The San Francisco 49ers are fairly well set with their starting lineup on both sides of the football. However, there are plenty of reserve spots up for grabs.
The 49ers' upcoming preseason game on Saturday against the Oakland Raiders will have many men playing for their NFL survival. The rosters will need to be cut down to 75 players following this weekend's slate of games.
The 49ers currently have 88 players on their roster, plus two on the Physically Unable to Perform List, Michael Crabtree and Dominique Zeigler. Not counting Crabtree and Zeigler, that means 13 players will need to be trimmed off the roster on August 30.
The real tough decision actually occurs on September 3, when teams must get down to their 53 man roster, in preparation to start the season. This means an additional 22 players will need to be released.
A team like the 49ers will be watching the waiver wire closely and may look to pick up a player or two if they feel that an individual is an upgrade over people on their current roster.
The Niners definitely need to improve their depth. Finding decent players that were cut from other teams but could fit in well in San Francisco will be a key focus for GM Trent Baalke, as the season approaches.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers' coaching staff, along with Baalke, will have to make some tough decisions. Let's take an advance look at the 49er players on the bubble and who to watch for this Sunday. It will be up to many of these men to stand out and make a positive impact, or they may soon be out of a job.