The 49ers acquired Jeremy Kerley last week by trading a guard who wasn’t even going to make their team, Brandon Thomas, to the Lions. Thomas didn’t make the Lions’ roster either, but Kerley is a starter. At two positions.
The 49ers’ unofficial depth chart lists Kerley as a starter at both wide receiver and punt returner.
Kerley played his entire five-year career with the Jets before going to the Lions this offseason. Last year he was largely phased out of the offense, with a career-low 16 catches for 152 yards, although he remained the Jets’ primary punt returner.
The 49ers list Kerley as one of three starting receivers, along with Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton. The depth chart has Carlos Hyde as starting running back and Vance McDonald as starting tight end. There are no fullbacks in Chip Kelly’s offense.