The San Francisco 49ers have a handful of training camp battles that have yet to be decided, but some positions have become more clear while others remain murky. After their 15-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, the position pictures have become more clear.
Eric Reid has yet to start in the first two games of the preseason, but he is in line to start the season as Dashon Goldson‘s replacement. Reid has showed his speed and tackling prowess, while not being beat deep yet. Craig Dahl started against the Chiefs, but all signs point to Reid starting as a rookie.
Nickel Back is essentially the twelfth starter on defense. The nickel back has been Chris Culliver the past two years, but after he tore his ACL and was lost for the season, the Niners have been searching for his replacement. Tramaine Brock has taken over in training camp as the #3 corner and has played well in the two preseason games. He seems to have an edge over Perrish Cox and Nnamdi Asomugha.
Obviously, the 49ers are set at one receiver position with Anquan Boldin, but the receiver position opposite of him has many candidates with no clear cut winner. In the first two preseason games, Marlon Moore has been the starter which would technically put him in the lead for the second receiver spot, but the Niners would love for A.J. Jenkins to step up and win it. Kyle Williams and fourth-round pick Quinton Patton will return to practice this week and should get a long look in the third preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Also, the Niners should be looking into giving more reps to newcomers Austin Collie and Lavelle Hawkins.