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49ers vs. Texans, preseason 2014: Bubble watch heading into preseason finale

We take a look at the 49ers bubble watch heading into their Week 4 preseason finale with the Houston Texans. Who is a lock, strong bubble, weak bubble or longshot?

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We're back with a 53-man roster projection heading into the 49ers preseason finale against the Houston Texans. I will have one more roster projection first thing Friday morning, and then we will sit and wait for roster cuts.

I made a few adjustments here and there, but nothing too huge. Well, I moved Craig Dahl into lock status, which might give some folks an aneurysm. The way Vic Fangio discussed him as the primary in-game backup at safety, is there any way he does not make the roster? Plenty will take issue with it, but based on Fangio's comment, I'm locking him in.

One of the toughest decisions I had was with Brandon Lloyd. Colin Kaepernick apparently referenced Brandon Lloyd when he said "our four receivers." That tempts me to move him to lock, but I'm holding off. I'm just not entirely sure what to make of Lloyd's situation, but maybe I'm completely missing the point. At this point I would not be remotely surprised to see him make the roster, but I also would not be surprised if he was cut. The situation has me a little bit baffled.

The cornerback position remains another tough one. I just listed Perrish Cox, Chris Cook and Kenneth Acker all in the strong bubble spot. I don't think all three make the roster, but I can't begin to tell you which ones do, and which ones are cut. Well, I can tell you what I think, but I'm sure I'll be plenty wrong.

Locks (44)

QB: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert
RB: Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, LaMichael James
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael CrabtreeAnquan 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 CarradineQuinton Dial
OLB: Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Corey Lemonier, Dan Skuta, Aaron Lynch
ILB: Patrick Willis, Michael Wilhoite, Chris Borland
CB: Tramaine BrockChris Culliver, Darryl Morris, Dontae Johnson
S: Eric ReidAntoine Bethea, Jimmie Ward, C.J. Spillman, Craig Dahl

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

Strong Bubble (12)

WR: Brandon Lloyd, Kassim Osgood
TE: Derek Carrier
OT: Jonathan Martin
OG: Adam Snyder

DT: Demarcus Dobbs, Tony Jerod-Eddie
ILB: Nick Moody
CB: Chris CookPerrish Cox, Kenneth Acker
S: Bubba Ventrone

Weak Bubble (7)

QB: Josh Johnson
RB: Alfonso Smith, Glenn Winston
FB: Will Tukuafu
OT: Carter Bykowski
OG: Ryan Seymour

ILB: Shayne Skov

Longshots (11)

WR: L'Damian Washington, Lance Lewis
TE: Asante Cleveland
OG: Al Netter, Michael Philipp
C: Dillon Farrell

DT: Mike Purcell, Lawrence Okoye
OLB: Chase Thomas
S: LJ McCray

LS: Kyle Nelson

IR/Short Term IR decision (1)

DT: Glenn Dorsey

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 (2)

RB: Kendall Hunter

Reserve/Did Not Report (1)

OG: Alex Boone