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June 4, 2007
Depth chart looks same after month off

It has been nearly a month since the 49ers last assembled as a team, but there seemed to be little difference on the depth chart during Monday's organized team activities.

The starting offensive line, from left to right, was Patrick Estes, Adam Snyder, Eric Heitmann, David Baas and rookie Joe Staley. Jonas Jennings and Justin Smiley still are recovering from shoulder surgeries, while guard Larry Allen has been granted permission to work out from home. Coach Mike Nolan said he has spoken with Allen on the phone and has been reassured Allen will show up in shape. Kwame Harris, meanwhile, started the day at right tackle but suffered a back spasm and was held out.

At wide receiver, Arnaz Battle and Bryan Gilmore again were the starters, although Ashley Lelie and rookie Jason Hill got far more work than they did at the May minicamp. Hill made two diving catches along the sideline. Lelie, however, felt his problematic quadriceps muscle tighten up and went through only half the practice.

On defense, Bryant Young missed the minicamp to attend Kevin Mitchell's funeral but was back Monday as the starting left defensive end. Aubrayo Franklin started at nose tackle and Marques Douglas was the starter at right defensive end.

The team also released a list of its current weights. This has been a perennial problem for reporters in the past because the listed weights never were updated. The team would copy down what the player weighed in college and that was the guy's weight for the duration of his 49ers career. In 2003, for example, the media guide listed linebacker Jeff Ulbrich at 249 pounds when in fact he was about 230.

Some of the actual weights are intriguing. Franklin, for example, weighs 334 pounds while Young, who has been in the 290-pound range for most of his career, tipped the scales at 305. Those weights likely will drop somewhat during training camp, but it's nice to have accurate numbers now.

Other weights of note: Rookie running back Thomas Clayton is 225 pounds after being listed at 205 pounds when he was drafted. Cornerback Nate Clements is 215 pounds, while cornerback Shawntae Spencer weighs 179. First-round draft pick Patrick Willis weighed in at 242.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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