Niners’ 53-man roster
The 49ers now have 53 players on their roster. This is how it breaks down:
QB (3) – Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Nate Davis
RB (4) – Frank Gore, Moran Norris, Glen Coffee, Michael Robinson
WR (6) – Isaac Bruce, Josh Morgan, Arnaz Battle, Micheal Spurlock, Brandon Jones, Jason Hill.
TE (2) – Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker
OL (8) – Joe Staley, David Baas, Eric Heitmann, Chilo Rachal, Adam Snyder, Tony Wragge, Barry Sims, Cody Wallace.
DL (7) – Isaac Sopoaga, Aubrayo Franklin, Justin Smith, Kentwan Balmer, Demetric Evans, Ray McDonald, Ricky Jean-Francois.
LB (9) – Manny Lawson, Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes, Parys Haralson, Jeff Ulbrich, Scott McKillop, Ahmad Brooks, Marques Harris, Diyral Briggs.
CB (5) – Nate Clements, Tarell Brown, Dre’ Bly, Shawntae Spencer, Marcus Hudson.
S (5) – Dashon Goldson, Michael Lewis, Mark Roman, Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor.
ST (4) – Joe Nedney, Andy Lee, Brian Jennings, Allen Rossum.
Rookies in italics
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One thing to keep in mind: The 49ers are expected to be in the market for backups at fullback, tight end and offensive tackle. If they add players at those positions, an equal number of above players will have to go.
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Here is some of what 49ers coach Mike Singletary had to say about the final cuts:
On decision to keep two TEs. Does this mean they’ll be look at the waiver wire to add a blocking tight end?
“It depends on what happens throughout the next few days, but right now we’re content with the team we have.”
Might an offensive lineman be used as a second TE in short-yardage situations?
“That could be a possibility. We’re just going to weigh our options and see how that works its way out.”
On the decision to release rookie RB Kory Sheets:
“I think certainly he did some nice things, but what we wanted to do and keep focus of is we wanted to have the 53 guys who really gave us the best opportunity to win.”
On OLB Diyral Briggs making the team:
“He’s young, he has talent and going forward we just want to see him continue to develop. . . . He’s still raw and we just have to work with it. . . . Briggs making roster is an indication we believe in him. See how it works out.”
Have you spoken to Jason Hill about his discontent, and what is his role?
“When you look at Jason Hill, every chance that he’s had is a situation which he’s been able to make plays. I know he can be frustrated about the amount of time he had or the amount of catches that he had or whatever. “
What did Micheal Spurlock do to win a spot?
“All offseason, I think Spurlock continued to show up. He’s a versatile guy. He can help you in special teams areas and continue to better as a receiver and run better routes. And he works at it. It’s important for us. Felt it was a good opportunity and a good fit.
On DL Ricky Jean-Francois making the team:
“I just think he’s a big body that’s talented. He’s got really good work ethic. He studies – does a lot of things . . . the maturity that he has.”
On S Curtis Taylor making the team:
“I just think when you look at his size alone, you hope when you see a guy that size that he can play. And this guy can actually really . . . this guy nice range, good speed and he’s become more physical since he’s been here. That was good to see.
On TE Bear Pascoe not making the team:
“When you look at Bear, he’s a quality young man. I just think for him it’s a matter of getting used to the speed of the NFL. Just getting used to seeing guys who are big and fast and coming at you, and you have to block them. That’s a big part of his game, and I’m not sure coming out of Fresno if he was really used to that, guys this big and fast and blocking a moving target. That’s something he’s going to have to get better at.”
Was Eric Green not as good as you thought he’d be or didn’t have enough practice in the defense?
“I think it was more the latter. I think he came in on the tail end and we spent a lot of time talking about different coverages, and it can be complex at times. And I think it’s unfortunate he came in so late. It made it tough for him to make a contribution.”
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