I still can't keep straight exactly what the rules on the PUP and IR lists are (I think they just changed again, didn't they?), but here is my best attempt. I'm really looking forward to Thursday night's game; it should tell us a lot.
I'm only trying to project the week 1 roster. Obviously, things will change as red-shirted rookies learn the system better and injuries occur.
FB: Bruce Miller/Anthony Dixon
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Jonathon Goodwin/Daniel Kilgore
RT: Anthony Davis
DT: Ray McDonald/DeMarcus Dobbs
ILB: Navorro Bowman/Michael Wilhoite
ILB: Patrick Willis
CB: Tarrell Brown/Nnamdi Asomugha
FS: CJ Spillman/Eric Reid
K: Phil Dawson
P: Andy Lee
LS: Brian Jennings
(RETURNER: LaMichael James)
QB: Scott Tolzien
G: Adam Snyder
LB: Corey Lemonier
PRACTICE SQUAD 8:
QB: BJ Daniels
RB: Jewel Hampton
WR: Chad Hall
TE: MarQueis Gray
DL: Lawrence Okoye
LB: Nick Moody
CB: Marcus Cooper
INACTIVE (whether IR or PUP):
RB: Marcus Lattimore
FB: Alex Debniak
T: Luke Marquadt
DL: Cornelius Carradine/Quinton Dial
LB: Darius Fleming
So, yes, this means that I think Lockette is gone if he can't beat out Marlon Moore for a spot. I think Jenkins and Patton are both going to make it, even if they aren't active at first. Jenkins has to show up or he is gone by this time next year, first round pick or not...
I think Michael Thomas could beat someone out at safety. I'm really not sure about Ventrone or McBath making it; I think that that will depend on ST needs and who shows up for Seely...
I think that if BJ Daniels shows ANYTHING special in the preseason, then Tolzien will be gone and the 49ers will either move someone else to the PS or inactive 7 and call up Daniels if necessary (maybe keeping Cam Johnson or Nate Stupar instead)...
Chad Hall is going to be a close call; I think he might even make the 53 if he shows up...
I know that there are a lot who think otherwise out there, but I really think that Snyder AND Dahl both make the roster...
I think that they only carry three active ILBs, mainly because Skuta could play inside or out in a pinch...
What is the team going to do when Manningham is ready to come back? When Carradine/Dial are ready to go? Who gets the ax?