Golden Nuggets: Roster Trimmed to 75, Jason Slowey Biggest Surprise

Hello everyone. Aaron here, filling in for our Ninjames. He'll be back for his normal Nugget duty from here on out. I'll be brief with the chit chat. The big news, as you should all already know, was the roster cut down to 75. There was one minor surprise in that 6th-round draft pick Jason Slowey was among those to get the pink slip. Usually this season's picks are given every opportunity to make the team, and while Slowey was considered a bit of a project coming out of division II football, the coaches must have noticed something and made the call to axe him. He was the only draft pick to get cut.

Other than that...I'm trying out this new format. I've been playing with the idea of grouping the links together based on topic, but I've decided to give them a header and separate them a bit more. As usual, I'll have the videos, audio and podcasts down at the bottom with the big story of the day up at the top. Of course, the beat writers, in their 'notes / notebook', or whatever they might call it, have multiple topics and general recaps of all the news so I'll throw that in with whatever their headline is about. I'm up to suggestions and compliments (I think it's easier to sift through) and hate mail, if necessary, so if you want something else done, I'll see if I can accommodate. Links away...

ROSTER CUTS

Jason Slowey was probably the biggest surprise from the day's cuts. Generally, this season's draft picks will make it to the final cut, just to give them the chance, but Slowey had trouble adjusting to the speed of the pro game and is unlikely to make the practice squad after being cut so early. | OL Slowey among 12 players waived. (CBS Sports)

BASG has notes on the state of the 49ers roster. He has Perrish Cox as the no. 4 CB over Tramaine Brock. No. 3 QB is still too close to call in his opinion. I agree. | Cox looks like No. 4 CB; as for No. 3 QB, who knows... (BASG)

Mike Sando has done the math and tells us how many guys we have at each position after the recent cuts as well as how many people we had at each position to start 2011. | Where 49ers stand after cuts to 75. (Sando)

Cam Inman has the same story as everyone else....or does he? What separates his story from the rest is that he's got some dates for future cuts included. | 49ers make a dozen cuts, roster down to 75. (Inman)

Christian Gin has his take on the day's cuts as well as the full 75-man roster. | Sixth-round draft pick Jason Slowey waived as 49ers trim roster down to 75. (Gin)

Tre Faaborg gives us his projection as to who will make the final roster. He's got Scott Tolzien as the no. 3 QB. There's still a bit more time before they have to decide but we'll have to hold him to this. | 49ers late August 53-man roster projection. (Bay Area SB Nation)

49ers make cuts to 75-player limit. (Maiocco)

Jason Slowey, Joe Hastings, Kourtnei Brown among first wave of 49ers cuts. (Barrows)

49ers looking for better D at first cut down. (Scout.com)

PRESEASON GAME 3: DENVER BRONCOS

Health will be crucial for the defense, Colin Kaepernick is definitely the no. 2 QB (despite some camp noise to the contrary) and the secondary is still a problem. These are some of the Five things you will learn if you click the link. | Five things we learned in the 49ers third preseason game vs Denver Broncos. (Gin)

So, we were without some of our starters on defense and we did not prepare as much as you would during the regular season for what an offense might try to do. Other than that, Vic Fangio is making no excuses for the D's poor play on the weekend. No excuses from defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for defense's poor play. (CBS Sports)

So here's another story about the state of the 49ers defense, and in case you were wondering if this is all airy, fairy, falsity, Matt Maiocco has got some facts here. There is a list of the drives against the first team D and it isn't pretty, folks. I hate the preseason. Nothing gives out unnecessary heart palpitations like exhibition football. | Fangio: Great learning experience for 49ers defense. (Maiocco)

Fangio calls lapse vs Broncos 'learning experience.' (Bay Area SB Nation)

ASSORTED NEWS

Who better to judge how and why Alex Smith has become successful than an ex-coach. Mike Martz has stated that stability has been the key, after having been through a new OC in every season of his career before this year. Oddly enough, Martz was one of the reasons for his lack of stability, but.... | Martz: Stabilization has led to Alex Smith's success. (Maiocco)

BASG tried to predict both the 49ers and Raiders offensive starters and their worth in fantasy football based on what he's seen so far in the preseason and what we already know. Who cares about the Raiders, but on the Niners side of things he's got Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree as the starting WRs. | Fantasy football: Projecting 49ers' and Raiders' starters. (BASG)

Here's a quick update on the 49ers most pressing injuries, and I mean quick. This recap is about as long as the article. | Injury report. (Cohn)

Ted Ginn Jr.'s injury could vault Kyle Williams into return role - again. (Inman)

Fangio vows 49ers will improve in time for opener vs Green Bay. (Mercury News)

PRESEASON GAME 4: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Defense embraces short turnaround. (49ers.com)

Final tune-up provides opportunities. (49ers.com)

VIDEOS / ASSORTED MEDIA

Video: Joe Montana's thoughts on Alex Smith. (Sando)

Press Pass: Vic Fangio. (49ers.com)

Grant Cohn has the transcript from the Vic Fangio media session. He discusses some of the problems from yesterday's game as well as the cuts. Also addressed are how much the starters might play next week. He's just as effusive as Coach Harbaugh. | Fangio on Tramaine Brock's performance against Broncos: "He's played better." (Cohn)

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