With the fourth preseason game little more than a dress rehearsal, the San Francisco 49ers have most of the data they’ll need to make their cuts. With teams required to cut down to 75 players by the end of the day on Tuesday and to 53 on August 30, the end of the line is coming quickly for a lot of players at the bottom of the roster.
Some players have earned a reprieve from those cuts, however, thanks to exemplary play in the preseason games. Some of them have been surprises—unhearalded players turning in above-average results against inferior competition. Some have been expected—highly touted rookies looking like the real deal as they work their way into the starting lineup.
We’re just looking at play in the three preseason games here. While some players have gotten rave reviews from coaches and reporters from their performances in practice, there’s nothing quite like game time to show who’s for real and who’s not.
Here are five of the top performers and groups so far in the preseason, from all over the depth chart: