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10 Locker Room Observations: Sept. 2

Posted Sep 2, 2014

Including outside linebacker Dan Skuta's new spot on the depth chart, plus Skuta and teammates welcoming a friendly face back into the fold.

The San Francisco 49ers opened their Levi's® Stadium locker room doors on Tuesday afternoon. Here's what we came away with...


1. Right guard Alex Boone, who returned to the team after passing his physical on Monday, looked to be in excellent shape and happy to locker between center Daniel Kilgore and right tackle Anthony Davis. Boone was all smiles.

2. We asked defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie, a DeSoto, Texas native, where 49ers fans should eat in Dallas. "Anywhere downtown," he said. "There a lot of nice restaurants. When I go back now, I stay a little further out of Dallas." Sounds like home cooking.

3. Aaron Lynch, who has drawn comparisons to Aldon Smith because of the players' position and size, was sporting a white, number 99 scout-team jersey. As a rookie reserve, he'll be counted upon, at least early on, to give the 49ers first-team offense a "look" of the next opponent.

4. Many players are sporting new numbers. We'll have an updated roster for as soon as possible. In the interim, here are how 18 49ers chose their digits.

5. Rookie cornerback Kenneth Acker, who was placed on the Injured Reserve List over the weekend, told Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee that he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot.

6. When wide receiver Kassim Osgood, who was re-signed to the team before practice, entered the locker room, he was met with a "Yes!" and a high-five from tight end Vance McDonald. Later, outside linebacker Dan Skuta was sitting inside Brandon Lloyd's locker so that he could sit next to Osgood and catch up with his special teams 'mate.

7. Osgood on rookie safety James McCray, who will be helping out on special teams: “He’s got all the raw tools, all the power and speed. As long as he knows what he’s doing and works on some tools, he’s going to be great out there."

8. Skuta was listed as a starter on the 49ers first unofficial depth chart of the season. Also on the depth chart: Rookie wideout Bruce Ellington was listed ahead of reserve running back LaMichael James at punt and kick returner, though that could be because James was recovering from an elbow injury.

9. Rookie linebacker Chris Borland said he was bummed about his alma mater's defeat on Saturday. Wisconsin fell to Eric Reid's LSU, 28-24.

10. The locker room stalls are now grouped by position, with practice squad members lining the middle of the room. Interesting and fitting that linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are side by side as they were in the team's former locker room.

–Reporting from Scott Kegley, Taylor Price, Tyler Emerick and Andrew Pentis


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