Yesterday, we looked at some of the San Francisco 49ers who had done a better than expected job in the preseason—players who had increased their odds to make the practice squad, main roster or starting lineup.
However, when a team is 1-2, and two of those losses were blowouts, players not living up to expectations are sure to be at least partly responsible for the squad's poor play. Whether it’s offseason rust from expected starters, rookies failing to live up to the hype or backups showing why they deserve to be released, there have been some performances this preseason that haven’t cut the proverbial mustard.
Some of these players were victims of the cut to 75 players on Tuesday, and more might be going the way of the dodo come the 53-man cuts on Aug. 30. Others are guaranteed a roster spot, but need to pick up the pace once the regular season starts.
Again, we’re just looking at the performance in the three preseason games here—players might look fantastic in practice, but if they can’t bring that onto the field, it’s meaningless.
Here are five of the players and positions that I’ve been less than impressed with over the first three preseason games.