Up-to-the-minute 49ers starters

Up-to-the-minute 49ers starters
March 21, 2012, 3:39 am
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One week into free agency, the 49ers have most -- if not all of their projected starters -- in the fold."I feel good about the way things are progressing," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday evening upon leaving the team's Santa Clara offices.Right guard is the one position where there figures to be intense competition for the starting job. Daniel Kilgore is penciled in as the starter, but at some point there will be a roster addition who will challenge him.Also, the 49ers appear to have three starting-caliber wide receivers with Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.Here's a look at the team's presumptive starters at this moment:OFFENSE
QB -- Alex Smith
(Colin Kaepernick is "just working" this offseason. Both he and Smith will be signed through the 2014 season, and Kaepernick will get a chance if he proves to the coaching staff he's improved enough to help the team; Scott Tolzien is the only other QB on the roster.)RB -- Frank Gore
(Kendall Hunter is the change-of-pace back; the club will look to give Anthony Dixon competition for more of an every-down back behind Gore; Rock Cartwright was added for his special-teams contributions.)
FB -- Bruce Miller
WR -- Michael Crabtree
WR -- Randy Moss
Slot -- Mario Manningham
(Kyle Williams and Joe Hastings are also on the roster. The 49ers will continue to look for depth in free agency and the draft.)TE -- Vernon Davis
(Delanie Walker remains with a vital role as the No. 2 tight end.)LT -- Joe Staley
LG -- Mike Iupati
C -- Jonathan Goodwin
RG -- Daniel Kilgore
RT -- Anthony Davis
(Alex Boone is the top backup swing tackle; free agents Geoff Schwartz and Leonard Davis have visited, as the 49ers look to add to the competition at right guard; at backup center Chase Beeler and Mike Person are possibilities.)DEFENSE
LDE -- Ray McDonald
NT -- Isaac Sopoaga
RDE -- Justin Smith
(Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs and Ian Williams are the backups here.)LOLB -- Ahmad Brooks
ILB -- Patrick Willis
ILB -- NaVorro Bowman
ROLB -- Aldon Smith
(Smith is slated to take over for Parys Haralson as a starter; Tavares Gooden is the backup on the inside with Larry Grant's status as a restricted fee agent yet to be determined.)LCB -- Carlos Rogers
RCB -- Tarell Brown
Third CB -- Chris Culliver
(Tramaine Brock will fight for a backup role, along with Curtis Holcomb and Perrish Cox; the 49ers gave veteran Shawntae Spencer permission to seek a trade, and his status has yet to be resolved Spencer was released last week, and he signed with the Raiders.)
FS -- Dashon Goldson
SS -- Donte Whitner
(C.J. Spillman is signed to spearhead special teams while also filling role as a backup)SPECIALISTS
PR -- Kyle Williams
(Ted Ginn remains unsigned, so this is an area that the 49ers must address.)
KR -- Kendall Hunter
K -- David Akers
P -- Andy Lee
LS -- Brian Jennings

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