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49ers vs. Broncos, preseason 2014: Bubble watch heading into Week 2

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We take a look at the 49ers bubble watch heading into their Week 2 preseason matchup with the Denver Broncos. Who is a lock, strong bubble, weak bubble or longshot?

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

We're back for another edition of the San Francisco 49ers bubble watch. The Week 2 contest against the Denver Broncos will provide us with a slightly better idea of where the team stands. That being said, with two more games, there is still some work to be done.

I made a few changes this week, primarily demoting some players. One player I did not demote was Blaine Gabbert. I thought long and hard about it, but I really don't see him not making the team. I suppose Jim Harbaugh could have been blowing some smoke this week, but unless Gabbert has another awful performance, I will stick with it.

I dropped Perrish Cox to strong bubble because I honestly am not sure what to make of him and Chris Cook. Some might wonder about Johnson, but given that he was a fourth round pick and is having what is being reported as a strong camp, I just don't see him going anywhere. As for Cox and Cook, do the 49ers go extra deep at cornerback, or are these two competing for one spot? Cox would seem to have the edge given his ability to play both inside and outside. Of course, the 49ers had no problem releasing him last year for Eric Wright, and only brought him back once Carlos Rogers got hurt. Cox seems to be doing perfectly fine, but he's a guy I just am not yet sure the 49ers keep heading into the season.

And sorry to the Lawrence Okoye crowd, but I dropped him back to longshot. He did see 3 special teams snaps to go with his 21 defensive snaps last week, but I don't see him sticking around this year. Maybe he ends up with the practice squad, but for the roster itself, the 49ers are incredibly deep. I just don't see it happening.

Locks (44)

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert
RB: Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, LaMichael James
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Stevie Johnson, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington
TE: Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald
OT: Joe Staley, Anthony Davis
OG: Mike Iupati, Joe Looney
C: Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin

DT: Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Ian Williams Tank Carradine, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Quinton Dial
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Corey Lemonier, Dan Skuta
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite, Chris Borland
CB: Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Jimmie Ward, Darryl Morris, Dontae Johnson
S: Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, C.J. Spillman, Craig Dahl

K: Phil Dawson
P: Andy Lee
LOS: Kevin McDermott

Strong Bubble (8)

TE: Derek Carrier
OT: Jonathan Martin
OG: Adam Snyder

DT: Demarcus Dobbs
OLB: Aaron Lynch
ILB: Nick Moody
CB: Chris Cook, Perrish Cox

Weak Bubble (12)

QB: Josh Johnson, McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB: Jewel Hampton
FB: Will Tukuafu
WR: Brandon Lloyd, Kassim Osgood
OT: Carter Bykowski
OG: Ryan Seymour

DT: Mike Purcell
ILB: Shayne Skov
CB: Kenneth Acker
S: Bubba Ventrone

Longshots (18)

RB: Alfonso Smith, Glenn Winston
WR: Devon Wylie, David Reed, L'Damian Washington, Lance Lewis
TE: Asante Cleveland, Kevin Greene
OG: Al Netter, Michael Philipp
C: Dillon Farrell

DT: Lawrence Okoye
ILB: Kion Wilson
OLB: Chase Thomas
S: D.J. Campbell, LJ McCray

P: Colton Schmidt
LS: Kyle Nelson

Physically Unable To Perform (3)

TE: Garrett Celek
DT: Kaleb Ramsey
LB: NaVorro Bowman

Non-Football Injury (4)

RB: Marcus Lattimore
FB: Trey Millard
OG: Brandon Thomas

CB: Keith Reaser

IR or Short Term IR decision (1)

DT: Glenn Dorsey

IR (2)

RB: Kendall Hunter
LB: Blake Costanzo

Reserve/Did Not Report (1)

OG: Alex Boone