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NFL roster cuts: 49ers must cut down to 75 players by August 26

The San Francisco 49ers are a week away from their first roster cuts. We take a look at how this might shape up.

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The San Francisco 49ers are officially one week away from their first roster cutdown deadline. On Tuesday, August 26, the 49ers have to cut down to 75 players by 1 p.m. PT. That is followed by the 53-man cut down on Saturday, August 30.

The cut down to 75 players is likely to include both complete roster cuts, and players moved to different injury lists. Last year, the 49ers cut five players, and placed another 10 on various injury lists. This year, their injury lists include the following:


RB Marcus Lattimore
FB Trey Millard
CB Keith Reaser
OG Brandon Thomas


LB NaVorro Bowman
TE Garrett Celek
DT Kaleb Ramsey

The 49ers already have Blake Costanzo, Kendall Hunter and Chuck Jacobs on injured reserve, so they do not count against the roster limit. Glenn Dorsey is not on an injury list yet, but the team has to wait until September 2 to their short term injured reserve spot on him. If they choose not to do that, then they could move him straight to regular IR, ending his season.

From the group above, Bowman, Millard, Reaser, and Thomas are all likely to be transferred to the Reserve/PUP and Reserve/NFI lists. That leaves them with decisions on 11 other players. Down below, I've posted the full roster. We will begin crossing names off as the cuts roll in.

Marcus Lattimore, Kaleb Ramsey and Garrett Celek all could be transferred as well, but for now we'll pretend they will not be moved.  If I had to make some early picks, I could see something like: Glenn Winston, David Reed, Lance Lewis, L'Damian Washington, Kevin Greene, Michael Philipp, Al Netter, Kion Wilson, D.J. Campbell, Colton Schmidt, and Kyle Nelson. I just went in order of offense to defense to special teams for these projections, so this not in order of who I think is most likely.

Players currently on roster: 90
QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
QB Josh Johnson

RB Frank Gore
RB LaMichael James
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Marcus Lattimore
RB Carlos Hyde
RB Alfonso Smith
RB Glenn Winston

FB Bruce Miller
FB Will Tukuafu
FB Trey Millard

WR Michael Crabtree
WR Anquan Boldin
WR Quinton Patton
WR Brandon Lloyd
WR Stevie Johnson
WR Bruce Ellington
WR Kassim Osgood
WR David Reed
WR Devon Wylie
WR L'Damian Washington
WR Lance Lewis
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier
TE Asante Cleveland
TE Kevin Greene

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Carter Bykowski
OT Jonathan Martin
OT Michael Philipp

OG Mike Iupati
OG Adam Snyder
OG Joe Looney
OG Al Netter
OG Ryan Seymour
OG Brandon Thomas

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

DL Justin Smith
DL Ray McDonald
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Demarcus Dobbs
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Kaleb Ramsey

ILB Patrick Willis
ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Chris Borland
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Kion Wilson

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Dan Skuta
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Chase Thomas

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Chris Culliver
CB Perrish Cox
CB Darryl Morris
CB Chris Cook
CB Jimmie Ward
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S C.J. Spillman
S Raymond Ventrone
S D.J. Campbell
S James McCray

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Colton Schmidt

LS Kevin McDermott
LS Kyle Nelson