San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced on Thursday night that the team would spend Friday viewing film, and make final roster cuts on Saturday. That gives us a little over 24 hours to Ponder the roster, and Fahn over some of our end of roster crushes. The team has time to Chip away at it, and hopefully not Rush to conclusions (I couldn’t help myself, I should probably be fired, although the last two were inspired from Twitter).
In the meantime, I thought I would put together a 53-man roster projection. Jason Hurley will be back with a look at the cap implications, but for now, let’s just go with a basic projection a day before roster cuts. I have listed Aaron Lynch with the suspended designation, and placed DeAndre Smelter on injured reserve.
So what do you think? It’s always hard cutting down to 53, with a handful of players worthy of inclusion. I would not be at all surprised to see the 49ers make a trade or two for some late round picks. I’m also not entirely sure of the injury situation for guys like Nick Bellore and Bryce Treggs. But for now, here’s what I project for Saturday’s cuts. It is also worth noting that the 49ers roster Saturday afternoon could easily change on Sunday if they decide to claim players.
Here is my rundown, and at the bottom I’ve listed some guys that I could see being the last four on and the first four off from this particular projection.
QB (2): Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick
RB (4): Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn, Mike Davis, Kelvin Taylor
WR (6): Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton, DeAndrew White, Jeremy Kerley, Dres Anderson, Aaron Burbridge
TE (4): Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Bruce Miller
OL (9): Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Daniel Kilgore, Anthony Davis, Trent Brown, Joshua Garnett, Colin Kelly, John Theus, Fahn Cooper
DL (7): Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey, Mike Purcell, Ronald Blair, Garrison Smith
OLB (4): Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine, Marcus Rush
ILB (4): NaVorro Bowman, Gerald Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Shayne Skov
CB (6): Tramaine Brock, Jimmie Ward, Chris Davis, Rashard Robinson, Will Redmond, Keith Reaser
S (4): Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, Jaquiski Tartt, Marcus Cromartie
K (1): Phil Dawson
P (1): Bradley Pinion
LS (1): Kyle Nelson
IR: DeAndre Smelter
Suspended: Aaron Lynch
First four off: L.J. McCray, Dontae Johnson
Nick Bellore, Andrew Tiller Marcus Martin, DuJuan Harris
Last four on: Marcus Cromartie, Shayne Skov, Kelvin Taylor, Garrison Smith