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49ers live cuts tracker: How 53-man roster is shaping up

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SANTA CLARA – By 4 p.m. ET on August 31, the San Francisco 49ers will have 53 players on their roster. This piece will be updated as cuts happen throughout the next two days, until the team eventually gets down to that number.

August 30

10:18 AM: According to Adam Schefter, the 49ers released offensive tackle Sam Young. This was a somewhat significant move for the 49ers after the team lost swing tackle Shon Coleman for the season. It likely signifies one of two things; that the team is comfortable with rookie offensive tackle Justin Skule (a sixth-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt University) as the team’s backup tackle, or the team is looking to the waiver wire (where the 49ers’ have No. 2 priority) or trade market to acquire another tackle. The 49ers have made trades in each of the past two seasons to acquire offensive linemen (Coleman and Laken Tomlinson were both acquired that way).

10:31: NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the 49ers would waive Tyree Mayfield, an undrafted rookie who had a rough camp. He was not expected to make the roster.

10:52 AM: According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, the 49ers parted ways with defensive tackle Jay Bromley. Like Mayfield, he was not expected to make the roster.

11:30 AM: The team reportedly released cornerback Dontae Johnson, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports. Despite late improvement in the preseason, he had a poor training camp and was always at the back end of the cornerback competition.

11:31 AM: According to Barrows, the 49ers released offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, a Vanderbilt alum who played his college ball with Jordan Matthews and provided advice to Skule throughout camp, as Skule told KNBR earlier this offseason.

11:39 AM: Quinten Rollins joins Dontae Johnson as one of the two cornerbacks to be cut thus far; another expected move.

11:48: There were plenty of question marks at running back after Jeff Wilson had another fantastic performance in the fourth preseason game (20 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD after a 2 TD game in preseason Week 3), and it was reported that Jerick McKinnon would go on one of the injured reserve lists this morning, but Brandon Wilds was never one of those questions. According to Maiocco, he’s been waived.

11:50 AM: According to Barrows, defensive back Jordan Holland, the son of linebacker coach Johnny Holland, who was signed earlier this week, has been released.

11:55 AM: Cornerback Chris Campbell, who, like Holland, was also signed this week, has been released per the 49ers. The previously mentioned players, according to Maiocco, may be all the 49ers announce before August 31.

August 31

9:38 AM: The 49ers have finally cut guard Joshua Garnett, who has had nothing short of a woefully disappointing tenure with the organization, often being sidelined with injuries after being drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

9:43 AM: According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the team will release Jeremiah Valoaga, who had an impressive preseason.

9:44 AM: According to Barrows, linebacker David Mayo will be cut. He was in the mix for one of the 49ers’ linebacking spots.

9:45 AM: Probably the most significant cut thus far, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, is wide receiver Jordan Matthews. It’s good news for Kendrick Bourne and Richie James Jr.

10:05 AM: Adrian Colbert’s next on the cut list, according to Barrows. This comes as little surprise considering both the difficulty Colbert has had with deep coverages and his inability to stay healthy in the second half of the preseason with a hamstring injury. His cut is a likely signal that Marcell Harris will make the team.

10:47 AM: This is a somewhat surprising move to cut Damontre Moore, as reported by The San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch. Moore led the team in QB hits in the preseason with nine and looking fantastic rushing off the edge. The decision to cut Moore is surprising both due to his excellent camp, the likely season-ending IR designation of Kentavius Street and Nick Bosa’s questionability for Week 1. It is likely a reflection of the team’s confidence in the positional flexibility of its defensive line and desire to keep one or both of defensive tackles Jullian Taylor and Kevin Givens. To read about Moore, who has had some off-field issues that may have played into the equation, click here.

12:34 PM: Jamell Garcia-Williams, a 22-year-old 6’8″ undrafted rookie from UAB, was waived, according to Branch and is a strong practice squad candidate.

12:36 PM: The team waived the 23-year-old Ross Reynolds, who, like Garcia-Williams, is an undrafted rookie with a good chance to join the team’s practice squad.

12:49 PM: Add Daniel Helm, another undrafted rookie, to the list of likely practice squad candidates, per Barrows. He outplayed fellow undrafted rookie tight end Tyree Mayfield in the preseason.

1:02 PM: The 49ers released Elijah Lee, according to Barrows. His broken thumb was certainly a consideration.

1:06 PM: Per Maiocco, the 49ers waived Jeff Wilson Jr. While he had an impressive pair of preseason games (2 TDs in game three and 20 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD in game four), the 49ers don’t need Wilson and likely believe he can make it to their practice squad.

1:29 PM: Both Kevin Givens and Najee Toran were waived, according to Barrows. Both were on the bubble.


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