With all 32 NFL teams expected to trim their rosters to 75 by 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, the San Francisco 49ers announced their first set of cuts on Monday. One of those was quarterback Scott Tolzien. After the signing of Seneca Wallace late last week, it was clear that one of the quarterbacks was going to be released, and it ended up being Tolzien.
Given how Tolzien had played this preseason, it was safe to assume that he was a likely candidate to be released and when it was announced on Monday, needless to say it was no surprise. Coming into training camp, Tolzien was in a position to battle with Colt McCoy for the backup quarterback role on the team.
After B.J. Daniels led a game-winning drive against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tolzien found himself facing the possibility of being released.
Tolzien’s release now helps to further clarify the situation at the quarterback position for the 49ers. Instead of five quarterbacks on the roster, the 49ers have four, and it is apparent that even with those four still on roster, Seneca Wallace will be released after Thursday’s final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Given that Daniels has played to such a level, trying to hide him now on the practice squad is not feasible.
For fringe players like Tolzien, preseason offers the opportunity to play their way onto the team, or at the very least make a claim to remain on the team. Unfortunately for Tolzien, he failed to seize on the chance as the offense never looked in rhythm when he was under center, and he was rightfully released as a result.