The 49ers remain busy reshaping their roster for an NFC-title
defense. Trades, acquisitions, departures and 14 upcoming draft picks are all
part of this ongoing, laboring process.
It's understandable that the 49ers might audition an unemployed quarterback, that being former West Virginia star Pat White, as reported Sunday by USA Today. The 49ers have only two quarterbacks on their roster, and there's no harm in trying out White as a read-option quarterback.
Then again, White hasn't played in the NFL since flaming out as a 2009 rookie with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the second round and saw him complete 0-of-5 while running 21 times for 81 yards. From a 2011 stint in the now-defunct
United Football League to a March 14 workout at West Virginia's pro day, White is game for a comeback.
The 49ers are a potential dance partner because, (a) their offense is driven by mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick, (b) they could use someone else beside Scott Tolzien on the depth chart, (c) coach Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback whisperer, and, (d) they give comebacks to those who've been on a hiatus (see: Moss, Randy).
Only a couple vacancies remain on the 49ers' roster aside from backup quarterback. Depth is needed on the offensive line, defensive line and in the secondary (paging: Nnamdi Asomugha) to challenge incumbents. General manager Trent Baalke also needs to replace Ted Ginn on returns, and an extra tight end is a must to offset Delanie Walker's departure.
Here is an early guess at the 49ers' depth chart, with probable starters in capital letters:
--Quarterback: COLIN KAEPERNICK, Scott Tolzien.
--Running back: FRANK GORE, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon, Jewel Hampton
--Fullback: BRUCE MILLER, Anthony Dixon, Will Tukuafu
--Wide receiver: ANQUAN BOLDIN, MICHAEL CRABTREE, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall, Marlon Moore, Joe Hastings
--Tight end: VERNON DAVIS, Garrett Celek, Demarcus Dobbs
--Offensive line: LT JOE STALEY, LG MIKE IUPATI, C JONATHAN GOODWIN, RG ALEX BOONE, RT ANTHONY DAVIS, G/C Daniel Kilgore, G Joe Looney, T Kenny Wiggins, G Al Netter, G Wayne Tribue
--Defensive line: DT JUSTIN SMITH, DT RAY MCDONALD, DL GLENN DORSEY, NT Ian Williams, DT Demarcus Dobbs, DL Will Tukuafu, DT Tony Jerod-Eddie, DT Lamar Divens
--Outside linebacker: ALDON SMITH, AHMAD BROOKS, Parys Haralson, Cam Johnson, Darius Fleming
--Inside linebacker: PATRICK WILLIS, NAVORRO BOWMAN, Dan Skuta, Michael Wilhoite, Nate Stupar
--Cornerback: TARELL BROWN, CARLOS ROGERS, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock
--Safety: DONTE WHITNER, CRAIG DAHL, C.J. Spillman, Darcel McBath, Trenton Robinson, Michael Thomas
--Kicker: PHIL DAWSON
--Punter: ANDY LEE
--Long snapper: BRIAN JENNINGS
--Kickoff returner: LAMICHAEL JAMES, Kendall Hunter, Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Chad Hall, Joe Hastings
--Punt returner: KYLE WILLIAMS, LaMichael James, Marlon Moore, Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall, A.J. Jenkins
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