Thoughts on each position:
QB- Is Tolzien practice squad eligible because he is almost guaranteed a spot on it if he doesn't make the team and nobody else picks him up. I'd like to keep him... pre season should tell a lot but Johnson has to be the favorite and we will most likely keep 3 QBs.
RB/FB- If Cartwright makes the team he might go under ST player or even backup FB. Remember without Norris we have an extra spot because we had 2 FB last year. If Miller goes down we could pick up an outsider, use Sopoaga/Tukuafu or possibly Cartwright. This would allow us to keep Gore/Hunter/James/Jacobs. Then again maybe Dixon beats Cartwright out or we cut both of them.
WRs- I expect us to keep 6 WRs. Crabtree, Moss, Manningham, Jenkins are all locks. Ginn to me is almost a sure thing and Williams shows too much promise to get rid of. TE - Seems likely we keep 3 TEs with Byham and Reuland battling it out. Slim chance we keep 2 to save a roster spot IMO.
OL- If Kilgore shows enough promise as backup C then I would think Slowey would be on the PS. Kilgore can backup RG spot after Boone or C after Goodwin. Looney should be in the mix as well for backup. Person probably makes it as backup tackle. Boone probably slides to T if one goes down and Kilgore/Looney go to RG.
DL- Liked what I saw from Tukuafu a few years back in the pre season. He hustled and had more sacks in 1 game than Balmer did in 2 years. Anyways, he showed promise in little playing time and had a FR for 12 yards in his 1st game. Was placed on IR after 4 games. Seems like almost a lock to me. Only wonder on the DL to me is Dobbs vs Ian Williams possibly unless we keep 7 DL and both probably make it.
OLB- Fleming to IR makes it easy on us so we don't have to pick between Johnson and him if we keep 4 OLB. Brooks, Smith and Haralson are locks IMO. Kourtnei Brown could possibly push Johnson for that 4th spot but he probably ends up on the PS. If we don't keep 4 Johnson to PS.
ILB- Odds are we keep Gooden and make it 4 ILB. Unless we were worried about someone else signing Grant why have Gooden back if we only wanted 3 ILBs?
CB- Have said all along and will stand by it in that both Perrish Cox and Tramaine Brock make the team. Expect good things from both of them.
S- Goldson, Whitner and Spillman are all locks. Seems like Robinson battles it out with Colin Jones for the last spot. Doubt we can afford to keep both unless we keep Jones for ST reasons instead of Cartwright.
Battles and Questions:
-3rd QB: Josh Johnson vs Tolzien (Johnson the favorite)
-RB/FB/ST: Cartwright/Dixon or neither?
-DL: Dobbs vs Ian Williams or both make it?
-4th S: Trent Robinson vs Colin Jones
-3rd TE: Reuland vs Byham
-Backup Center: Kilgore vs Slowey vs Beeler
-Backup FB: Sopoaga vs Tukuafu vs Cartwright vs Dixon or multiple guys
-3 or 4 OLBs?
-5 or 6 WRs?
QB- Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson
RB- Frank Gore, LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs
FB- Bruce Miller
WR- Crabtree, Moss, Manningham, Ginn, AJ Jenkins, Kyle Willliams
TE- Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Reuland (Byham not fully healthy?)
OT- Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, Mike Person
OG- Mike Iupati, Alex Boone (Backup T as well), Joe Looney
C- Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore (backup RG as well)
NT- Isaac Sopoaga, RJF (3rd DE as well), Ian Williams
DE- Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs
ILB- Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden
OLB- Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, Cam Johnson
CB- Rogers, Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver, Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock
S- Dashon Goldson, Donte Whitner, CJ Spillman, Trent Robinson
ST: (4) K- David Akers, P-Andy Lee, LS-Brian Jennings, ST-Rock Cartwright
IR - Darius Fleming
Only problem I had was my last 3 I am unsure about which are Cartwright, Colin Jones and Ian Williams. Two of them can make it with my roster scenario. Went with Ian and Cartwright (vet leader as well) but could easily go with any two of them.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Jul 8, 2012 at 3:11 AM ]