6 Biggest Takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers' OTAs

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6 Biggest Takeaways from the San Francisco 49ers' OTAs
Associated Press
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh continues to evaluate his team in OTAs.

For the San Francisco 49ers, organized team activities (OTAs) may be little more than a formality.

Or are they?

On one hand, San Francisco's incumbent roster is loaded with plenty of elite talent, again proving to us that the 49ers should have no problem entering the 2014 season as one of the favorites to compete for Super Bowl XLIX.

It is fairly easy to predict just how the 49ers' depth chart will fall into place after OTAs and entering the preseason, especially with the starters. We can accurately gauge the majority of first-team players who should take the field come Week 1 of the regular season.

Yet OTAs provide more than just the means to get the 90-man roster into shape heading towards training camp and the preseason.

While there are relatively few questions surrounding the starting roster, the added depth that helps compose the remainder of the team is yet to be determined. Additionally, OTAs provide the opportunity for rookies, role players and other teammates on the fringe of making the final roster to show their skill and development.

Injuries—to which the 49ers are no strangers—also open the door for players who would otherwise be buried on the depth chart.

To quote David Fucillo of Niners Nation:

OTAs provide a chance for players to show where they stand with the coaches, but as fans, I think the most useful information we can glean relates to the depth chart. Even that is not completely on the mark, but we can at least start to infer a few things. And that is the case to some extent with the 49ers. The team is missing players due to injuries, but the players bumped up because of that are interesting to consider.

Additionally, we can catch a glimpse at how some of the many stars on this roster are shaping up as they prepare for the team's 2014 campaign.

In this slideshow, let us take a look at the six most significant things we have noticed at the 49ers' OTAs thus far. There have been some risers and fallers—performances of which shall have a direct effect on how the team shapes up in the weeks and months that follow.

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