Five days ago, we got training camp started with a projection of the 49ers 53-man roster. Now that the 49ers are through their first break, I thought it might be interesting to take a look back and see if it's worth changing anything. The 49ers have one more day off (Saturday) before making their preseason debut a week from Thursday against the Denver Broncos.
Here once again are the 53 guys I see on the roster, along with the first five off. That means the five just missing out on a roster spot, as opposed to the first five roster cuts, just to be clear.
QB (3): Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels
RB (3): Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James
FB (2): Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
WR (5): Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton, Ricardo Lockette
TE (3): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek
OT (3): Joe Staley, Anthony Davis,
Carter Bykowski Kenny Wiggins
OG (3): Mike Iupati, Alex Boone, Joe Looney
C (2): Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
DE (4): Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Tank Carradine, Demarcus Dobbs
NT (3): Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Quinton Dial
OLB (5): Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Parys Haralson, Corey Lemonier, Dan Skuta
ILB (4): Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody
FS (3): Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, Trenton Robinson
SS (2): Donte Whitner, C.J. Spillman
CB (5): Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver, Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox
K (1): Phil Dawson
P (1): Andy Lee
LOS (1): Brian Jennings
Last Five On: Michael Wilhoite, Demarcus Dobbs, Anthony Dixon, Ricardo Lockette, Kenny Wiggins
First Five Off: Kassim Osgood, Jewel Hampton, Adam Snyder, Will Tukuafu, Cam Johnson
I only made one change on this roster, but there are a lot of players that could prove intriguing heading into next week's preseason opener.
The one change was removing Carter Bykowski, and replacing him with Kenny Wiggins. While the 49ers did invest a late round pick in Bykowski, Wiggins has a little bit more NFL experience, and I could see him grabbing the job. The bigger question for some might be whether or not Adam Snyder sticks around. I would not be at all surprised to see him on the roster, but I just don't see him as being one of the three or so best linemen competing for reserve spots. The 49ers could decide to keep nine offensive linemen instead of eight, but again, I'm just not seeing it.
One player who received a lot of praise this past week was outside linebacker Cam Johnson. The 49ers have a considerable number of linebackers competing for various spots inside and outside. Right now I have Parys Haralson, Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta listed at outside linebacker, and Michael Wilhoite and Nick Moody as inside linebackers.
Skuta previously played some middle linebacker, but 49ers DC Vic Fangio indicated he is better suited outside in the team's system. He will likely focus on special teams however, so I don't think that is necessarily a huge deal. The question though is what happens with Cam Johnson. He retains practice squad eligibility, but if he has a solid showing over the next month, could he get the spot over Skuta? Or could he even possibly end up with a job over Parys Haralson? I think the team keeps Haralson for his veteran presence as a backup, but crazier things have happened.
I had briefly considered going with Marlon Moore over Ricardo Lockette, but that's another one where I'm just not quite sold on it yet. Moore received praise throughout the first four days of camp, but it's possible the big plays stand out. He could very well earn a roster spot, but I want to see where he stacks up on the depth chart against the Broncos. It won't tell us everything, but it will give us a bit more insight into what the team thinks of him.
How does your 53-man roster shake out?