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Niners’ depth chart starts to take shape

Jim Harbaugh AP

With preseason openers coming up, every team will be releasing their initial depth charts.

Even if they don’t want to.

It’s safe to include 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh among the guys who’d prefer not to.  And even now that he has to, he has injected a little ambiguity into the process.

Before camp, Harbaugh said he has five No. 1 receivers.  Per Cam Inman of BayAreaNewsGroup.com, three of them are listed as the starter at one receiver spot:  Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, or Ted Ginn.

The other starter is Michael Crabtree, who has missed much of camp with an ankle injury.

Kyle Williams is second behind Crabtree, and first-round rookie A.J. Jenkins comes in third.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, Colin Kaepernick has the early edge over Josh Johnson in the battle to back up quarterback Alex Smith.

Also, veteran running back Brandon Jacobs comes in third at tailback, behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter but in front of rookie second-rounder LaMichael James.

On defense, where all starters are returning, Aldon Smith has (to little surprise) supplanted Parys Haralson at outside linebacker.

Getting 14 sacks as a backup during a guy’s rookie year could tend to do that.

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10 Responses to “Niners’ depth chart starts to take shape”
  1. buddysguys says: Aug 7, 2012 12:36 PM

    Crabtree is such a BUST

  2. bubba9er says: Aug 7, 2012 1:30 PM

    Not many question marks on this roster. I think they improved an already very good team. I really, really hope Alex Smith proves all of his doubters wrong… and that Crabs feels like playing up to his potential.

  3. slumdog66 says: Aug 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    And still has more money than you. Haters gonna hate

  4. supremekingz says: Aug 7, 2012 1:41 PM

    The NFC West Receivers are really starting to look dangerous…

  5. jikkle49 says: Aug 7, 2012 1:53 PM

    Depends on your definition of bust.

    Crabtree definitely hasn’t lived up to his draft status but he has actually been productive.

    He had 72 catches 874 yards last season which are pretty decent numbers being in a conservative passing offense.

  6. garonm says: Aug 7, 2012 2:08 PM

    I bet Kyle Williams has a break-out season when Craptree goes down (pretending) to be hurt in the first or second game.

  7. gearz49 says: Aug 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    I think the biggest problem people have with crabtree is that,he’s a no show during the off season,and when he does he sux and gets hurt….and then barely…….barely shows up during the actual season games.He will have a better season this year because now if he craps out,theres actual receivers to plug into the offense,so actually he has no choice but to get better……….

  8. smackwatermac says: Aug 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    I don’t understand why the pre-season over/under on wins is only 9 1/2. Apparently, outside of SF, there’s little confidence in Alex Smith. That’ll change this year.

  9. pcjag says: Aug 7, 2012 2:29 PM

    Do NFL teams carry 4 tailbacks on their 53? Do the niners utilize a fullback?

  10. jikkle49 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    @pcjag

    9ers fullback is Bruce Miller

    The amount of RBs the 9ers have isn’t going to be any different this season.

    They carried 3 tailbacks and 2 fullbacks last season but this season they’ll likely carry 4 tailbacks and 1 fullback this season.

    They could have 5 tailbacks if they choose to keep Cartwright but he would take one of the special team aces spots and he wouldn’t touch the ball on offense.

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