With the start of the 2013 regular season only days away, the San Francisco 49ers released the depth chart for the game against the Green Bay Packers.
The position on everyone’s mind is wide receiver. The top two slots are occupied by Anquan Boldin and Kyle Williams. Marlon Moore and Jon Baldwin will backup Boldin, while Quinton Patton and Chris Happer will be behind Williams at receiver.
There was no surprise with Boldin holding the top receiving spot. But I thought Moore had shown enough in training camp and the preseason to be awarded the No. 2 slot on the depth chart. Williams did miss all four preseason games because of an injury, but his experience on the field and with the Niners offense gave him a huge edge over Moore, who signed with the team this past offseason.
As expected, backing up Colin Kaepernick is Colt McCoy followed by rookie B.J. Daniels on the quarterback depth chart.
Rookie Vance McDonald was awarded for his play in the preseason with the second tight end spot behind starter Vernon Davis. McDonald will be taking over the big load Delaine Walker carried for the Niners last season on both run and pass plays. Second year player Garrett Celek is the third-string tight end.
There were no surprises with the defenses depth chart. Nose tackle Ian Williams will start over Glenn Dorsey, who was signed as free agent in the offseason. First-round draft pick Eric Reid is listed as the starting free safety. Carol Rogers and Tarell Brown remain as the starters at cornerback. Nnamdi Asomugha and Tramaine Brock are their backups.
On special teams LaMichael James is listed as both the kick and punt returner. Because he is out with a knee injury for the next three weeks, Kyle Williams will pull double-duty in the return game. Cornerback Perrish Cox is the third return man for kickoffs and punts.
Week 1 depth chart versus Green Bay Packers:
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels
FB: Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon
WR1: Anquan Boldin, Marlon Moore , Jon Baldwin
WR2: Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Chris Harper
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati, Joe Looney
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
RG: Alex Boone, Adam Snyder
RT: Anthony Davis
LDT: Ray McDonald, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey
RDT: Justin Smith, Will Tukuafu
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Dan Skuta
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Nate Stupar
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody
OLB: Aldon Smith, Corey Lemonier
LCB: Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock
RCB: Tarell Brown Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox
FS: Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman
SS: Donte Whitner, Craig Dahl, Raymond Ventrone
P: Andy Lee
K: Phil Dawson
H: Andy Lee
PR: LaMichael James, Kyle Williams, Perrish Cox
KR: LaMichael James, Kyle Williams, Perrish Cox
LS: Kevin McDermott