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August 29, 2014

53 pick-up: A stab at the 49ers’ Saturday evening roster

Here’s my projection for the 49ers’ “initial” 53-man roster, which must be finalized by 1 p.m. Saturday. Explanations (a lot of them) below.

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Here’s my projection for the 49ers’ “initial” 53-man roster, which must be finalized by 1 p.m. Saturday. Explanations (a lot of them) below.

Quarterbacks (2)

  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Blaine Gabbert
Running backs (4)
  • Frank Gore
  • Bruce Miller
  • Carlos Hyde
  • LaMichael James
Wide receivers (5)
  • Anquan Boldin
  • Michael Crabtree
  • Stevie Johnson
  • Quinton Patton
  • Bruce Ellington
Tight ends (3)
  • Vernon Davis
  • Vance McDonald
  • Derek Carrier
Offensive line (9)
  • Joe Staley
  • Anthony Davis
  • Mike Iupati
  • Daniel Kilgore
  • Joe Looney
  • Jonathan Martin
  • Adam Snyder
  • Marcus Martin
  • Carter Bykowski
Defensive line (8)
  • Justin Smith
  • Ray McDonald
  • Ian Williams
  • Tank Carradine
  • Quinton Dial
  • Tony Jerod-Eddie
  • Demarcus Dobbs
  • Glenn Dorsey
Inside linebackers (4)
  • Patrick Willis
  • Michael Wilhoite
  • Chris Borland
  • Nick Moody
Outside linebackers (4)
  • Ahmad Brooks
  • Dan Skuta
  • Corey Lemonier
  • Aaron Lynch
Cornerbacks (6)
  • Tramaine Brock
  • Chris Culliver
  • Perrish Cox
  • Chris Cook
  • Dontae Johnson
  • Darryl Morris
Safeties (5)
  • Antoine Bethea
  • Eric Reid
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Craig Dahl
  • James McCray
Specialists (3)
  • Phil Dawson
  • Andy Lee
  • Kevin McDermott
Practice squad
  • QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson
  • RB Glenn Winston
  • NT Mike Purcell
  • OL Dillon Farrell
  • OL Michael Philipp
  • TE Asante Cleveland
  • LB Shayne Skov
  • OLB Chase Thomas
  • WR Lance Lewis

Other

Dorsey can’t go on injured reserve/return until Tuesday. When that happens, the 49ers will gain a roster spot. ... Veterans like Brandon Lloyd and Kassim Osgood will have their full salaries guaranteed if they are on the Week 1 roster. I expect Lloyd to make the team, perhaps not in Week 1. Osgood also has a good shot, just not in Week 1. ... I struggled most with C.J. Spillman, McCray, Acker and Dobbs. In the end, I went with McCray’s youth and potential at safety over Spillman’s special teams prowess. ... If I had to guess which players the 49ers might trade, Spillman and Dobbs would be at the top of my list.

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