Out of all the upcoming competitions set to take place on the 49ers defense, secondary roles will be most coveted. Cornerback and safety spots will feature the most spirited battles.
That’s the opinion of 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
San Francisco’s front-seven appears to be set, other than the starting spot at nose tackle. Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey are two of the top contenders to fill Isaac Sopoaga’s role as the anchor of the 3-4 defensive alignment.
On the back end of the defense, cornerback and safety will be the position battles to watch. Eric Reid, Craig Dahl and Trenton Robinson are some of the players who will have the opportunity to start at free safety opposite of Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner. At cornerback, Nnamdi Asomugha’s arrival in San Francisco signaled an interesting competition for defensive back roles in the team’s base and nickel personnel groups.
The upcoming competitions will be intriguing all offseason and should only intensify when Organized Team Activities take place starting next week.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discussed the workout dedication of A.J. Jenkins.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle analyzed the potential of seventh-round pick Carter Bykowski.
Maiocco looked at the upcoming position battles on the 49ers offensive line.
Evan Silva of NBCSports.com ranked San Francisco as the NFL’s No. 2 offensive line behind New England.
49ers.com checked in with Michael Crabtree to hear about his eagerness for the 2013 season.
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