The 49ers are thankful to know right now after learning that a frightening hit that left linebacker Donavin Newsom unconscious and unmoving did not include any fractures to his spine. Depth charts are never more fluid than before the exhibition season, but teams have to put them out, if for no other reason to let guys know as early as possible that they are about to be cut! Quarterback: Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens. Analysis: Hoyer is entrenched as the starter, but Barkley needs a solid exhibition showing to outlast Beathard, who’s split second-team reps. Left defensive end: Arik Armstead, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Ronald Blair. Analysis: Yes, Lynch is a third-string option, but Armstead is clearly poised as their top “Leo” pass rusher, and Dumervil has the 99-sack credentials. Remember when there was worry as to whether Arik Armstead would be fit for the Leo role? He owns it. These matters and more on this Aug.8 Red & Gold Radio
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