Now that we've had a few roster moves and the first pre-season game of 2010, I'm making slight changes to my projected 53-man roster. The obvious one being replacing Glen Coffee with Brian Westbrook as the second RB on the roster...but still...I stopped at 52 men because of something I thought of. Check out the roster below, then after the jump I'll make a few cases for the 53rd man.
Many have suggested the 49ers will only keep four CB's and use a safety as the Nickel back. I was hesitant at first to follow along with this theory, but Reggie Smith did in fact sub-in a lot in Nickel both in practice as well as the game against the Colts last Sunday.
I have Paymah making the team because I watched the guy play and he's a few things that I like and I think the coaches will too: He's pretty fast, and he plays big and physical. He even looked bigger than I expected not to mention he was mixing it up, getting into the pile, etc. He also plays special teams which is a big plus for that fourth CB.
I suppose the easy choice for 53rd man would be a third TE. I'm still not sold on this idea though, especially with two FB's and three RB's. Maybe this will happen...maybe not.
One could also argue against Curtis Taylor making the squad as the 5th safety, but I think if you're going to use three safeties regularly on defense and the fourth on special teams as well as serving as the backup...you want a fifth guy. Maybe I'm wrong though.
The potential player for the 53rd spot could also be a fifth CB...but not so much because he's needed there immediately. Let me explain further:
So far I was not impressed by Ted Ginn in the return game. Even on kickoffs, his specialty from last season, he looked like he went down easily and didn't find a seam. Kyle Williams looked great in my opinion and should be the favorite to be BOTH the KR and the PR.
Still, Williams brings a lot to the table on offense and so maybe we don't want him playing so much in the return game. I'd like him to be the punt returner and the backup kick returner. So if I don't like Ginn and I want to keep Williams fresh and healthy for some work in the slot...who could be the kick returner?
Re-enter LeRoy Vann.
I know, he's a cult hero, LRVWOF...yadda yadda. The kid has a great attitude and we know he has skills, they just need to be honed. He didn't drop any punts in training camp, that was all early-on in OTA's. He's put in extra time and is a confident kid with a good approach to life and the game of football. Personally I think that kind of guy is good for a football team.
Talk amongst yourselves.