49ers vs. Vikings preseason 2013: Bubble watch heading into Week 3

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at the 49ers bubble watch heading into Sunday's preseason Week 3 contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Who is a lock, strong bubble, weak bubble or longshot?

We're back with another edition of 49ers Bubble Watch, and since last week's Bubble Watch, there has been quite a bit of jostling. As things currently stand, I have 36 players listed as locks. I'm sure there are at least one or two with which you will disagree, but based on what we've seen and heard, I feel pretty comfortable with them.

The biggest changes are moving Marlon Moore, Nnamdi Asomugha and Perrish Cox up to lock, and moving B.J. Daniels, MarQueis Gray and Tony Jerod-Eddie from weak bubble to strong bubble.

Marlon Moore has gone out with the first string offense the last two weeks, and come off fairly quickly, like most of the starters. I suppose we could take Harbaugh's flowery words for him with a grain of salt, but nothing indicates he won't make the roster, other than the fact that he is Marlon Moore. Nothing personal against Moore, but I know there are plenty of people wondering, "How is Marlon Moore a starter?" He seems to be impressing, and at this point, it really would be a surprise to see him not make the roster.

I added Nnamdi and Cox to the locks because both have looked great the first two weeks of the preseason. The 49ers other options are Marcus Cooper and Darryl Morris, but at this point, I don't see how Nnamdi and Cox do not make the roster. I'm open to suggestions, but I just don't see it.

I moved MarQueis Gray into the strong bubble because he has shown some flashes thus far. He has turned the competition with Garrett Celek into a serious competition. Gray still could be destined for the practice squad, but he is not going down without a fight.

As for the backup quarterback competition? It's pretty much a cluster-[site decorum] at this point. I imagine some would put Daniels as lock or strong bubble, and the rest as weak bubble, but I have no idea what to do with them for now. Hopefully we see something on Sunday that provides some semblance of clarity.

How do you see the bubble watch?

Locks

QB (1): Colin Kaepernick
RB (4): Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Bruce Miller
WR (4): Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Marlon Moore
TE (2): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald
OT (2): Joe Staley, Anthony Davis
OG (2): Alex Boone, Mike Iupati
C (2): Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore

DT (2): Justin Smith, Ray McDonald
NT (2): Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey
OLB (3): Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Corey Lemonier
ILB (2): Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite
CB (5): Tarell Brown, Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock, Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox
FS (2): Eric Reid, C.J. Spillman
SS (1): Donte Whitner

P (1): Andy Lee
K (1): Phil Dawson

Strong Bubble

QB: Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien, B.J. Daniels, Seneca Wallace
RB: Anthony Dixon
WR: Jon Baldwin, Austin Collie, Kassim Osgood, Chad Hall
TE: Garrett Celek, MarQueis Gray
OG: Adam Snyder, Joe Looney

DT: Demarcus Dobbs, Will Tukuafau, Tony Jerod-Eddie
OLB: Parys Haralson, Dan Skuta
ILB: Nick Moody
FS: Trenton Robinson
SS: Craig Dahl

LOS: Brian Jennings

Weak Bubble

RB: Jewel Hampton, D.J. Harper
WR: Lavelle Hawkins
OT: Kenny Wiggins, Carter Bykowski

OLB: Cam Johnson
CB: Marcus Cooper, Darryl Morris
FS: Michael Thomas, Raymond Ventrone

LS: Kevin McDermott

Longshots

RB: Jason Schepler
WR: Chuck Jacobs
OT: Patrick Omameh
OG: Al Netter, Wayne Tribue

DT: Lawrence Okoye
NT: Lamar Divens, Mike Purcell
ILB: Travis Johnson, Nate Stupar

K: Colton Schmidt

Injuries

PUP: Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham
NFI: Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Marcus Lattimore, Luke Marquardt, Eric Wright
IR/Likely IR: Chris Culliver, Darcel McBath

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