The San Francisco 49ers have officially made their initial cut down to the 53-man roster. The team announced a handful of cuts Saturday morning after a quiet Friday. It is worth noting that this is not what the 49ers 53-man roster will look like a week from today, and possibly 24 hours from now. I. listed 52 players as the team left a roster spot open for Fred Warner, who has a chance to return from the COVID-19 list on Sunday.
There weren’t too many questions regarding which players would make the roster. There were a few positions, including whether the team would keep four running backs, seven wide receivers, and which safety would win the last spot.
Here is the full list of the 23 players released:
DL Alex Barrett
WR River Cracraft
S Johnathan Cyprien
DL Darrion Daniels
LB Evan Foster
OL Hroniss Grasu
TE MarQueis Gray
TE Chase Harrell
CB Tim Harris Jr.
RB JaMycal Hasty
FB Josh Hokit
WR Jauan Jennings
CB Dontae Johnson
OL Jaryd Jones-Smith
DL Dion Jordan
DL Cameron Malveaux
S Jared Mayden
WR Shawn Poindexter
OL Dakoda Shepley
OL William Sweet
CB Jamar Taylor
LB Joe Walker
WR Kevin White
Here is the 53-man roster following those cuts:
QB (3): Jimmy Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard Nick Mullens
RB (4): Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, Jerick McKinnon, Jeff Wilson Jr.
FB (1): Kyle Juszczyk
WR (6): Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Taylor, Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis, Richie James
TE (4): George Kittle, Jordan Reed, Charlie Woerner Ross Dwelley,
OT (4): Trent Williams, Mike McGlinchey, Justin Skule
OG (3): Laken Tomlinson, Daniel Brunskill, Tom Compton, Colton Mckivitz
C (1): Ben Garland
DL (9): Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Javon Kinlaw, D.J. Jones, Kentavius Street, Kevin Givens, Kerry Hyder, Solomon Thomas
LB (5): Kwon Alexander, Dre Greenlaw, Azeez Al-Shaair, Mark Nzeocha, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
CB (5): Richard Sherman, Emmanuel Moseley, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett, K’Waun Williams,
S (4): Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt, Tarvarius Moore, Marcell Harris
K (1): Robbie Gould
P (1): Mitch Wishnowsky
LS (1): Kyle Nelson
Covid-19/list: LB Fred Warner
PUP: C Weston Richburg, DL Ronald Blair, DL Jullian Taylor
Warner does not count towards the 53-man roster, which likely explains Flannigan-Fowles making the initial roster. Warner can be cleared off the list at any point before the opener and be eligible to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 13.
No real surprises. The team rolled with youth at safety going with Harris. Keeping a fourth tight end over a seventh receiver is more insurance for Reed than anything. Not having any preseason games likely made the decision easier at running back as Wilson Jr. makes it over Hasty.
With both Garland and Verrett making the roster, that would indicate that they’re closer to playing sooner than later. What are some of your takeaways from today’s roster?