San Francisco 49ers Cut Down Roster

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2009

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 4: Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers talks on the sidelines during the game with the San Diego Chargers  on September 4, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 26-7.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Saturday was cut day and like every other team, the 49ers trimmed their roster down, including a few cuts which surprised analysts as well as myself.

The overall list was Offensive Tackles Jacob Bender, Alex Boone and Joe Toledo, Center Matt Spanos, Guard Kyle Howard, Wide Receivers Dobson Collins, Maurice Price and Dominique Zeigler, Tight Ends Joe Jon Finley and  Bear Pascoe,  Fullbacks Brit Miller and William Rentmeester,  Running Back Kory Sheets, Cornerbacks Eric Green and Terrail Lambert, Defensive End Pannel Egboh, Defensive Tackle Khalif Mitchell, Linebackers Jay Moore, Justin Roland and  Mark Washington.

A few cuts stood out to me.

First, Kory Sheets was a big surprise especially with the injury to Thomas Clayton and the fact that Michael Robinson working mostly on Special Teams.

Sheets compiled some very nice stats in four games - 177 yards on 39 carries with three touchdowns as well as four catches for 18 yards.

Despite this, Sheets was let go and San Francisco will be rolling along with just two main backs and Michael Robinson. I expect Sheets to be on the practice squad assuming he doesn't get grabbed by someone out.

Clearly he was lacking on some level as Singletary put it bluntly, "He did some nice things, but we wanted to have 53 guys who gave us best opportunity to win."


Bear Pascoe isn't as surprising though I had a lot of hope for him. Pascoe had struggled overall, and what he did was duplicated by others on the roster. Pascoe might also make the P.S.

Coach Mike Singletary told the press that Pascoe had some issues adjusting to the size and speed of his opponents but that he was a 'quality young man'. I think being on the practice squad might be a good thing for him and allow him the time to make those adjustments.

What might be more surprising about Pascoe's departure is that the team didn't keep Finley either. This leaves just Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker as the only Tight Ends on the roster a bit of a surprise.

A guy who survived cuts is Wide Receiver Jason Hill. Hill has made it very clear he felt underutilized this preseason and felt he could do much more. Whether he will or not remains to be seen, but he'll get his shot.


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