49ers release unofficial depth chart for 2017

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Reuben Foster has made a positive impression early in 49ers training camp and sits atop the unofficial depth chart.

The San Francisco 49ers released their unofficial depth chart for the 2017 season. While it may be too early to make any firm conclusions, some interesting trends are emerging from this unofficial depth chart and the start of training camp.


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Reuben Foster practices with the first team

Following the season-ending injury to LB Malcolm Smith, Reuben Foster received every rep at WILL linebacker alongside NaVorro Bowman on Monday. While defensive coordinator Robert Saleh indicated that Foster would compete with Ray-Ray Armstrong, the unofficial depth chart has Foster with the first team. Foster made two interceptions, including a pick-6, in his first three days and did not appear out of place with the first team, receiving praise from media that suggests Foster has the potential to remain atop the depth chart.

Vance McDonald remains the first-string tight end

While there has been a lot of speculation about Vance McDonald being traded or cut, the unofficial depth chart continues to list McDonald with the first team. While Vance has dropped some passes, he has also made a positive impression hitting and catching, including two TDs from Brian Hoyer, during training camp so far. At this point, he is the starter but his fate remains up in the air and some are predicting that he could be unseated by George Kittle.

Carlos Hyde is the unquestioned starter and isn’t going anywhere

You know that the NFL news cycle is slow when someone floats a story that Carlos Hyde could be a surprise cut at training camp, because early impressions at training camp support Hyde as the unquestioned starter and someone who may thrive in Shanahan’s offense. He has been destroying rookie defensive backs and has been described as a bright spot of 49ers training camp.

Tank Carradine sits atop the depth chart at right defensive end

Though Tank is competing with first round selection Solomon Thomas and has been predicted by some to be a potential training camp cut, Carradine has been described to be in better shape and performing well. Will he make the team and finally live up to the potential that Baalke saw in him? There’s still a lot of training camp left, but it’s a promising start.

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