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49ers roster cuts 2014: Josh Johnson earns roster spot, according to Matt Barrows

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly kept quarterback Josh Johnson on their 53-man roster. We break down what it means for the QB position.

Thomas B. Shea

Matt Barrows is reporting the San Francisco 49ers have kept quarterback Josh Johnson on their initial 53-man roster. The team had until 1 p.m. PT Saturday to make their roster cuts. The moves are still trickling in, but it would appear Johnson is safe for now.

Johnson put together a very solid preseason as the third quarterback on the depth chart. Johnson finished the four games 27 of 36 for 259 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a QB rating of 110.8. He outperformed Blaine Gabbert from a statistical perspective, although there has been some talk of different play-calling between Gabbert and Johnson impacting that.

There is no word yet on Blaine Gabbert, but all indications are that he will make the 49ers 53-man roster. The team could decide to eat his $2 million and change, but I just don't see it. I think he is the first guy they look to if the worst were to happen. I could be wrong, which is entirely possible given my track record on these roster cuts, but I see it as Gabbert holding down the backup job, and Johnson at No. 3.

It is also important to note that this current iteration of the 53-man roster is not likely to be the final version when the 49ers kick off against the Dallas Cowboys next week. They can make a roster move with Glenn Dorsey on Tuesday, potentially placing him on the injured reserve with return designation. Additionally, there could be players on waivers that interest the team.

Fooch's update: 2:19 p.m.

Here is the full list of cuts. Further down I have the full roster listed:

T Carter Bykowski
TE Asante Cleveland
LS Kevin McDermott
G Al Netter
DL Lawrence Okoye
WR Kassim Osgood
OL Michael Philipp
NT Mike Purcell
OL Ryan Seymour
LB Shayne Skov
RB Alfonso Smith
OL Adam Snyder
S C.J. Spillman
FB Will Tukuafu
S Bubba Ventrone
RB Glenn Winston

PUP: NaVorro Bowman, Garrett Celek, Kaleb Ramsey
NFI: Marcus Lattimore, Trey Millard, Keith Reaser, Brandon Thomas

Suspended: Aldon Smith
Holdout: Alex Boone
IR: Kendall Hunter

Players currently on roster: 58
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 Kendall Hunter
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 Alex Boone
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 Dontae Johnson
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker

DB Jimmie Ward

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