San Francisco 49ers’ 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts in 2014

San Francisco 49ers' 5 Most Surprising Roster Cuts of 2014

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The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2014 preseason loaded with talent on both offense and defense. When the 53-man roster was set on Saturday, though, several key members of last year's special teams unit fell victim of the numbers game. Here's a look at the five most surprising cuts made by the 49ers.

5. WR Kassim Osgood

Kassim Osgood
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5. WR Kassim Osgood

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Osgood was one of the final cuts last year, but he found his way back onto the 49ers roster early in the season and played a key role. With San Francisco’s added depth at wide receiver, it was obvious Osgood’s opportunity would be as a core special teams player. Over the past several years, he has proven to be one of the best in the entire league in that capacity, and blocked a punt he had in Thursday’s preseason finale resulted in a safety.

4. OL Adam Snyder

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4. OL Adam Snyder

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Snyder, a 10-year veteran, served as a backup at both the tackle and guard positions for the 49ers. With the holdout of Alex Boone, Snyder figured to be the top reserve at guard, but Boone’s impending return and the development of Joe Looney made Snyder expendable.

3. CB Darryl Morris

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3. CB Darryl Morris

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Morris contributed as a rookie in 2013, primarily on special teams, as he recorded six tackles in 13 games. He was outperformed in the secondary by Chris Cook and Perrish Cox in the preseason contests, though, and the 49ers saw more potential in the bigger-bodied rookie Dontae Johnson.

2. S CJ Spillman

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2. S CJ Spillman

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Spillman played in every game for the 49ers over the past three seasons and recorded a career-best 25 tackles in 2013. In addition to playing in select defensive packages as a safety, Spillman was perhaps the most notable special teams player for San Francisco, serving as the gunner in kick and punt coverages. His salary ($ 1.2 million) ultimately forced the 49ers to go with a cheaper option in undrafted rookie L.J McCray.

1. LS Kevin McDermott

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1. LS Kevin McDermott

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Rarely does cutting a long snapper constitute a shocking decision, but there was barely a whisper of McDermott’s spot on the roster being in jeopardy prior to Saturday’s cuts. Last year, McDermott supplanted longtime 49ers snapper Brian Jennings to claim a spot and was nearly flawless in his first season. Kyle Nelson, who also serves as a backup tight end, opened eyes with his two touchdown performance on Thursday, though, and earned the spot.


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