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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of San Francisco 49ers links from the Internet

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New 49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil has made it clear that he is looking to have his best 11 players out on the field as often as possible. It makes it hard to do that because sometimes the best players play the same position. Antoine Bethea and Jaquiski Tartt can be considered in the top 11, but it will be hard to get them into the lineup.

In the base defense, Ian Williams will likely start at NT with Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial at the ends. Joining NaVorro Bowman will likely be Gerald Hodges. On the outside LB positions will be Aaron Lynch and Ahmad Brooks. In the secondary, Jimmie Ward and Tramaine Brock will start at CB with Antoine Bethea and Eric Reid at safety.

In other packages, the 49ers would likely bring in Tartt and Dontae Johnson. Tartt could be used as a hybrid LB on passing downs like he was used last season. He can cover in the passing game and he has enough physically to stop the run as well. Johnson would replace Jimmie Ward on the outside and Ward slide into the slot. The 11 best defenders may change through the offseason. The rookies haven't worked out with the 1st or 2nd teams yet, so they could make a run into the 11 best category.

49ers Links

He has the talent to make a run. Will he get the playing time? | Defensive ROTY (Monson)

Additions To Make An Immediate Impact (Breitenbach)

Hodges At ILB (Williams)

3 Man Race (Biderman)

Bye RaidersYork Supports Raiders Stadium Anywhere (Maiocco)

Congrats Warriors ! | 49ers Applaud Warriors (Price)

Alex Smith Wears SB Shirt (CSN Staff)

Final Week Of OTAs (Barrows)

Making A WR In The Lab (Biderman)

He will get enough time to compete for the starting spot | Kap Not Cleared (Maiocco)

5 Things From Reid And Bethea (Price)

11 Best Defensive Players (Biderman)

Making his money | Perfect Spring Attendance (Jackson)

The saga continues | Anthony Davis (Biderman)

OC Modkins (Ludlow)