Antoine Bethea is set to start for the 49ers this season at strong safety with Eric Reid entrenched at free safety. But the former doesn't know who their secondary mates will be and he's expecting quite a battle. The team has no rookies at that position, but 2014 draftees Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser could be factors. Bethea says the competition has already begun. "We've had a short minicamp and everybody's learning, so there are really no position, but when training camp comes, there's going to be a lot of competition, a lot of good competition," he told NFL.com. I'm excited to see it."
The 49ers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.Among those moves was the placement of cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on the injured reserve list.San Francisco cut the following players: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, G Adam Snyder, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Raymond Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston.
The 49ers signed sixth-round cornerback Kenneth Acker, who had six interceptions over the past two seasons at SMU.
With the 180th pick in the draft, the 49ers selected defensive back Kenneth Acker out of Southern Methodist. Acker played four years for SMU, racking up 159 tackles and six interceptions, with three coming in each of his final two seasons.