Five bubble guys

Here are five guys whose status to make the 49ers’ 53-man roster is on the bubble.

You should pay extra attention to these players during the last two exhibition games.

  1. RB Xavier Omon: Would have to make the team as the fourth running back, or would have to take Anthony Dixon’s spot, which is unlikely because Dixon was Baalke’s draft pick last year. Still, Omon has performed better than Dixon has so far in the preseason. He’s not a toe-tapper in the backfield, and he’s the Niners’ best short-yardage back.
  2. CB Phillip Adams: Struggled in practice at the beginning of training camp, he’s been coming on strong the last week. He has a real shot to make the team as the last cornerback. He’s been returning punts as well, so this versatility could work in his favor.
  3. WR Dominique Zeigler: Has only practiced the last two days, Zeigler still could beat out rookie Ronald Johnson for the last wide receiver spot on the roster. Zeigler has played fantastically in preseasons past before he tore his ACL. He’ll have to distinguish himself quickly if he’s going to make this team.
  4. DE Will Tukuafu: Currently behind Demarcus Dobbs for the last defensive end spot, Tukuafu has practiced well all camp. If he outplays Dobbs these last two exhibition games, Tukuafu could steal his spot.
  5. OLB Monte Simmons: Trailing Antwan Applewhite for the last outside linebacker spot, Simmons is a better pass rusher but a worse run stopper than Applewhite. If Simmons can get a sack or two against Houston or San Diego, he could force his way on the roster.


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