The 49ers made a few roster moves today, the most prominent of which was activating wide receiver Dominique Zeigler from the physically unable to perform list. Zeigler was added to the PUP list on July 28 while he continued rehabbing from his 2010 ACL injury. The team also signed punter Sam Paulescu and waived QB Jeremiah Masoli and K Fabrizio Scaccia.
Zeigler is in a tough position because he's three weeks behind the rest of the wide receivers in terms of practice reps. He's got some veteran experience, but he has a lot of work to do given the lengthy wide receiver depth chart. He's got two weeks of practice and two games to make an impact, so we'll be keeping a close eye on him. Is there enough time for him to force his way onto the 53-man roster?
The Paulesco move makes perfect sense. My boy Andy Lee took a nasty spill on Saturday after the botched field goal attempt. After what appeared to be a rare mishandling of a snap, Lee had to fire off a pass and as he passed the ball he fell backwards and took a tough hit. At first I thought the Raiders had manhandled him, but on second viewing, it looked like it had as much to do with his backward momentum.
I will say that some Raiders fans were talking smack about the play and little did they know that the world's biggest Andy Lee fan was sitting in front of them. I didn't say anything because they actually thought it was Akers who got hurt and they were saying something about how the 49ers only free agent signing just got hurt. At that point I could only shake my head at how moronic they sounded.
And Masoli getting waived? I'd argue this shows the 49ers have more interest in potentially keeping McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the practice squad. I could be wrong, but maybe they keep McBLT in camp to get a last few looks at him before it comes time to clear the decks.