Looking at the final 53-man roster for the San Francisco 49ers , there are not many surprises. At the same time, it will be interesting to see who will potentially get released to make room for a player who is currently on the PUP list or on the reserve/non-football injury list.
Beginning with the quarterback position, the biggest surprise here was with B.J. Daniels and the fact that he played his way onto the 53 man roster. The initial expectation was Daniels would spend the 2013 season on the practice squad with Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien ahead of him on the depth chart.
But beginning with his performance in Week 2 of the preseason, Daniels showed very good qualities and as a result, forced his way onto the 53 man roster.
There are no surprises at who is making up the running back/fullback depth chart, but as CSN Bay Area 49ers beat reporter Matt Maiocco has pointed out, Anthony Dixon could be released if the 49ers end up signing fullback Owen Marecic, a player recently released by the Cleveland Browns.
With the wide receiver and tight end positions, the only real question was who would be the final wide receiver on the roster. The answer ended up being Marlon Moore, but with Mario Manningham slated to return after he comes off the PUP list and Michael Crabtree slated to return late in the season, he could eventually be released to make room.
When looking at the defensive line, the one surprise is the inclusion of Tony Jerrod-Eddie, but he is a player who could be released soon given that Demarcus Dobbs can return for Week 2 from serving a suspension for violating the league’s drug policy. In addition, Will Tukufau could also be released later on once rookie Quinton Dial is activated from the reserve/non-football injury list.
Looking at the linebacker corps and in particular the inside/middle linebacker position, the biggest surprise was seeing Nate Stupar being on the 53 man roster. While not expected to see significant time with the defense, Stupar can be expected to be a key member of the special teams.
The same goes for Bubba Ventrone, but as Matt Maiocco highlighted, his inclusion is more to be a special teams stalwart, serving as the personal protector for Andy Lee on punt coverage.
The final surprise of the 49ers 53-man roster is that 13-year veteran Brian Jennings was released in favor of the younger and cheaper Kevin McDermott. While McDermott is certainly deserving of his roster spot as the long snapper, the fact that releasing Jennings frees up $535,000 from the salary cap played a role in the move.