49ers Blog and Q&A

News, notes and reader questions about the San Francisco 49ers

September 3, 2009
And then there were 53 ...

Mike Singletary says he has a "very good idea" about who his final 53 players will be. I'll bet it looks something like this: (margin of error +/- 53)

Offensive line (8)
David Baas, Eric Heitmann, Chilo Rachal, Barry Sims, Adam Snyder, Joe Staley, Cody Wallace, Tony Wragge
* The ninth guy likely is Alex Boone, someone who probably will wind up on the practice squad. Boone is a right tackle only whereas Sims has versatility and experience. Matt Spanos is big, can move and can play guard and center. He's worth keeping around on the practice squad.

Running backs (5)
Glen Coffee, Frank Gore, Moran Norris, Michael Robinson, Kory Sheets
*Does Sheets make it? Yes, he had a great preseason. But so did Thomas Clayton in 2008. Remember, almost every team passed on Sheets seven times in the draft. Brit Miller is why practice squads were invented.

Tight ends (3)
Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Bear Pascoe
* Singletary has said JJ Finley and Pascoe are essentially tied for the final position. Whoever doesn't wind up on the active roster likely would land on the practice squad. Finley, it seems, would have an easier time making it through waivers.

QBs (3)
Nate Davis, Shaun Hill, Alex Smith
* After releasing Damon Huard on Tuesday, the 49ers better pray that none of their QBs gets injured tonight.

Receivers (6)
Arnaz Battle, Isaac Bruce, Michael Crabtree, Brandon Jones, Josh Morgan, Micheal Spurlock
*Does vagabond Spurlock really knock third-round pick Jason Hill off the roster? Here's my argument: Spurlock has out-performed Hill this offseason, has been healthier than Hill and has more uses than Hill. Of course, the 49ers probably could cut Spurlock and re-sign him if anything were to happen to Allen Rossum during the season. And of course, both Spurlock and Hill could make it considering that Crabtree hasn't signed. A big hint will come when the first-team offense lines up tonight - Battle, Bruce, Jones and Crabtree won't be playing ...

Defensive line (6)
Kentwan Balmer, Demetric Evans, Aubrayo Franklin, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, Isaac Sopoaga.
*Rookie Ricky Jean-Francois makes it if the 49ers go with five cornerbacks. If not, the 49ers cross their fingers he passes through waivers and lands on the practice squad.

Linebackers (8)
Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, Marques Harris, Manny Lawson, Scott McKillop, Takeo Spikes, Jeff Ulbrich, Patrick Willis.
* This unit is in real trouble if Haralson gets hurt. Don't be surprised to see the 49ers scan the waiver wire for a pass-rushing OLB. Rookie Diyral Briggs and Justin Roland are practice-squad candidates.

Cornerbacks (6)
Dre Bly, Tarelll Brown, Nate Clements, Eric Green, Marcus Hudson, Shawntae Spencer.
* The 49ers play in the most pass-happy division in the NFL and they had six cornerbacks last season. Still, Green and Hudson are the last two guys on the elevator before the door closes. Green needs a solid performance tonight to solidify his spot. Hudson is a special teams demon but not the greatest cover corner.

Safeties (4)
Dashon Goldson, Michael Lewis, Mark Roman, Reggie Smith.
* Smith has been a pleasant surprise this summer. Rookie Curtis Taylor is solid practice-squad prospect.

Specialists (4)
Brian Jennings, Andy Lee, Joe Nedney, Allen Rossum.

-- Matt Barrows

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives

Ask a question

Please use the form below to submit your question. Because there is a 100-word limit for questions, a word counter is located directly beneath the box where you enter the your question.


49ers Question:

Your letter contains of 100 words allowed.  Count words

Your IP Address has been recorded as and will be included with this submission.