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September 4, 2012
Deciphering the 49ers depth chart


WR: 15 Michael Crabtree ,10 Kyle Williams. 17 A.J. Jenkins
LT: 74 Joe Staley
LG: 77 Mike Iupati, 66 Joe Looney
C: 59 Jonathan Goodwin, 67 Daniel Kilgore
RG: 75 Alex Boone, 68 Leonard Davis
RT: 76 Anthony Davis
TE: 85 Vernon Davis, 46 Delanie Walker, 83 Demarcus Dobbs, 81 Garrett Celek
WR: 84 Randy Moss, 82 Mario Manningham, 19 Ted Ginn Jr.
FB: 49 Bruce Miller, 24 Anthony Dixon
RB: 21 Frank Gore, 32 Kendall Hunter, 45 Brandon Jacobs, 23 LaMichael James
QB: 11 Alex Smith, 7 Colin Kaepernick, 3 Scott Tolzien


LDT: 91 Ray McDonald, 95 Ricky Jean Francois
NT: 90 Isaac Sopoaga, 92 Will Tukuafu, 93 Ian Williams
RDT: 94 Justin Smith, 83 Demarcus Dobbs
OLB: 55 Ahmad Brooks, 51 Clark Haggans
ILB: 53 NaVorro Bowman, 54 Larry Grant
ILB: 52 Patrick Willis, 56 Tavares Gooden
OLB: 99 Aldon Smith 51, Clark Haggans
LCB: 22 Carlos Rogers, 20 Perrish Cox, 26 Tramaine Brock
RCB: 25 Tarell Brown, 29 Chris Culliver
FS: 38 Dashon Goldson, 27 C.J. Spillman
SS: 31 Donte Whitner, 30 Trenton Robinson, 28 Darcel McBath


PR: 19 Ted Ginn Jr., 10 Kyle Williams, 23 LaMichael James
KOR: 19 Ted Ginn Jr., 32 Kendall Hunter, 23 LaMichael James
P: 4 Andy Lee
K: 2 David Akers
H: 4 Andy Lee
LS: 86 Brian Jennings

Some observations:

• Crabtree and Moss are listed as the starters. What will be interesting is how much the others - Manningham, Ginn and Williams - are worked into games. Manningham was back in the locker room after missing last week to attend to his grandfather's funeral.

• There are no backups listed behind starting tackles Staley and Anthony Davis. Boone, obviously, would step in in an emergency, but the depth chart shows clearly that the team's reserves are all guards.

• Perrish Cox is listed ahead of Tramaine Brock at cornerback. Look for Cox to see a substantial number of snaps against Green Bay.

• Demarcus Dobbs is listed as the No. 3 tight end ahead of rookie Garrett Celek while Trenton Robinson is listed ahead of Darcel McBath. If I had to guess - barring injuries - which 49ers will be inactive on game days, I'd say: Tolzien, Celek, Jenkins, Ian Williams, McBath, Looney and ... ?

-- 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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