depth chart bubble watch, and salary cap questions about each position. I wanted to close out the offseason by figuring out the questions left to answer for each position as we head into training camp. We won't get all the answers we seek in training camp and the preseason, but we will get a much better handle on what this team looks like heading into the 2015 season.

The idea behind this is just to figure out what we are going to be looking for in training camp reports and preseason games. When final roster cuts are made, we will look back at these questions, and ahead to questions for the regular season.

The safety position is a mix of stability and a question mark. Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea will be the starting safeties, but Reid's concussions remain a question. He might very well be fine the rest of his career, but it will be something we are thinking about during games. The 49ers have added young talent to prepare for the future, but each of those guys has their own issues to consider in the development process.

Here are some of those questions for the safeties heading into camp. Craig Dahl is not listed because it is more about whether or not he is an eventual roster cut, or if he is locked in as the primary backup. I don't expect training camp or preseason games to really tell us a whole lot.

1. Will Jimmie Ward get any work at safety?

2. What kind of work will Jaquiski Tartt get at safety, and potentially linebacker in a "big nickel" type of package?

3. What kind of preseason work will L.J. McCray get outside of special teams?

Feel free to throw out any of your own questions for the group. We won't address every one of these position group questions every single week, but I do plan on checking back on these as August moves along. Again, this is not about what questions face the group in the regular season. Rather, it is about what we can learn from the six weeks of training camp and preseason games.