Fooch's Note: As is already well known, I'm a moron. I had 52 players on this and not 53. I've added in Mike Person as the tentative 53rd player and unfortunately for Tre9er, he will not be in at fullback. Sorry Tre, you've just been cut.
Now halfway through the team's preseason schedule and in light of Monday's trade of Taylor Mays to the Cincinnati Bengals, now seems as good a time as any to bust out another 53-man roster projection. We have some going in the FanPosts, but I wanted to give my thoughts on how things stand as we approach Saturday's game against the Texans followed by next week's first cutdown date (to an 80-man roster).
We've been able to get an idea of what players are on the coaching staff's radar even with practices starting to get closed to the media. For example, we have an idea of the safeties Vic Fangio likes, although we're not certain how many of those safeties will make the final roster.
As we move towards the final 53-man roster, feel free to check out previous iterations of my projections to have a laugh at how wrong I'll end up being for much of this. Head after the jump to view my latest projection.
QB (3): Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh McCown
FB (1): Bruce Miller,
C (1): Jonathan Goodwin
K (1): David Akers
P (1): Andy Lee
LOS (1): Brian Jennings
Last Four On: Antwan Applewhite, Ted Ginn, C.J. Spillman, Phillip Adams
First Four Off: Moran Norris, DeMarcus Dobbs, Curtis Taylor,
Although Moran Norris gets a lot of crap here, he wasn't definitely one of the final decisions I made to clear room for 53 players. The fact that Bruce Miller was the first fullback to get playing time and the fact that he put together a solid performance makes me more inclined to think the team might be prepared to roll the dice with him.
DeMarcus Dobbs is having a very solid camp, but unfortunately it's a numbers game on the defensive line and he's likely to get squeezed out. I've got my fingers crossed that he'll clear waivers and end up on the 49ers practice squad.
Curtis Taylor still has practice squad eligibility and given the numbers game at safety, I don't see him making the roster.
Mike Person is in a similar position, although not because of injuries (the reason Taylor is still PS-eligible). It sounds like Person has had a solid camp, but not sure it's enough to get a roster spot.