49ers cut roster to 53, release all three special-teams aces

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As the San Francisco 49ers trimmed the fat on their roster, there were many surprises as to who missed the cut on the 53-man squad. From releasing LS Kevin McDermott to all three special-team aces WR Kassim Osgood, FS C.J. Spillman and S Bubba Ventrone, the 49ers decided to replaced those players with a fountain of youth. Four players that I had anticipated making the team in my 53-man prediction I was clearly wrong. Not to mention, G Adam Snyder, CB Darryl Morris, and NT Mike Purcell were also released, I clearly struck out as that makes seven players that I considered locks.

So who else was released earlier this afternoon? To no one’s surprise those players are:

  • RB Glenn Winston
  • T Carter Bykowski
  • ILB Shayne Skov
  • TE Asante Cleveland
  • T Michael Philipp
  • G Al Netter
  • G Ryan Seymour
  • RB Alfonso Smith
  • DE Lawrence Okoye
  • WR Lance Lewis
  • LB Chase Thomas
  • WR L’Damian Washington

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The following players do not count against the 53-man roster and are still with team.

Player designation:

PUP- Physically Unable To Perform (Player does NOT count against 53-man roster until active)

  • ILB NaVorro Bowman
  • TE Garrett Celek
  • DT Kaleb Ramsey

NFI- Non-Football Injury/illness (Player does NOT count against 53-man roster until active)

  • RB Marcus Lattimore
  • FB Trey Millard
  • CB Keith Reaser
  • G Brandon Thomas

IR- Injured Reserve (Does NOT count against 53-man active roster)

  • RB Kendall Hunter
  • FB Will Tukuafu
  • CB Kenneth Acker 
  • WR Chuck Jacobs

Reserve/Did Not Report (Does NOT count against 53-man roster)

  • G Alex Boone

Reserve/Suspended List

  • OLB Aldon Smith 

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53-man Roster (Official) 

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Quarterback (3)

Prediction: QB Colin Kaepernick, QB Blaine Gabbert

Actual: + QB Josh Johnson 

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Running Back/Fullback (4)

Prediction: RB Frank Gore, RB Carlos Hyde, RB LaMichael James, FB Bruce Miller, FB Will Tukuafu (IR)

Actual: 100% Correct 

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Wide Receiver (6) 

Prediction: WR Anquan Boldin, WR Michael Crabtree, WR Stevie Johnson, Quinton Patton, WR Bruce Ellington, WR Brandon Lloyd

Actual: 100% Correct

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49ers.com

Tight-End (3) 

Prediction: TE Vernon Davis, TE Vance McDonald

Actual: + TE Derek Carrier

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Tackle (3) 

Prediction: T Joe Staley, T Anthony Davis, T Jonathan Martin

Actual: 100% Correct

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Guard (3) 

Prediction: G Mike Iupati, G Joe Looney, G Adam Snyder

Actual: + C/G Dillon Farrell 

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Center (2) 

Prediction: C Daniel Kilgore, C Marcus Martin

Actual: 100% Correct

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Defensive End (6) 

Prediction: DE Justin Smith, DE Ray McDonald, DE Tank Carradine, DE Quinton Dial, DE Tony Jerod-Eddie

Actual: + DE DeMarcus Dobbs 

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Nose Tackle (2) 

Prediction: Glenn Dorsey (Injured Reserve/Designated for Return) NT Ian Williams, NT Mike Purcell 

Actual: Everyone made team except Purcell

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Outside Linebacker (4)

Prediction: OLB Ahmad Brooks, OLB Corey Lemonier, OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Dan Skuta

Actual: 100% Correct

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Inside Linebacker (4) 

Prediction: ILB Patrick Willis, ILB Michael Wilhoite, ILB Chris Borland, ILB Nick Moody

Actual: 100% Correct

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Cornerback (5) 

Prediction: CB Chris Culliver, CB Tramaine Brock, CB Chris Cook, CB Dontae Johnson, CB Perrish Cox, CB Darryl Morris

Actual: All made team except Morris.  

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Strong Safety (3) 

Prediction: SS Antoine Bethea, DB Jimmie Ward

Actual: + SS Craig Dahl 

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Free-Safety (2) 

Prediction: FS Eric Reid, Raymond Ventrone, C.J. Spillman

Actual: + L.J. McCray 

 

Special-Teams (3) 

Prediction: K Phil Dawson, P Andy Lee, and  LS Kevin McDermott

Actual: + LS Kyle Nelson

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