The San Francisco 49ers are set for training camp to begin at the end of the month. But before the team can defend its NFC West division crown this upcoming season, let’s take a look at the depth of each position group on the roster as they prepare for camp. Quarterbacks are up first.
Kaepernick enters training camp as Smith’s backup, but Harbaugh has noted that all four of his quarterbacks are capable of playing in the league. Tolzien, claimed by the 49ers at the end of roster cuts last season, did not dress for any games as a rookie. Both second-year quarterbacks have gained confidence throughout the offseason from the multiple reps Harbaugh and Roman allow their quarterbacks in practice. Johnson, an Oakland native and former Harbaugh pupil at the University of San Diego, returns to the Bay Area after four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This coming season the 49ers will face seven defensive backs who appeared in the 2012 Pro Bowl. The list includes: New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson.
“There’s no question, every day it’s getting better. And every day there’s always going to be a play here and a play there where it’s not what you want. But now it’s another opportunity to coach off that and the players to learn from it. And what we’re seeing is improvement everywhere. Alex, all the quarterbacks, just the cohesion. We always talk about getting to the spot in the passing game. And guys are getting to the spot at a much higher percentage. And it’s tangible, it’s quantifiable, it’s real.”
-Offensive coordinator Greg Roman on the ongoing strides of the 49ers passing game.