Making the Roster: Running Backs


Come September we will have to trim the rosters to 53 players. Their will be easy choices, and some difficult ones. One difficult one could be at the fullback position.

The team is likely to keep 4 half backs, but the real question is who will they keep at fullback, or will they go with 2 players?

Make the jump to see which players I think will be making the roster.

FB Jehuu Caulcrick: No 2009 stats

The ex-Spartan is the best natural runner of the group of fullbacks, but is not the best blocker. I would have to say as of right now, he is 3rd on the depth chart. He had a rush last week, and got 4 yards. While fighting to make the practice squad, all he can do is go out everyday and make the most of his chances.

RB Anthony Dixon: Rookie -- No 2009 stats

Dixon is this years Glen Coffee, now lets hope the outcome is a little different. He had 100 yards on 21 attempts last week. He had some very nice runs, and airlifted a defender with a nasty stiff arm, which you can see here, while going in for a touchdown. Big things are expected out of the 6th-round rookie. But he won't get a chance to show them as he will be the 3rd running back behind Gore and Westbrook.

RB Frank Gore: 229 carries, 1120 yards, 4.9 avg, 10 tds

Gore is the man again. He's been the workhorse the last couple years and the team will try to give him some help with newly acquired Brian Westbrook backing him up. His carries will be lowered, so don't expect 1,300 yards this year, even with a better offensive line. They will try to keep him healthy for the playoffs this year. Expect another 1,000 yard season and about 7 or 8 touchdowns.

FB Brit Miller: No 2009 stats

Ever since Miller scored 2 touchdowns in a preseason game last year, he has become one of those backup players that fans are obsessed over. I am not one of those fans. Miller is a converted linebacker who spent most of last season on the practice squad. He is a good blocket. Miller is also a good special teams player, which increases his chance at the roster, and with the fact that Scott McKillop is out for the season, he has an even better chance. People are calling for him to be named the starting fullback , I completely disagree with them. He is an intriguing prospect, and so while I think his has a good chance at making the roster, I think it would be a better idea of stashing him on the practice squad.

FB Moran Norris: 14 carries, 41 yards, 2.9 avg, 1 td

The starting fullback battle is one to watch, while Norris is likely to be the starter, he is being pushed by fan-favorite Miller. Norris didn't do a great job last year, but he knows this system and Frank loves him. This will likely be his last year with the team.

RB Michael Robinson: 3 carries, 2 yards, 0.7 avg, 0 tds

Some people are calling for Robinson to be released, saying he provides nothing to the offense, and is not a good runner. While I agree with that, Robinson will make the team because of his great special teams play. He is one of our captains, and with a new special teams coordinator, it makes his chances even greater. He had a fumble on the first play from scrimmage last week, but also had a touchdown.

RB Brian Westbrook(PHI): 61 carries, 274 yards, 4.5 avg, 1 td

Westbrook signed with the team last Sunday night. He will be frank Gore's backup this season. Westbrook is a great all-around back. he blocks well, runs good, and is a very good receiver. A great 3rd-down back. He will give Gore some much needed time off later in the season.


We know for a fact that Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook, Anthony Dixon and Michael Robinson will all make the team. I'd give a 90% chance Moran Norris will be the starter again. Brit Miller could make the team as the starter, but that's a huge long shot. Expect him on the team though, whether it's as the backup fullback or on the practice squad. In my opinion, I would keep Norris over Miller, but would consider Miller for a spot too because of his special teams play.

I would like to see what you guys think in the comments section.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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