The 49ers announced 21 players who were cut at the mandatory league deadline on Saturday afternoon. One of the most notable players cut from the day was longtime LS Brian Jennings.
Here is the entire 53-man roster with a short breakdown of each position:
Quarterbacks (3): Colin Kaepernick, Colt McCoy, B.J. Daniels
Analysis: There was an initial scare when Seneca Wallace was added to the team more than one week ago, but Jim Harbaugh said the quarterback asked for his release. Daniels had an impressive preseason showing his dual-threat abilities and making a few plays. Harbaugh made it clear Colt McCoy is the current backup quarterback behind Colin Kaepernick after the third preseason game against Minnesota.
Running Backs/Fullbacks (5): Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Bruce Miller, Anthony Dixon
Analysis: Gore remains as the No.1 running back while Hunter returns to football for the first time since November 25. LaMichael James will be part of the inactive list for the first few weeks of the season with a sprained MCL. Miller is one of the best fullbacks while Dixon provides depth and special teams.
Note: The team’s 2013 fourth-round draft pick Marcus Lattimore is on the Non-Football injury list and doesn’t count against the 53-man roster. He suffered two torn ligaments when playing at South Carolina.
Wide Receivers (5): Anquan Boldin, Marlon Moore, Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin
Analysis: Boldin is the unanimous No.1 receiver while Moore, Williams and Patton will be rotating as the No.2 WR. Jon Baldwin will provide depth as an occasional big target in the red zone when needed.
Note: Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham are on the PUP list and could return as early as Week 6.
Tight Ends (3): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek
Analysis: Garrett Celek earned his spot for the second consecutive year as the team’s third tight end. The 49ers drafted Vance McDonald in hopes that he will replace Delanie Walker as the No. 2 tight end. He has a good blocking ability, but will need to work on catching to take his game to the next level.
Offensive Line: (8): Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone, Anthony Davis, Daniel Kilgore, Adam Snyder, Joe Looney
Analysis: The five starting offensive linemen return from last season while Kilgore and Looney come back as reserves. Adam Snyder left Thursday’s preseason finale with an injury and his condition is unknown. If he is hurt for a significant amount of time, Snyder will begin the season as an inactive player.
Note: Luke Marquardt is on the Non-football injury list and will not count against the 53-man roster.
Defensive Line (6): Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Will Tukuafu, Tony Jerod-Eddie
Suspended: Demarcus Dobbs
Analysis: It’s clear cut that Smith, McDonald, Dorsey and Williams will be getting significant playing time for this upcoming season on the defensive line. Tukuafu can play both fullback and DE if needed while Tony-Jerod Eddie can be a run stopping specialist. One player will need to be cut when Demarcus Dobbs returns from his one-game suspension in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.
Note: Draft picks Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial are on the Non-Football Injury list and will not count against the 53-man roster.
Linebacker (10): Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith, Dan Skuta, Corey Lemonier, Cam Johnson, Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody, Nate Stupar
Analysis: With ten linebackers, this is the most populated position on the 49ers. There are three reserve linebackers for both the inside and outside positions. Stupar comes as the only surprise with Cam Johnson earning his way to the team through Thursday’s preseason finale against the Chargers. Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier will both be solid as reserves to give Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith breathers.
This is also the one position where a player is vulnerable to being cut if the 49ers want to add a player in free agency or return someone from the PUP or Non-Football Injury list. Stupar would be the first to go if that happens.
Cornerback (5): Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown, Nnamdi Asomugha, Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock
Analysis: Four of the five cornerbacks have returned from last season as Asomugha is the only newcomer. With Chris Culliver being out for the season on the injured reserve, the 49ers hope Asomugha fills the role of nickel cornerback. Perrish Cox and Tramaine Brock will still contribute on special teams.
Note: Eric Wright is currently on the Non-Football injury list and will not count against the 53-man roster.
Safety (5): Donte Whitner, Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Bubba Ventrone
Analysis: Eric Reid earned the starting job at free safety to play alongside Donte Whitner. Throughout the preseason, Craig Dahl showed he can tackle well on special teams to join C.J. Spillman. Bubba Ventrone has been known throughout his career as a specialist on kickoff and punt coverage units.
Specialists (3): K Phil Dawson, P Andy Lee, LS Kevin McDermott
Analysis: Two out of three players are different from 2012 with Dawson being the kicker instead of David Akers and undrafted rookie Kevin McDermott dethroning 13-year veteran Brian Jennings. The 49ers chose to save $535K in cap hit money by keeping McDermott over Jennings as the primary long snapper. Throughout the preseason, McDermott nailed every snap on PATs, field goals and punts.