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Predicting the San Francisco 49ers 53-Man Roster After Three Preseason Games
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Two gentlemen who are not on the 49ers roster bubble.

The interminably long preseason is almost behind us, with just one more hellish exhibition to go on Thursday at the stadium that time forgot, Candlestick Park. It will be against what promises to be a thoroughly uninspiring collection of San Diego Chargers third and fourth-stringers.

Your 49ers didn't give the best account of themselves in the supposed "dress rehearsal" game at Denver this past Sunday, as Peyton Manning ripped apart their secondary by completing 10-of-12 passes for 122 yards and two easy scores to Eric Decker in just over a quarter of work.

Once Manning proved that he can still shred vanilla defensive schemes, he got the rest of the afternoon off and the 49ers reserves schooled their hopeless Broncos counterparts, with David Akers kicking somewhere between four and 148 successful field goals before I lost count. 

Aldon Smith, the 49ers' best pass rusher, sat the game out, and the team was also without NaVorro Bowman, Mario Manningham, Delanie Walker, Brandon Jacobs, while many others played a scant few snaps.

Coach Jim Harbaugh, as is his custom, played it close to the vest and the Niners didn't air it out much at all. If the team treated this preseason game with any more seriousness than the past two, there was precious little evidence of it. 

With a deep and talented roster at many positions, the 49ers didn't look like a club with many openings for unheralded camp invitees, and it's difficult to conclude that much has changed this past month. We may have a roster surprise or two, but there won't be many. 

Here's one man's guess at the 53-man roster going into the season opener, plus the practice squad. 

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