As I look at the current 74 man roster and the moves that got the team to this point, it occurs to me that there are dramatic changes ahead for this team. The fact that we have so many players injured is one thing, but almost everyone on the PUP or IR is going to be on this team if and when they come back healthy. Add to that the plethora of draft picks this team has, once again, and the next 12 months is going to be interesting.
WR Michael Crabtree
WR Mario Manningham
DT Tank Carradine
DT Quinton Dial
These four guys are expected back some time this season. That means we will see a big roster change at two positions. If we carry 5 WRs going into the season, at least one of them won't make it out. Boldin, KW, and Patton are the safest. They will keep their spots unless an injury occurs. Moore has played well, but has never made an impact as a WR before so the season is really an extended tryout for him. Baldwin might get a longer leash since he is just coming to the team. Who gets cut probably depends on production and health, but it figures to be a tough choice.
As for the defensive line, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Ian Williams, and Glenn Dorsey appear to be the core of the unit. They aren't going anywhere. Tony Jerrod-Eddie has had a very good preseason and seems to be a rising player. Tukuafu and Dobbs have been disappointing for their own reasons. Tukuafu has the strength and Dobbs has the quickness, but they have both underachieved. Carradine and Dial will take over for two of these guys just because the team wants to see what they have. If Tukuafu and/or Dobbs can't crack the rotation, they will be gone. I think Jerrod-Eddie makes the team and sticks.
After the season we will have these guys returning:
RB Marcus Lattimore
CB Chris Culliver
Lattimore's form could mean that this is Gore's last season here. Culliver will come back to a positiuon group in flux. Nnamdi, Brown, Cox, and Brock will be free agents. Rogers needs a very strong year to justify his contract. Culliver may be the only starting caliber player in this group before the draft and Free Agency.
We will also have OT Like Marquardt and CB Eric Wright at some point this season. Neither of them will be guaranteed a spot, but it will necessitate more roster moves. Add in the 11 draft picks we have already and the need to sign guys like Kaepernick, Iupati and Boone, and we will see plenty of new faces. Interesting times ahead. Now, if only the league would expand rosters to 60 players...