Originally posted by dj43:
That is pretty much how I see it as well.
By this time, I believe the coaches have 50 of the 53 already settled. The balance of PS will be to settle the final 3. The practice squad will be where the big competition occurs. There are some pretty talented guys that will wind up somewhere in the league if the don't make it here.
I think these guys are pretty much on the 53 man roster right now.
QB(2)- Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick
RB(5)- Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Brandon Jacobs, LaMichael James and Rock Cartwright
FB(1)- Bruce MIller
WR(6)- Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, AJ Jenkins, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn Jr.
TE(2)- Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker
C(1)- Jonathan Goodwin
OG(3)- Mike Iupati, Alex Boone and Daniel Kilgore
OT(3)- Joe Staley, Anthony Davis and Mike Person
DE(4)- Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Demarcus Dobbs and Will Tukuafu
NT(2)- Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois
OLB(2)- Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith (Parys Haralson if he takes a pay cut)
ILB(4)- Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden
CB(3)- Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver
S(3)- Dashon Goldson, Donte Whitner and CJ Spillman
PK(1)- David Akers
P(1)- Andy Lee
LS(1)- Brian Jennings
That is a total of 43 spots locked up.
Players who are vying for remaining 10 spots would be.
QB- Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien
WR- Nathan Palmer, Chris Owusu and Brian Tyms (Would need to unset Kyle Williams some how)
TE- Nate Byham and Konrad Reuland
C- Jason Slowey
OG- Joe Looney and Leonard Davis
OLB- Eric Bakhtiari, Parys Haralson and Cam Johnson
NT- Ian Williams
CB- Perrish Cox, Tramaine Brock and Darcel McBath
S- Trenton Robinson, Colin Jones and Michael Thomas
That's 20 players vying for 10 spots.
Guys with long shot right now would be.
RB- Anthony Dixon
FB- Cameron Bell
WR- Brett Swain, and Joe Hastings
TE- Garrett Celek
C- Chase Beeler
OG- Kenny Wiggins and Garrett Chisolm
OT- Derek Hall
DE- Patrick Butrym, Matthew Masifilo and Tony Jerod-Eddie
OLB - Kourtnei Brown
ILB- Michael Wilhoite
CB- Anthony Mosley, Ben Hannula and Deante Purvis
S- Mark LeGree
PK- Girogio Tavecchio
LS- Kyle Nelson
To me, these guys have little to no chance to make team. Jacobs proved he is better than Dixon last night, and the rest were camp fodder.
Obviously a lot of these guys make it because of salaries, either ton of guaranteed, making it unlikely of cuts, like Manningham and Alex, who's deals are guaranteed for 2012.