The Depth Chart
October 31 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Unlike in years past, the 49ers have been able to demonstrate an unbelievable amount of depth on their roster. For better or for worse, Iím not sure, but I guess itís good to know the depth is there. In years past, the 49ers managed to minimize injuries to a far greater extent than they have this year. For whatever reason, possibly dumb luck, the 49ers have been plagued with injuries since mini-camps.
The result of so many injuries has been opportunities for players like Ronnie Heard, Jeff Ulbrich, Kevan Barlow, Tai Streets, Jamal Robertson, among others who may not have had the opportunity to showcase their talents if not for injuries. Players like Tai Streets in particular have made a strong case for winning a starting spot on the roster.
In past years the 49ers didnít have this type of depth, even if they needed it. Had a select few players been injured it would have ended the 49ers season last year. What the team is learning, is that through a system of plug and play, they can keep the momentum going, because of their depth, and continue down a path started by their starting roster.