NFL Cuts: 53 San Francisco 49ers Worth Keeping
Okay, here we go.
The rosters will be chopped down to the magic number (53) by 1pm Sept 4. I'm not expecting too many big surprises, but my roster list travels a little off the map here.
Much of my ridiculous forecast is based on where it seems like it would be smart to proceed with the roster additions and subtractions.
It's a little outside the box, but not too far off the deep end. Agree or disagree, enjoy this visual roster prediction.
This is probably the biggest no-brainer while creating a 53-man roster here. If Alex was on his way out, we would have noticed by now.
David Carr was brought in to do exactly what he's doing. And he'll do it all season unless Smith gets busted.
Nate Davis will not touch the football this year, baring a catastrophe.
Correction: this is the biggest no-brainer on the roster. Frank is the heart and soul of the 49ers offense.
I'm giving Westbrook the seniority here, as his veteran status simply outranks the rest of the running back corp.
There's no way the 49ers cut Dixon after the pre-season he's been having. He's the team's future at running back, even if Gore is the present.
Behind every great running back out of a power-I formation is a great Fullback. Actually, Scratch that. In front of every great running back out of a Power-I formation is a great fullback.
Norris is pretty dang good; Frank makes him even better.
Like so many other 49ers: he's young, talented and has stratospheric expectations to live up to.
The Knock on Morgan has been his inconsistency. There are some games where he just can't be found. Other times, he's a standout. Morgan's best contibution, however, is the 220-pound receiver's ability to block on running plays.
10—WR3—Ted Ginn Jr.
The speed the 49ers craved last year showed up this off-season in the form of Ted Ginn Jr.
Camps best surprise (IMO) was probably this tall skinny fellow—with a big, fat heart.
He's small, and now I worry delicate. Nevertheless, there are still some big expectations from the rookie. After all, he's a prototype slot receiver.
78 catches, 965 yards, 13 touchdowns. Need anybody say more?
Walker is more of a speedy, receiving tight end, but block just fine as well.
More of a bruising blocker than Walker, Byham can still hurt a defense receiving if they forget about him.
The best, most experienced guy on the line, Joe is holding the left tackle spot until injured (Knock wood) or supplanted.
Baas, last year's Bob McKittrick award recipient, will start the season at center until Eric Heitmann returns. He will then be their backup center and guard.
This big rookie is getting plugged directly into the line. Agile, hostile, mobile, he's a big asset.
Out the first couple weeks with a broken leg bone, Heitmann needs to come back strong when he returns.
Rachal, a second round pick in 2008, is coming along nicely. Starting all but one game last year, he provides some experience next to Rookie Anthony Davis.
The second big, bad, first-round pick will also start; not bad for a 20-year-old.
22—OL7(T2,G2) Adam Snyder
Snyder has made a start at every position except center. He's a versatile and valuable backup.
Simms returns to the 49ers this year as their oldest lineman. At 35 years-old, he'll be doing a lot of mentoring, but can also step in wherever needed. Simms filled in for Joe Staley for seven games in 2009, and did a good job.
Heitmann's out, making Wragge the backup center while Baas fills in.
The franchise nose guard is back.
A staple of the defense, Smith is ready for another good season; he knows no other kind.
Fairly versatile big man on defense, Sopoaga is a brick to move.
28—DL4(NT2)—Ricky Jean Francois
He's small and young, but can be effective.
Yet another good talent on the defensive line.
Adequate on the pass rush, Evans can work against the run too.
You've never heard of Patrick Willis? That means you live under a rock.
Aging like fine wine, Spikes returns for his 13th year.
Lawson was a mild concern as an OTA holdout, but he did add 25 pounds of muscle during the off season.
Many see him as a starter—if he can stay healthy.
Coming off a lacerated kidney, Brooks looks to reignite the sack fire he started last year.
The young man can play, and he will.
Haralson still needs to come out of his shell, but he's getting there.
Adds depth as s special teams standout more than anything.
Expensive, and he's no Revis, but he plays.
Might actually be the best corner on the team.
Welcome to San Francisco, young man.
More youth speed, and skill.
Finally a recent picture of Adams. Welcome to the NFL, rookie.
Best safety on the team.
Pretty intense: right for the position.
Apparently, they do still make players like Taylor mays.
Just another young, talented defensive back.
Gotta have a kicker.
Lee is a Pro-Bowl punter.
Somebody has to snap it.
3 Spots Left...
This is where it gets tricky...
No question this guy's name comes up every time the chopping block is mentioned; his running does not impress anybody. Blocking and tackling on special teams, however, save his place here.
I think Miller get a shot from the get go this year. He does well on special teams as well, as he converted to fullback from linebacker.
When the press mentions cutting Boone, they include the likelihood that he'll be claimed off waivers by another team before the 49ers can get him to the practice squad. Keeping him aviods this mess.
Obviously this isn't official. Some spots (especially the last three here) leave the door open for debate and controversy. Actual rosters are revealed Saturday.
Until then, um... Go 49ers!