3. Breakout Camp Players
Over the last few seasons, the 49ers have been savvy enough to add depth to the roster. Alex Boone won the right guard spot in camp last season and never looked back. Besides him, there haven’t been too many camp battles in Santa Clara. Here are a few guys who might turn a few heads in training camp and earn a little more playing time when the regular season roles around:
Glenn Dorsey: With Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial expected to miss the start of camp with their respective knee and toe injuries, Dorsey has a chance to get a leg up on his teammates for a chance to play on the line. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will concentrate on starting fresh with Dorsey after he left Kansas City as a bust.
Vance McDonald: Vernon Davis took some snaps at wide receiver in OTAs, and with his versatility, can play all over Greg Roman’s offensive formation. That means McDonald may be asked to do some blocking for the Niners. Although he wasn’t asked to block much at Rice, his 6-foot-4, 267-pound frame and long arms will lend well to run-blocking. With a good camp, McDonald could see the most snaps of any rookie outside Eric Reid in the 2013 season.
Joe Looney/Daniel Kilgore: This pair of guards was drafted in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012. Each competed for the right guard in 2012, but lost out to Alex Boone in the end. However, Jonathan Goodwin turns 35 this season and is in the last year of his deal. Whoever steps up in training camp could see time as a backup guard and center during the regular season.