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NFL roster cuts: San Francisco 49ers roster cuts include QB Scott Tolzien

The 49ers cut QB Scott Tolzien on Monday. We take a look at what it means for the team's backup quarterback competition.

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The San Francisco 49ers began their roster cuts yesterday, releasing five players including quarterback Scott Tolzien. The decision to cut Tolzien was not shocking, but initially I was a little surprised it happened before the final preseason game.

And yet, after thinking it through, the timing isn't all that surprising either. The 49ers backup QB situation has been a bit of a jumbled mess this offseason, with Colt McCoy appearing to struggle at times to secure the position. However, in light of Jim Harbaugh's public vote of confidence Sunday evening, and B.J. Daniels emergence as an intriguing weapon, Tolzien's apparent regression (or at least non-improvement) after two years in the 49ers system made him expendable.

Now, the 49ers have Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels and Seneca Wallace behind Colin Kaepernick. Wallace got a little over a minute of playing time at the end of Sunday's game, but with the McCoy vote of confidence, does Wallace have any shot of unseating Daniels? Given what we've seen from Daniels in two games, you would think the 49ers would want to hang on to him for just the potential. They could try and slide him to the waiver wire, but given the dumpster fire that is the New York Jets QB position (and to a lesser extent the Buffalo Bills), as well as teams always looking for young mobile QB talent, can the 49ers risk the possibility he gets claimed off waivers?

Roster cuts will continue today, with a 1:00 p.m. PT deadline for teams to cut down from 90 players to 75 players. Players on PUP and NFI lists (Active or Reserve versions) count toward that 75 player limit. As you can see below, the 49ers are currently at 84 players following the trade of Parys Haralson (assuming it is made official today). That means nine more players need to come off the board.

Players currently on roster: 84
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Colt McCoy
QB B.J. Daniels
QB Seneca Wallace
QB Scott Tolzien

RB Frank Gore
RB Kendall Hunter
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore
RB D.J. Harper

FB Bruce Miller
FB Anthony Dixon
FB Jason Schepler

WR Anquan Boldin
WR Marlon Moore
WR Quinton Patton
WR Kyle Williams
WR Jon Baldwin
WR Austin Collie
WR Lavelle Hawkins
WR Chad Hall
WR Kassim Osgood
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR Michael Crabtree
WR Mario Manningham
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE MarQueis Gray

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Kenny Wiggins
OT Patrick Omameh
OT Luke Marquardt

OG Alex Boone
OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Wayne Tribue
OG Al Netter

C Jonathan Goodwin
C Daniel Kilgore
DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Will Tukuafu
DL Cornellius Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Lamar Divens
DL Mike Purcell

LB Patrick Willis
LB NaVorro Bowman
LB Michael Wilhoite
LB Nick Moody
LB Nate Stupar
LB Travis Johnson
LB Aldon Smith
LB Ahmad Brooks
LB Parys Haralson
LB Corey Lemonier
LB Dan Skuta
LB Cam Johnson
LB Joe Holland
CB Carlos Rogers
CB Tarell Brown
CB Chris Culliver
CB Tramaine Brock
CB Nnamdi Asomugha
CB Perrish Cox
CB Marcus Cooper
CB Darryl Morris
CB Eric Wright

S Donte Whitner
S Craig Dahl
S Eric Reid
S C.J. Spillman
S Trenton Robinson
S Raymond Ventrone
S Michael Thomas

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Brian Jennings
LS Kevin McDermott

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