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J.T. O'Sullivan is leading the first-team offense in this morning's walk through, a clear indication he will start his second straight preseason game on Saturday. At wide receiver, look for Isaac Bruce and rookie Josh Morgan to start. The question is whether that could be the starting comination on opening day. Morgan has gotten a lot of throws from all three quarterbacks, most recently O'Sullivan. Meanwhile, the guy who is presumably ahead of Morgan on the depth chart, Bryant Johnson, got hurt just as O'Sullivan was taking control of the quarterback competition.

Asked Tuesday about Morgan's chances of starting, Mike Nolan said this:

"Could? Sure. It would be one thing if the people he's competing with at that position were established because, for example, Bryant Johnson, who is a very good player, we want to see Bryant on the field playing. I think he did a hell of a job in mini-camp and in the OTAs, but at the same time, if he's not out there performing it's difficult to get ready for the first game. He's got to back on the field. Otherwise, he's still an unknown commodity when it comes to game time. Obviously practices and games are different; it's as close as you can get in practice, but they're different."

-- Matt Barrows

MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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