49ers TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Here is a look at the 49ers' roster, position-by-position heading into training camp, with all players set to report Wednesday and the first full practice scheduled for Thursday. (Projected starters indicated with an asterisk):
This will be Kaepernick's first camp as the starting quarterback, and his ability to pass and run offers the greatest potential since Steve Young 15 years ago. Unlike last season, depth is a big issue. McCoy, formerly of the Browns, is poised to secure the No. 2 spot.
Gore is determined to plow through the NFL's proverbial ceiling now that he's turned 30. It'll be interesting to see how Hunter is eased into action on his repaired Achilles, or how much more work James gets.
Crabtree (Achilles) is likely shelved most of the season, and the 49ers' can only hope Williams and Manningham are nearly recovered from ACL tears. Jenkins' consistency, Lockette's route running and Patton's potential will be scrutinized.
Davis needs to re-establish himself as a go-to target, while McDonald, a second-round pick, must help the 49ers forget Delanie Walker's exit to the Titans.
Goodwin's third season with the 49ers could be the last, so they'll search for an heir apparent, possibly in guards Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney.
Iupati and Boone excelled while starting every game last season. Snyder returns after a year sojourn with the Cardinals.
With Staley and Davis entrenched as the line's bookends for years to come, finding a swing tackle off the bench is a priority.
Williams landed a new contract in the offseason to affirm the 49ers' belief in him. But it's a part-time role in a defense that often demands extra pass rushers.
If the 49ers want to get Smith and McDonald more rest, they'll have plenty of candidates to spell them, although the most intriguing -- Carradine -- didn't practice all offseason because of a 2012 ACL tear.
Who backs up the NFL's best inside-linebacker tandem could be determined by who can best help on special teams.
Smith is eying the league's sack title after his 191/2-sack season. Will Brooks be impacted by his alleged attack last month on a teammate? Haralson, who missed 2012 with a torn triceps, leads the effort to add depth.
A concerted effort is under way to upgrade a unit that broke down too often in the playoffs. All of last year's cornerbacks return, but they've been put on notice that Asomugha and Wright could steal their jobs.
Reid was drafted in the first round to partner with Whitner and replace Dashon Goldson. If Reid isn't ready, Dahl is the most experienced alternative.
Jennings is arguably the NFL's best long snapper as he enters his 14th season.
Lee's leg won't get overworked this camp thanks to the recent addition of Schmidt, a UC Davis product.
David Akers' replacement is coming off his first Pro Bowl season and an admirable tenure with the Browns.