The preseason is over!
The NFL is ready to kick off the season, beginning this Wednesday, when the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants host NFC East division rival Dallas Cowboys. The regular season is at our doorstep.
Concluding this holiday weekend, the 49ers have finalized their roster as they prepare for Week 1.
The Niners had locked down the majority of their position groups, but depth needed to be established this offseason. With a high level of talent occupying the grounds in Santa Clara, Jim Harbaugh's implementation of Darwinism was certainly in play.
Naturally, there were some difficult decisions that needed to be made. There were players who shined bright that still could not earn a roster spot. The flashes of potential from players like Josh Johnson, Eric Bakhtiari and Nathan Palmer went unrewarded.
Not everyone's needs can be met in a harsh NFL offseason. But regardless, the 49ers are certain this is the best 53-man squad going forward.
For a complete grading assessment of the 49ers' final 53-man roster, continue through the following slideshow.