49ers announce initial practice squad and other roster moves

San Francisco 49ers center Jake Brendel (64 )in action during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

The roster carousel continues to turn for the 49ers. San Francisco cut down to their initial 53-man roster yesterday, and had a league-high three players claimed off waivers. The players who were claimed included wide receiver Nsimba Webster by Chicago, rookie linebacker Justin Hilliard by the New York Giants, and offensive lineman Dakoda Shepley by Seattle.


Once the waiver process was completed, the attention shifted to filling out their practice squad. Per NFL rules, each team is allowed to carry up to 16 players with up to six of them being vested veterans. The 49ers are also eligible to have one additional player due to participating in the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program.


Practice squad players are eligible to sign to the active roster during the season and also can each be promoted twice on game days without having to clear waivers before being returned to the practice squad.


The 49ers announced the following 13 players who were with the team during training camp to their initial practice squad:


QB Nate Sudfeld


FB Josh Hokit


TE Jordan Matthews


WR Travis Benjamin


WR River Cracraft


OL Corbin Kaufusi


OL Colton McKivitz


OL Alfredo Gutierrez* (NFL’s International Pathway Program)


OG Senio Kelemete


DL Alex Barrett


DL Darrion Daniels


LB Elijah Sullivan


S Jared Mayden


In other roster news, the 49ers signed C/G Jake Brendel and CB Dontae Johnson to the active roster and placed CB Davontae Harris and DT Maurice Hurst on the injured reserve. Also, wide receiver Richie James cleared waivers and was placed on the 49ers injured reserve list.


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This article has 9 Comments

  1. Thanks for the updates. I’m very ready for the season to start and excited to see it unfold. I think they are going to be very good this year.

  2. Hi All,

    Wondering if any of you live in the Far East Bay (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon). I ditched cable some time back and antennas (even outdoor) don’t work very well. Are you able to get 49ers games? I think Fox might be reachable with the antenna and a preamplifier and very skillfully tuned directional antenna.

    Anyone suggest a cheaper streaming service to catch Fox, CBS? All the services I’ve seen that stream local channels are pretty expensive, north worth the money since I only watch sports.

  3. A bit of a sidebar topic here:
    For years we’ve read that the Raiders were cash poor compared to other NFL franchises. Davis had to get very creative about partnering up with investors to get his stadium built in Vegas. So now word is out that he’s building a $14 million house down there that is massive and looks like a 1950s concept of the future. Or perhaps like a Transformer.
    So I guess there are various perspectives on “cash poor.”

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