4 San Francisco 49ers Who Didn't Deserve to Be Cut
With NFL teams having to drop from an initial 90-player roster to a final squad of 53, not every player who comes to training camp will suit up on the playing field or sideline in the regular season.
This is not a commentary about the signing process. It's just the way the roster game shakes out.
While many of the cuts are a result of ineffective play or the lack of room at a certain position, there are some players who find themselves unluckily on the outside looking in. While these players won't make the final team, don't be surprised if they land on the practice squad or get picked up by another team.
Here are four players who really didn't deserve to be cut from the San Francisco 49ers.
RB Xavier Omon
Fourth-year running back Xavier Omon, one of the final cuts made by head coach Jim Harbaugh, surprised many with a strong preseason, rushing for 121 yards on 30 attempts.
Despite Omon's play, he unfortunately appeared to be lost in the shuffle behind rookie Kendall Hunter and second-year back Anthony Dixon.
Omon had one of the more heartwarming stories of the preseason, meeting his half brother Ogemdi Nwagbuo, who just so happened to be playing for the neighboring San Diego Chargers. The two met face-to-face for the first time when the teams played in the last week of the preseason.
The Niners did sign him for the practice squad, so it's clear that fans have not seen the last of Omon.
OL Tony Wragge
One of the more versatile players for the offensive line, Tony Wragge was unlucky to be good at positions the team didn't need him at (center and guard). The undrafted free agent signee from New Mexico State had served as a backup in six years with the team.
With the team sliding around Adam Snyder as a possible backup center and Alex Boone as a potential fill-in tackle, Wragge saw his place on the team become expendable.
QB Josh McCown
While I was not crazy about the possibility of journeyman quarterback Josh McCown potentially taking the reins for the Niners in 2011, the addition of a legitimate third quarterback option seemed to be a major concern for a team that may not want to throw in rookie Colin Kaepernick during his rookie year.
That issue, for the time being, will be left on hold.
Until then, the Niners did scoop up rookie Scott Tolzien, the former San Diego Chargers quarterback who played effectively against the Niners last week.
WR Dominique Zeigler
While Braylon Edwards may be thrilled to get to play in a No. 17 jersey again, the Niners may be less well off to lose wide receiver Dominique Zeigler. Though he lacked in raw speed and agility, he had been praised for running solid routes and having good hands.
However, a nasty torn ACL in his left knee ended his season in 2010, and it appeared he hadn't fully regained his form.
Zeigler has been waived by the Niners before, so it may not be too huge of a stretch to possibly see him back on the roster, especially if any of the five current players signed go down with injury.