SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers public relations staff is responsible for coming up with a depth chart ahead of the first preseason game every year. They released their latest version Wednesday:
Overall, it's an accurate portrayal of how rep distribution has gone through the first week and a half of training camp. But there are a few things that should be noted.
--Darnell Dockett is listed as the third string left defensive end. He's received fewer reps than the players ahead of him there, Glenn Dorsey and Tony Jerod-Eddie, while he continues to work his way back from an ACL tear sustained last preseason. Dockett will likely be the primary option there in pass-rushing situations when the 49ers use their nickel package.
There's been a lot of talk about the overall versatility of the 49ers' defensive linemen. With that in mind, don't read too much into this depth chart at those positions.
--Rookie seventh-round pick Ian Silberman is listed as the No. 2 center behind Joe Looney. Second-year player Marcus Martin is more likely to backup Looney there, but cannot be listed twice. As of now, Martin will likely start at right guard.
--The same situation is happening at left tackle, where starting left guard Alex Boone will likely back up Joe Staley. Patrick Miller is listed as the backup. Rookie Trent Brown, listed as the backup right tackle, would also get consideration there.
--Dontae Johnson has been the third corner on the field, moving Tramaine Brock inside when the 49ers go to nickel. Jimmie Ward, listed as the second-string free safety, will be back in the mix to play nickel once he resumes practicing in full-team drills. To this point, Ward has only participated in individual sessions, as is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason opener.
--There are players not listed on the depth chart who are on injury lists:
Active/Illness: ILB Nick Bellore
Active/Physically Unable to perform: G/C Daniel Kilgore
Active/Non-football injury: WR DeAndre Smelter, LB Michael Wilhoite