Not that there was much suspense, but the battle for starting free safety is over. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said on Tuesday rookie Eric Reid has won the job and will start week one against the Green Bay Packers. Reid will have some big shoes to fill as he replaces the departed pro bowler Dashon Goldson.
“He’s had his potholes in there where he’s had some mistakes,” Fangio said. “Overall, he’s just been steady. He’s grown in the position, which has allowed his ability to come through more and more. He’s tackled well in the games, which is important to us. We lost a really good tackler last year in Goldson. We think Reid will continue to improve as the season goes on.”
The 49ers placed eight players on various injured lists in order to get their roster down to the mandated 75 by Tuesday.
The team placed rookies Marcus Lattimore (knee), Tank Carradine (knee), Luke Marquardt (foot), and Quinton Dial (toe) on the reserve/non-football injury list. Cornerback Eric Wright, who finally reported to the team on Tuesday, was also placed on the list.
Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham were placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and are eligible to come off after week six. The 49ers hope Manningham will be ready by then but Crabtree will be out until November at the earliest.
There won’t be any such luck with cornerback Chris Culliver as he was place on injured reserve and is ineligible to return this season. He is recovering from a torn ACL.
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