Earlier this week, the San Francisco 49ers PR department released a depth chart for the team's Week 2 preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. The depth chart came along before the Asante Cleveland-Jordan Devey trade was finalized, and also before the team activated Nick Bellore off the Active/Illness list. I have updated their spreadsheet with Bellore and Devey listed in parenthesis and in italics at the end of the given position.
The depth chart did not change from last week, and considering it is a PR distribution, I am not entirely surprised. There is talk that some coaches contribute, but for the most part, this is just a reference tool to know who plays what position. Most of the starters generally make sense, but after that it is kind of up in the air.
The team has their third practice of Week 2 Thursday afternoon, and it will be interesting to see how things build from the first two practices. Keith Reaser has been getting first team defense work the last two days, with Kenneth Acker coming on in the nickel. The first two weeks of practice saw Shareece Wright as the starting cornerback, and Dontae Johnson coming on in the nickel. It could just be a week of trying something new, but it could also mean we are in store for some significant changes.
The other notable change is Aaron Lynch moving back into the starting lineup. This was put together on Tuesday, before Lynch had returned to practice. He was getting first team left outside linebacker work in place of Corey Lemonier. It seems likely that he will secure that role moving forward.
Brandon Thomas has continued to get some first team reps, but is primarily serving as a backup at right guard. He very well might see an increase in reps, but for now, that is not the case. This will be something else to track as the week progresses into Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert, Dylan Thompson
RB: Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Kendall Hunter, Mike Davis, Jarryd Hayne, Kendall Gaskins
FB: Bruce Miller, Trey Millard
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Derek Carrier, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Xavier Grimble, Busta Anderson
WR: Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, DeAndrew White, Issac Blakeney, DiAndre Campbell, Nigel King
WR: Torrey Smith, Jerome Simpson, Chuck Jacobs, Dres Anderson, Mario Hull
LT: Joe Staley, Patrick Miller, Sean Hooey
LG: Alex Boone, Andrew Tiller, (Jordan Devey)
C: Joe Looney, Ian Silberman, Dillon Farrell
RG: Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas
RT: Erik Pears, Trent Brown, Justin Renfrow
LDT: Glenn Dorsey, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Darnell Dockett, Kaleb Ramsey, Arik Armstead
NT: Ian Williams, Mike Purcell, Garrison Smith
RDT: Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, Lawrence Okoye
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch, Marcus Rush
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Shayne Skov, Desmond Bishop, (LB Nick Bellore)
ILB: Nick Moody, Philip Wheeler, Steve Beauharnais
OLB: Corey Lemonier, Eli Harold, Shawn Lemon
LCB: Tramaine Brock, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Mylan Hicks
RCB: Shareece Wright, Marcus Cromartie, Kenneth Acker, Leon McFadden
FS: Eric Reid, Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, Jermaine Whitehead
SS: Antoine Bethea, Craig Dahl, L.J. McCray
P: Bradley Pinion
K: Phil Dawson, Corey Acosta
H: Bradley Pinion
PR: Reggie Bush, Bruce Ellington, Jarryd Hayne
KR: Reggie Bush, DeAndrew White, Mario Hull
LS: Kyle Nelson
Active/PUP: C Daniel Kilgore
Active/NFI: WR DeAndre Smelter, LB Michael Wilhoite