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49ers 53-man roster: Comparing 2016 with 2015

It is interesting looking at the number of players and who was kept at each position in 2016, as compared to 2015.

The San Francisco 49ers settled on their preliminary 53-man roster Saturday afternoon. I say preliminary because there is the chance they make waiver claims on Sunday. For now though, I thought I would put together a quick rundown of the roster compared to last year. It is broken down position-by-position. I have included the number of players in parenthesis for easy comparison.


2016 (3): Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Christian Ponder

2015 (2): Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert

Running Backs

2016 (3): Carlos Hyde, Shaun Draughn, Mike Davis

2015 (5): Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Mike Davis, Jarryd Hayne, Bruce Miller

Wide Receivers

2016 (5): Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton, Jeremy Kerley, Aaron Burbridge, Rod Streater

2015 (5): Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, DeAndrew White

Tight Ends

2016 (4): Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Bruce Miller

2015 (4): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell

Offensive Line

2016 (9): Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Daniel Kilgore, Anthony Davis, Trent Brown, Joshua Garnett, John Theus, Andrew Tiller, Marcus Martin

2015 (9): Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Marcus Martin, Jordan Devey, Ian Silberman, Nick Easton, Brandon Thomas, Erik Pears, Trent Brown

Defensive Line

2016 (7): Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey, Mike Purcell, Ronald Blair, Tony Jerod-Eddie

2015 (7): Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, Mike Purcell, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Arik Armstead

Outside Linebackers

2016 (3): Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Tank Carradine

2015 (4): Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch, Corey Lemonier, Eli Harold

Inside Linebackers

2016 (5): NaVorro Bowman, Gerald Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Bellore

2015 (4): NaVorro Bowman, Shayne Skov, Nick Bellore, Michael Wilhoite


2016 (7): Tramaine Brock, Jimmie Ward, Chris Davis, Rashard Robinson, Will Redmond, Keith Reaser, Dontae Johnson

2015 (5): Tramaine Brock, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Kenneth Acker, Shareece Wright


2016 (4): Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, Jaquiski Tartt, Marcus Cromartie

2015 (5): Eric Reid, Antoine Bethea, Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, L.J. McCray

Special Teams

2016 (3): Phil Dawson, Bradley Pinion, Kyle Nelson

2015 (3): Phil Dawson, Bradley Pinion, Kyle Nelson


2016: Aaron Lynch

2015: Jerome Simpson

Injury Lists

2016: DeAndre Smelter (Waived/injured)

2015: Daniel Kilgore (PUP), DeAndre Smelter (NFI), Dres Anderson (IR), Busta Anderson (IR), Kendall Hunter (IR)